The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

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Moneyball is a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the front offices of major league teams and the dugouts, perhaps even in the minds of the players themselves. Michael Lewis mines all these possibilities - his intimate and original portraits of big league ballplayers are alone worth the price of admission - but the real jackpot is a cache of numbers - numbers! - collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software... more

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Carol Dweck You would think that the relationship between training and skill would be utterly obvious in sports, but apparently it isn’t. (Source)

Daniel Hamermesh What the book is really about is a guy who is using some econometrics to predict which players will do better in advancing wins, which is a remarkable use of economic thinking. (Source)

Timothy J. Jorgensen I like this book because statistics is a very dry subject, but Lewis makes the numbers come to life by integrating them into Beane’s life story. (Source)

Scott Keyes Other than How To Win Friends And Influence People and Daily Rituals (for the reasons outlined above), I would recommend reading both Malcolm Gladwell’s collection, everything from Tipping Point to David & Goliath, and Michael Lewis’ as well, from Moneyball to The Blind Side. Irrespective of content, both are wonderful writers who use stories in effortless, compelling ways to make larger points. It’s something that can and should be emulated by everyone, not just writers. (Source)

Ed Smith This is about a guy using econometrics to predict which baseball players will do better in advancing wins, a remarkable use of economic thinking. (Source)

David Papineau It’s a parable of the disinclination of people in general to base their practices on evidence, a parable for evidence-based policy in general. (Source)

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