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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Book Championship Series: Moneyball by Michael Lewis

Well I've finished the fantastic "Inherent Vice" by Thomas Pynchon.  Pynchon is one of my favorite writers because he is one of the most colorful and creative wordsmiths I've ever read.  Although I enjoyed the story in this book, I think I just really like how Pynchon describes situations, his style is truly unique.  Inherent Vice is about a cannabis fueled private detective working on a case to uncover the mystery behind a missing real estate mogul that involves international drug cartels, ex-lovers, corrupt police officials, and the seedy underworld of the LA beach communities in the 1970's.

Next up for the acclaimed Book Championship Series is a book I've had my eye on for a few years but just kept putting off for some reason.  Today marks the day that I finally get around to Michael Lewis's claim to fame, "Moneyball."  For those unfamiliar, Moneyball is about how then GM of the Oakland Athletics changed the baseball landscape by finding great value in generally undesirable players and turned his low budget team into a serious contender.  Lewis is a big fan of value discrepancies and I'm really looking forward to learning all about this story.  As a football fan, I love the NFL Draft for the same reason.  Teams place sometimes extremely different values on different players and different attributes but it's the understanding the difference between your team's value and all the others that makes a successful draft.  Anyway, I'm really excited to dig into this one to see if there is anything that applies to other sports.

  As always, let me know if you guys have read either book or if you have future recommendations for me.

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