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- Full Title: Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
- When Written: 2002
- Where Written: California
- When Published: 17 June 2003
- Genre: Nonfiction / Sports Writing
- Setting: Major league baseball, 2002 season, mostly in Oakland, California
- Climax: The Oakland A’s twentieth straight win in the 2002 season
- Antagonist: Conventional baseball wisdom
- Point of View: Third person, with frequent first-person asides from author Michael Lewis
Extra Credit for Moneyball
The King of Hollywood. Filmmakers love Michael Lewis’s books—in the last ten years, three of them (The Blind Side, Moneyball, and The Big Short) have been made into successful, Academy Award-nominated films.
Moneyballing. It’s a rare author who coins a term that enters the language, and Michael Lewis is one of those rare authors. Since the publication of Moneyball, the term “moneyball” has been adopted to describe the practice of using statistics to seek out an edge in the baseball “market” by finding more efficient and effective ways of building a team.