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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; Film Tie-In edition (14 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471136221
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471136221
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 903,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

J.B. Bernstein is one of the leading sports agents in the USA, having worked with stars such as Barry Bonds, Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith. He devised the idea for the reality show The Million Dollar Arm. That story is soon to become a major Hollywood film, with Jon Hamm playing JB. He lives in the USA, and is married with one daughter.


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When sports agent JB sees cricket being played on TV in India he wonders if he could cull a pitcher from there. He goes there and sets up a reality tv show and locates two guys who make have wht it takes.

He brings them to the United States to train for six months to get a try-out to sign a contract. Includes color pictures. Some swearing.
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A successful but personally unfulfilled sports agent looks for Major League Baseball talent in India and in looking after two Indian teenagers finds a meaning to life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Million Dollar Arm: Sometimes to Win, You Have to Change the game 24 April 2014
By Carol Ann Stone - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is fantastic. I read it in only a few hours. I was so amazed as how these two young men from India learned English and also learned how to play baseball. I admire J.B. Bernstein for taking on the responsibility of living with these young men and guiding them as they learn how to play baseball in the US. These young men were so lucky to have an agent such as J.B. Bernstein. This man was willing to put his life on hold to make sure these two young men succeeded. Must read book. I am looking forward to the Disney movie which comes out in June. If you don't have a chance to read the book go see the movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Young Adult book 2 May 2014
By Naomi Buechner - Published on Amazon.com
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This book focuses on the life lessons learned by the sports agent as well as the two young men from India. When you are faced with an issue whether it be job related or personal, collaboration and problem solving skills are key as well as not fearing failure.
Some of the greatest achievements are made from mistakes that do not turn out as you expected.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great audiobook listen for the whole family 27 May 2014
By Jennifer Donovan - Published on Amazon.com
Summer is a great time to find an audiobook that the whole family can enjoy. Whether you are taking a road trip or just enjoy listening to it at home or hearing 20 minute-bits as you are driving from here to there, I think that this one would be a good one for 9ish and up through adult. I enjoyed it a lot.

I don't feel like I need to say what the book is about, since Disney publicized the heck out of it for the movie. I haven't seen the movie yet, but it seems that the book and the movie were sort of done concurrently. For those who have seen the movie or will see it after, Bernstein talks about how the movie came to be made, a bit about the casting process, and some of the differences between the real story and the movie version.

This is not just a story about baseball. I'm not really a baseball fan, but I still enjoyed it. My son isn't either, and he's interested in seeing the movie. It's a story about dreams and motivation and innovation.

CONTENT: Because I'm recommending this for family listening, I wanted to point out that J.B. does talk about the early empty life he led of picking up women and bringing them home. He talks about him getting out of bed when he couldn't sleep and then them leaving. I don't remember any swearing, so it wasn't prolific, though I can't guarantee that there's not a mild swear word or two in the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Read It In 4 Hours 1 Jun. 2014
By avidreader - Published on Amazon.com
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I love true stories, especially (I admit it) feel-good stories. Sports books aren't my favorite genre, so if they aren't yours either, don't let that stop you. This was a quick read, too, easy to finish in a single evening.

Bernstein was an American sports agent who launched a reality show in cricket-crazed India to discover someone with enough potential to become a major league baseball player, because he's become disillusioned by the young talent in the US. He's lucky enough to find three and is able to bring two of them back. Million Dollar Arm tells that story. It's currently being made into a movie.

Minor quibble:The POVs of Dinesh and Rinku were missing; their perspective would have added a lot to the story, especially on events near the end. I realize they didn't author the book, but if they had written even a few paragraphs in the epilogue it would have felt more complete.

If you liked this, see: Invictus on DVD.

*ARC won in a Goodreads.com giveaway*
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read 10 May 2014
By timothy sho donahue - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book. You do not have to be a baseball fan to enjoy it either. The challenge to find a big league pitcher in India is a good story in itself as base ball is unknown in India.It is quite an undertaking. Then there is the cultural aspect of the Indian boys learning about life in America which is educational, interesting and at times funny.
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