Million Dollar Arm: Sometimes to Win, You Have to Change the Game Paperback – 14 Aug 2014
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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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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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Some of the greatest achievements are made from mistakes that do not turn out as you expected.
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.
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*