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Coach: Lessons on Baseball and Life Hardcover – 27 Apr 2005

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  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; First Edition edition (27 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393060918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857091086
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.5 x 18.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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About the Author

Michael Lewis, is the best-selling author of Liar's Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, and Flash Boys. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.


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Nice book. Was finished in about 10 minutes which to me translates as, it flows well. There is nothing 'new' in here and I think more people than not will relate or recognise a Coach Fitz character in their lives - whether they found it a positive, enabling experience or not is a different matter! Might have been good to get more perspective from Lewis' peers on their life coach, otherwise it sounds like a homage to the man, which misses the point.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We all had that coach - The one who impacted our lives... 20 Aug. 2014
By JohnA Passaro - Published on Amazon.com
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I truly value that Michael Lewis wrote an inspiring impactful story at its proper length.

A story that has tremendous value was told and written without any fluff or run on tangents for word count or page fill.

Do not value this book by the page, value it by the impact that the words on those pages have.

I know that I have and I have reread this book many, many times.

We all have that 1 coach that we would do anything for - I know that I have.

It just so happens to be that 1 coach that some people don't like just as intensely.

There is a reason for that - that coach made you surpass your limits of what you thought was possible - made you feel comfortable with being uncomfortable.

Some value that, and some would rather stay within their comfortable limits.

It is interesting to note that the coach never changed over time, the only thing that changed was how he was valued.

With some valuing "not to loose what they have" over "becoming what they could be."

Praise to Michael Lewis for telling a meaningful story at its proper length.

It is more powerful than any 600+ page book that I have ever read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable Takeaways for Fathers and Mothers 4 Jan. 2017
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This book is funny, powerful, and short enough to become monthly reading. I found Lewis's reflections on his old baseball coach to be inspiring. I often find myself recounting the lessons of my coaches when playing with my own son. The takeaways from the book now provide me with the motivation and internal monologue to remind myself that me, and my son's future coaches, are the ones responsible for teaching our sons and daughters to overcome adversity and to achieve their fullest potential.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! 30 April 2015
By Joel S. - Published on Amazon.com
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In a day where grit and perseverance are treated as relics, Michael Lewis engages readers with his fascinating account of his high school baseball coach.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works both as social commentary and portrait of one man 28 July 2005
By joseph crowley - Published on Amazon.com
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Michael Lewis has combined a healthy curiosity about how organizations behave with an engaging narrative style to produce the eye-opening Liar's Poker, Moneyball and New, New Thing, among other books.

In this short portrait of his high-school baseball coach, Lewis merges a study of that individual with an affirmation of the effect of his values on the boys who played on his baseball team at a toney prep school, along with an essay as to why such a manly, hard-core method is pretty much forbidden by the realities of parental pressure today.

The book fundamentally expresses gratitude for the author's good fortune to have been at an elite high school in a spartan era. It does not fully explain the basic motivation of the coach, but leaves a melancholy impression that his type of dinosaur is needed now more than ever, just when the system seeks something different.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Target Audience Young Adults 16 Sept. 2005
By Astrogal - Published on Amazon.com
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I differ with previous reviews lamenting the brevity of the book. Obviously, adults reading the book were thinking in terms of adults. I read the book thinking about my 12-year old grandson and felt it was a perfect book to send him at this stage in his life.

This is exactly the type of book you would want to send your grandchildren or have your own children read.

It sends a powerful message and being written by someone having been coached by this person at the age of 13 makes it even more valid.

It may be short, but that's the beauty of it. It keeps your interest, gets the point across and leaves you wishing for more or better yet, offers the opportunity for discussion with young adults.
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