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