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'Moneyball' among must-reads this summer

'Moneyball' leads a bumper crop of recently released baseball books that are as hot as the weather.

Originally Published: August 5, 2003
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

All right, Oprah's Off-Base Book Club is in session. Here's your summer reading list:

We'll start with the summer's must-read -- "Moneyball'' by Michael Lewis (W.W. Norton, $24.95). "Moneyball'' critics -- and they are legion -- have focused on three areas. One, that the book ignores the important contributions of scouts in building the team (yes, it does). Two, Billy Beane is arrogant (yes, he is, but entertainingly so, and no more than most general managers). And three, that the Athletics' ...

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