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What did you like best about this story?
I lived through the A's dynasty, beginning as a young teen. I didn't appreciate the total lack of community support in Oakland, the depth of talent that Finley and his scouts discovered or that the A's sported baseball's first facial hair in something like half a century. This is a story about baseball. The author makes no attempt to tie the team to a societal revolution. It's a great inside look at friendships, fights, stalemates between owner and players, personalities, events and even a little baseball strategy.
What does Jason Turbow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Turbow is the rare author who serves as a good narrator. He kept the story engaging.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Not one, but many relates. He gives a balanced portrayal of the innovative, bombastic, larger-than-life Charlie O. Finley. We see the duplicity and the sincerity in the man, as well as his bungling negotiations with players and his generosity when players performed exceptionally. Finley was a complicated man, and I thought that Turbow explores him in depth and in a balanced manner.
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Loved the history behind this team. Watched them growing up and knew there had to be some stories to be told.