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Although this isn't what one would call a 'definitive biography' about the outsider baseball owner of the Kansas City Athletics, it is a descriptive and inside account about a man who definitively changed baseball and another who silently facilitated it.
I gave an overall rating of 5 stars because I've been an Oakland A's fan since 1988 when Orel Hershiser and Kirk Gibson broke my heart by defeating my newly chosen team in the World Series; redemption would come a year later. This book lacks many details and counter points that one would expect from a biography, but the author readily admits that she only wrote this book because, "she was the only one left who could." (i.e., she's the only one still alive with that inside perspective to counter the voracious Finley haters who've tarnished his legacy.
If you're an A's fan, then you must read this book. Beware, you'll hate the Yankees more than ever. If you're a baseball fan then this book is a delicious part of baseball history that shouldn't be forgotten.
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I really liked this book. Yes, it may be a bit "Finley Sided", but all the other books have been of the opinions of those writers. It was good to read her take on it.