"[Lewis] has such a gift for storytelling."-New York
There was a turning point in Michael Lewis's life, in a baseball
game when he was fourteen years old. The irascible and often
terrifying Coach Fitz put the ball in his hand with the game on the
line and managed to convey such confident trust in Lewis's ability
that the boy had no choice but to live up to it. "I didn't have
words for it then, but I do now: I am about to show the world, and
myself, what I can do."
The coach's message was not simply about winning, but about
self-respect, sacrifice, courage, and endurance. In some ways, and
even now, thirty years later, Lewis still finds himself trying to
measure up to what Coach Fitz expected of him.
"[Lewis] writes as lucidly for sports fans as for those who read
him for other reasons."-Janet Maslin, New York Times