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Built to Win: Inside Stories and Leadership Strategies from Baseball's Winningest GM

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Good insight into the Braves run

    I really enjoyed this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2006

    The previous negative review is true.

    The book is literally written at a middle school level. I forced my self to finish the book, meaning it does not keep the reader interested at all. His pompous (sp?) views toward himself is sickening. It was so sick that you wonder to yourself 'Is this guy for real? Does he even know how pompous he sounds?' Also, regarding Moneyball, he tries to debunk it by simply stating 'see, we look at stats too!'-all while not even stating what stats he looks at. He must think Moneyball was only about looking at stats when it was really about market inefficiencies and taking advantage of that in Oakland and the world of MLB. I rated this book as poor only because VERY VERY POOR was not an option.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2006

    Great Team, Great Book!

    Who knew Barry Bonds was once a Brave? You would if you read this book. I love the insight John gives from behind his desk. Definately a book any Braves fan, or baseball fan for that matter, should have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2006

    Schuerholz is a great GM, not a great author

    I am an Atlantan and a life-long Braves fan. John Schuerholz is a great GM, but this book was a big disappointment. The book conveys very little insight into how the Braves were built into the winner they have been over the past 15 years. The book is written in a conversational style and at a middle-school reading level. The book does not flow well at all. It attempts to weave player personnel issues & transactions with Schuerholz's approach to building a winning team to describe his management philosophy - i.e. we don't want trouble-makers on the team & you have to agree to our team rules to earn the privilege of playing here. The results are not insightful or interesting. The book bounces back and forth between baseball and the Braves management & team approach, but never goes into any detail on either. Other than the Bonds deal, there is no real insight that Atlantans wouldn't have seen in the newspaper. The managerial 'insight' is Management 101-level at best. Schuerholz constantly pats himself on the back, reminds the reader that he is the man in charge, provides backhanded compliments to various people, and takes mean-spirited jabs at the media when they criticized him on a deal he made that turned out well. He has a very condescending, know-it-all persona in person, and that comes through in the book. Schuerholz blasts the book Moneyball, contrasting the Oakland A's approach to his own, but that book is infinitely more interesting than his. Don't waste your time here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2006

    Schuerholz = Model GM

    As a fan who is fascinated with the management side of Baseball, John takes you inside his office to show how it is done behind closed doors. His track record can not be denied, and he shares his leadership and beliefs in building a winning and sucessful organization.

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