Fantasyland: A Sportswriter's Obsessive Bid to Win the World's Most Ruthless Fantasy Baseball

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Overview

Every spring, millions of Americans prepare to take part in one of the oddest, most obsessive, and most engrossing rituals in the sports pantheon: Rotisserie baseball, a fantasy game where armchair fans match wits by building their own teams. In 2004, Sam Walker, a sports columnist for the Wall Street Journal, decided to explore this phenomenon by talking his way into Tout Wars, a league reserved for the nation’s top experts. The result is one of the most sheerly entertaining sports books in years and a matchless...

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Overview

Every spring, millions of Americans prepare to take part in one of the oddest, most obsessive, and most engrossing rituals in the sports pantheon: Rotisserie baseball, a fantasy game where armchair fans match wits by building their own teams. In 2004, Sam Walker, a sports columnist for the Wall Street Journal, decided to explore this phenomenon by talking his way into Tout Wars, a league reserved for the nation’s top experts. The result is one of the most sheerly entertaining sports books in years and a matchless look into the heart and soul of our national pastime.

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A vivid journey into baseball’s bizarro world . . . Mr. Walker not only finds the humor in this world of the obsessed, he also finds the drama. (Dan Barry, The New York Times)

Brilliantly funny. (The Washington Post)

I have read many books on baseball, but none of them approach the delight, the zaniness, the lunacy, and the sheer reading pleasure of Sam Walker’s Fantasyland. (Buzz Bissinger, author of Three Nights in August and Friday Night Lights

The most entertaining book ever written about pretend sports. (Chuck Klosterman, Play: The New York Times Sports Magazine)

From the Publisher
A vivid journey into baseball’s bizarro world . . . Mr. Walker not only finds the humor in this world of the obsessed, he also finds the drama. (Dan Barry, The New York Times)

Brilliantly funny. (The Washington Post)

I have read many books on baseball, but none of them approach the delight, the zaniness, the lunacy, and the sheer reading pleasure of Sam Walker’s Fantasyland. (Buzz Bissinger, author of Three Nights in August and Friday Night Lights

The most entertaining book ever written about pretend sports. (Chuck Klosterman, Play: The New York Times Sports Magazine)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143038436
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/27/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 543,047
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Sam Walker is a senior special writer for The Wall Street Journal and appears frequently on ESPNews.

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  • Posted October 21, 2011

    Fantastic!

    This is a great book for anyone involved in ANY fantasy sports league. I hated getting to the final chapter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2008

    Hilarious

    one of the funniest books i've read in ages. for any baseball fan, not just fantasy dorks. it's like Money Ball by Michael Lewis rewritten by AJ Jacobs but funnier. Go Soxs!

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