Michael Lewis, who wrote the book Moneyball — recently turned into a blockbuster movie — is a master of using a compelling human story to show how we truly value each other. The premise: Underdog major-league general manager Billy Beane, eternally damned to not field a championship team because he’s playing in a small market, bucks conventional wisdom by drafting a team based on statistical analysis of human capital — i.e., the players. For Beane, the roster becomes an equation to be solved.
A few years ago, Lewis wrote another book, about the 1996 presidential election, called Losers. In a way, it was his political version of Moneyball. It’s a story about another quixotic quest, which asks us: What value system are we using to judge our political candidates?
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