This inside view with the Cardinalsâ€™ Tony La Russa by the #1 New York Timesâ€“bestselling author of Friday Night Lights â€śshould appeal to any baseball fanâ€ť (Publishers Weekly).
A Chicago Tribune Best Book of the Year
â€śPlenty of books have taken us inside baseball, but August takes us directly inside playersâ€™ heads.â€ť â€”Entertainment Weekly
3 Nights in August captures the strategic and emotional complexities of baseballâ€™s quintessential form: the three-game series. As the St. Louis Cardinals battle their archrival, the Chicago Cubs, we watch from the dugout through the eyes of legendary Tony La Russa, considered by many to be the greatest manager of the modern era. In his thirty-three years of managing, La Russa won three World Series titles and was named Manager of the Year a record five times. He now stands as the third-winningest manager in the history of baseball.
A great leader, La Russa built his success on the conviction that ball games are won not only by the numbers but also by the hearts and minds of those who play. Drawing on unprecedented access to a major league skipper and his team, Buzz Bissinger portrays baseball with a revelatory intimacy that offers many surprisingly tactical insightsâ€”and furthers the debate on major league managerial style and strategy in his provocative afterword.
â€śSuperb . . . Will be devoured by hard-core strategists.â€ť â€”The New York Times Book Review