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Author: Jason Turbow Narrator: Jason Turbow Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2017 ISBN: 9781681684666
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How the Oakland A’s of the 1970s—a revolutionary band of brawling Hall of Famers—won three straight championships and knocked baseball into the modern age

The Oakland A’s of the early 1970s were the most transformative team in baseball history. Never before had an entire organization so collectively traumatized baseball’s establishment with its outlandish behavior and business decisions, let alone an indisputably winning record: five consecutive division titles and three straight championships. The drama that played out on the field was exceeded only by the drama in the clubhouse and front office. But those A’s, with their garish uniforms and outlandish facial hair, redefined the game for coming generations.

Under the visionary leadership of owner Charles O. Finley, the team assembled such luminaries as Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, Rollie Fingers, and Vida Blue. Finley acted as his own general manager, his insatiable need for control dictating everything from the play list of the ballpark organist to the menu for the media lounge. So pervasive was his meddling that one of his managers, Dick Williams, quit in the middle of the championship celebration following Oakland’s game seven victory over the Mets in the 1973 World Series. The advent of free agency spelled the end of Finley’s reign; within two years, his dynasty was lost.

A sprawling, brawling history of one of baseball’s unforgettable teams, Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic is a paean to a turbulent, magical time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] colorful, hilarious, and impossible-to-put-down account of the Swingin’ A’s, from their tyrannical, unhinged, and wildly innovative owner to the brawling players whose locker-room dysfunction fueled one of baseball’s greatest dynasties.”

    Steve Fainaru, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Carefully researched and often hilarious…has plenty to offer fans both serious and casual…Turbow has unearthed new perspectives on brief but important chapters in team history.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A must-read for A’s fans.”

    San Jose Mercury News

  • “Even if you’re not a baseball fanatic, Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic is a highly entertaining look at the slightly dysfunctional, rough-and-tumble Oakland A’s during the 1970s.”

    BookPage

  • “Captures that glorious time period, brilliantly weaving fascinating tales of the team’s colorful cast of characters while offering a behind-the-scenes look at a great time in sports history…An exciting and engrossing book with stories that are worth telling.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • A BookPage Top Pick for April 2017

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About the Author

Jason Turbow has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, SportsIllustrated.com, Slam magazine, Giants magazine, and Athletics. He also served as content director for “Giants Today,” a full-page supplement in the San Francisco Chronicle. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his wife and two children.