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Inside the Empire: The True Power Behind the New York Yankees

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  457 ratings  ·  54 reviews

A riveting look at what is really said and done behind closed doors with the New York Yankees, the most famous and wealthiest sports franchise in the world

Using the 2018 baseball season as the backdrop, Inside the Empire gives readers the real, unvarnished “straight-from-the-gut” truth from Brian Cashman, Aaron Boone, Giancarlo Stanton, C.C. Sa
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Richard Iurilli
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: baseball, nonfiction, 2019
This book was INSUFFERABLE. It has a few good insights about player development but wastes the rest of its pages recapping the 2018 season (if you just read this you’d never know that team won 100 games), regurgitating tired criticisms and whining about strikeouts, bloggers, millennials and whatever else Bob Klapisch doesn’t like.
Chris Jaffe
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: baseball, sports
Some parts of this book are excellent. I especially liked the chapter "Night School" which focused on how the Yankees acculturate their Third World prospects. (Example: have them watch Friends re-runs to help them with English). The opening chapters of the book are also first rate, as the authors discuss Brian Cashman, analytics, and how they prepare all their players for the media.

But the heart of the book focuses on the 2018 season, and once that gets going, the book isn't anything special. Th
There was some really interesting information about the front office in this. I knew some of it, but there were definitely things I didn't know. The details of how the YES Network came about were really interesting to me, for example, and I'm still horrified at the idea that the Dolans could have purchased an 80% interest in the team.

However, I read this knowing that I would probably not enjoy it because I'm generally not a fan of Klapisch's writing, and I was absolutely right on that front. To
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Slow on the uptake, but some real good stuff when the book starts to veer away from just covering the 2018 team for the first hundred pages or so to the behind-the-scenes of how they got there (Randy Levine, YES Network, Yanks in the 90's, etc.). Imagine this will age well when the 2018 team and season isn't as fresh in one's mind. Really good point in time to write something like this because 2018 is truly the product of a decision led by Cashman to pivot the way the Yanks do business -- from i ...more
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have been on a quest to read all of the Pulitzer Prize novels, starting with the newest and working my way back. After 43 I needed something light, and this served that need. I picked up this book after hearing one of the authors on the Jim Rome show. An entertaining read, but one of this nature in some respects could be risky. What I mean by this is that it will be interesting to revisit some of the assertions the authors make about the 'Baby Bombers' in a few years to see what holds up. Peop ...more
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: baseball
This book is two books pretending to be one: the first will only be interesting if you were a fan of the 2018 Yanks. As somebody who followed the team extensively, these sections feel like a (mostly) happy retrospective and a "what could have been" narrative. The second is one that would be interesting to any fan of modern baseball: a discussion of how the Yankees inner-workings go, what the GM does, how the president Randy Levine leveraged the stadium costs and stadium concessions. I was partic ...more
Jason Grossmann-Ferris
This is definitely...a book. It was, for the most part, entertaining in the way that watching a documentary in class is: it's what you have in front of you, so you engage with it out of boredom and end up either pleasantly surprised or even more bored than you were before you focused on it. This book was a mix of the two outcomes. Parts of it were dry and bland and made me sleepy, such as the (brilliantly recounted, I'm sure) tale of the Yankees' establishment as a mainstay on television. Other ...more
May 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book came out with a lot of publicity. No surprise there Huh. A book about the Yankees, and their new generation of players. Some nice insights about how they are building their team. If you are a baseball fan you might enjoy the book.
May 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
It comes to my realization that I've read a lot of books about the Yankees. This was the worst of the lot. The writing style of this author was nothing short of abysmal. My advice, immediately cease and desist from taking literary recommendations of anybody who rated this 4 stars and dissociate in life with anybody who gave 5. Inside the Empire....One star.
Nick Stubbs
Apr 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Essentially just a play by play of the Yankee 2018 season. Interesting prose but already lived through it so didn’t need the recap.

Interesting front office stuff but again, when it came to the Yankees, I expected more in the weeds stuff on players.
Ron Turner
Aug 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This was a good read, nice to see inside the walls however too many times you could tell despite the access they got the writers wanted more and you could read the whiny voice in the writing, along with a veiled although slight a dislike of the Yankees.
Nathan Albright
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge-2019
Doing a season retrospective on a team is a tough task.  One can choose a team that one thinks will be really successful that fails spectacularly, leaving one with the choice of having to repurpose one's book to reflect that changed reality or to let the manuscript be scrapped.  In this particular case, though, there was no collapse.  By and large the Yankees have been a safe choice to write about because even when they are "rebuilding" for their next championship window they typically do well e ...more
Bernie B
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
The book follows the Yankee 2018 season with many diversions to review recent history and events to provide background and context. I found the first several chapters to be rambling and slow. They do describe how general manager Cashman cemented his position as the intellectual power behind the Yankees. They help explain how the Yankee organization is evolving from the spend big - win now days of George Steinbrenner to the more restrained and analytical style that many of the winning teams use t ...more
Robert P. Hoffman
Dec 20, 2019 rated it liked it
This is an interesting account of the Yankees team, focusing primarily on the 2018 season.

What comes across is how much the writers, and others, dislike Jeter, how strong a candidate for the manager job Boone was, and how wonderful a player and person Judge is. Also getting what seems to be justifiable praise is C. C. Sabathia who pitched through so much pain, and changed his approach to pitching in order to pitch as long as he did.

The authors focus much attention on Cashman's role as general ma
Ian Morales
May 22, 2020 rated it liked it
The next baseball book in my library, Inside The Empire was something I had been meaning to read but hadn't got around to yet. Given the current COVID shutdown of sports, I was hoping this book would fill in some much needed baseball "something" for me. It sort of did, but I hoped for more.

Yes, I did like the book enough to give it three stars. There is interesting background on how the YES Network came to play and some fun moments of Yankee history. I also enjoyed learning about what the Yanke
Marty Monforte
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Bob Klapisch and Paul Solotaroff co authored this book. The work is a combination of an view of the inner workings of the Yankees and a summary of the 2018 season. The book seems to emphasize the latter more.

The authors showed some insight into the Yankees and a decent ability to discuss important moments of the season. They begin the book with a discussion of the general managers meeting, which takes place annually during the off season. At this particular meeting, the Yankees were approached
David Edie
May 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: history, baseball, yankees
What a difficult book to review! To start, the positives: this book was filled with inside details that were not available to fans prior to this book, including on-field & in-clubhouse anecdotes as well as details to how the behind-the-scenes team works in the New York and Tampa offices as well as the creation and success of YES Network. Now, the negatives: had I reviewed this book prior to reading the epilogue, my thought would have been that Cashman and/or Levine had ghost-written this book as ...more
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
As others have said, if you are a Yankees fan you will likely enjoy this book. The book takes an in-depth look into the 2018 season largely through the lens of Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner. It also covers some interesting topics including how the Steinbrenner ownership group turned a fledgling organization in the 70s into the most profitable sports organization in history.

As the authors mention, both the new-school players (Judge, etc) and ownership (Hal Steinbrenner) have embraced a tight
Louis Lapides
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Any serious NY Yankee fan would devour this book. Bob Kaplisch and Paul Solotaroff were given the green light from the Yanks to go behind the scenes to write about everyone associated with the NY organization.

The book is filled with memories of the Yanks going back to the 80s and focusing in on the 2018 season. The authors had access from Cashman to other major admin people in the Yankee organization and most of all, to every player on their roster as well as up and coming stars from their minor
Mickey Mantle
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I picked it up for light reading. I once was a huge fan of MLB, but have become totally bored with four hour games and teams waiting for a 3 run homer. This book entertained me and reinforced my belief in the dullness and lack of action in this "Modern Era".
The writing style was "different". Half Yankees Fanboys and half objective observers.
The 2018 best laid plans of the Yankees to power their way to the World Series resembled a derailed D Train.
The Brian Cashman portrayal was excellent. The Ge
Patrick Krause
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, sports
Well written and researched book about the 2018 New York Yankees, and how the front office is set up for continued success now and in the future. The book spent a little too much time on the details of the Yankees season on the field, and I wanted more information on how things are working behind the scenes. It would have been more interesting to read about how Cashman and company are working behind the scenes during the season, than another rehash of Sanchez and his lost season.

But, for basebal
Jul 26, 2019 rated it liked it
It's best if you're a Yankees fan if you want to read this book, because the writers are such homers that it's super noticeable and it takes you out of the 'story' a bit. There are some interesting behind the scenes vignettes, a lot of descriptions of games, and a ton of the authors kissing current Yankee management booty (and George Steinbrenner's (RIP) too). I guess they wanted to keep their access....which they did get, there are interviews with key people who run the club now, and a lot of t ...more
Erik Redin
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I was going to give this book 4 stars because it is full of really interesting tidbits about the Yankees and how they're run under Brian Cashman, but the last chapter and epilogue ruined it a bit for me. The last chapter reflects on the Yankees' 2018 ALDS loss to the Red Sox, but in the entire chapter it's never mentioned how Alex Cora completely outmanaged Aaron Boone. Then in the epilogue, a final sitdown interview with Cashman to reflect on the season and postseason, Boone's name is not menti ...more
Daniel Nelson
Apr 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: baseball, sports
Good review of the inner workings of the Yankees organization. The reporters had full access to the staff and management for the 2018 season. Klapisch did an excellent job taking the content from interviews and the rhythm of the season and crafting a narrative that painted a picture of how the organization runs. Interesting details from parts of a professional organization you generally don't see. It's a light read and easy to get through.
Melissa Loucks
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I picked this book up on a recent trip to New York City because of course I could not turn down a Yankee's book. When I first started it I thought I was going to hate it between the mixture of junk being talked about Jeter and that it was about Cashman who I am not a big fan of. I ended up laughing a couple of times while reading this book because he pegged Yankees fan extremely well. It was a good look at the world behind the players.
Bob Kuster
May 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This behind the scenes look at the Yankees 2018 season is well worth the read. Inside the Empire shows how the Yankees have built up their data analytics team and plowing money back into their operations. What they are doing in Tampa will make you open your eyes. A couple of shots were taken at Derek Jeter, Joe Girardi and Joe Torre. After reading this book, please keep Girardi away from the Mets if the Amazins change managers any time soon.
Ryan Eliasof
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have had only positive things about this book from numerous people in the sports industry. I had to pick this up. This book was well written about the positive transformation of the Yankees front office and their product on the field through Brian Cashman. Any true Yankees fan would love this book because of the insight. I consider myself a huge fan and up to date on everything Yankees and I still learned a tremendous amount through this novel.
Angel Rivera
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating look into the inner workings of the Yankees

I bought this book a few days ago and as a lifelong Yankees fan I couldn't put it down. Klapisch and Solotaroff did a excellent job covering the inner workings of the Yankees. I'm not going to spoil anything in the book but just know that it's well researched and the interviews are well done and you'll learn quite a bit.
Jun 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this but found that I was aware of much of the back story. However, there were plenty of details I did not know, such as how Levine came to power, the building of the "Yankee way" culture even at the lowest rungs, the back story behind the creation of YES, as well as, the fact that Dolan could have been the owner. Most likely only interesting to a fan of the Yankees, which of course I am.
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Klapsich is an underrated writer, and he does an excellent job of chronicling the 2018 Yankees. His discussion of the team culture and the massive post-George changes is interesting. That said, this feels like a book that was planned to end in a World Series title, and when it doesn't, the overall premise feels a bit flat. It's a good book, but perhaps not a great one. I prefer The Worst Team Money Could Buy, about the early '90s Mets, which Klapisch also co-authored.
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