Here are some of the things you'll learn, direct from Alderson's mouth, after reading the book and Rubin's report:
1) Terry Collins was closer to being fired than Alderson had been saying in public.
2) Alderson would have taken the job anyway, but admits he should have asked more questions about the impact Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme would have on the organization. Also, Bud Selig encouraged him to take the job.
3) Alderson tried to sign Jose Reyes to an extension in June 2011; he was willing to commit $100 million, but was rejected by Reyes and his agent, who were set on testing the free-agent market.
4) In the summer of 2011, he intentionally booked Carlos Beltran on an airplane to the All-Star Game with personnel from the Giants to help create public pressure in San Francisco to make a deal.
5) Alderson collected incoming cables from U.S. embassies while working in the CIA's basement after college. Also, he asked to serve in the Vietnam War as opposed to taking a safer position in Japan.
Also in the book, according to Rubin's report, Alderson discusses his 90-win comment, his pursuit of Robinson Cano, his thoughts on Ruben Tejada, Gonzalez Germen and other players, his trade talks for Beltran, talks with the Orioles about R.A. Dickey and more.