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Michael Lewis (1) (1960–)

Author of Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

For other authors named Michael Lewis, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Michael Lewis was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 15, 1960. He received a BA in art history from Princeton University in 1982 and a Masters in economics from the London School of Economics in 1985. He is a non-fiction author/journalist of mostly financial themes. His books include Liar's show more Poker, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, The Money Culture, Boomerang, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine and The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Michael Lewis, author of the best-sellers Moneyball, The New, New Thing, Liar's Poker, and others at a Hudson Union Society event in 200. Photo by Justin Hoch at http://www.jhoch.com

Works by Michael Lewis

The Fifth Risk (2018) 1,461 copies
The Money Culture (1991) 400 copies

Associated Works

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2006 (2006) — Contributor — 759 copies
The New Kings of Nonfiction (2007) — Contributor — 743 copies
Moneyball [2011 film] (2011) — Author — 265 copies
The Best American Essays 2009 (2009) — Contributor — 233 copies
The Go-Go Years: The Drama and Crashing Finale of Wall Street's Bullish 60s (1973) — Foreword, some editions — 126 copies
Best Food Writing 2001 (2001) — Contributor — 66 copies
Best Food Writing 2002 (2002) — Contributor — 58 copies
The Best American Sports Writing 2009 (2009) — Contributor — 54 copies
The Best American Sports Writing 2010 (2010) — Contributor — 43 copies
The Best of Slate: A 10th Anniversary Anthology (2006) — Contributor — 28 copies


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3.5 stars. Interesting & informative, even to a politics & economics non-lover. Sometimes even amusing, in a somewhat scarey & depressing way.
Abcdarian | 70 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |
Calrisia | 47 other reviews | May 17, 2024 |
I've read a few books by Lewis at this point and find them to be consistently entertaining.

This book in particular has a bit of slow start—covering the laying of a fiber optic cable from Chicago to New Jersey—but picks up from there.

The book is essentially about front-running: financial arbitrage transactions that degrade rather than improve market function (as opposed to other kinds of arbitrage, which perform a useful function).

It is fascinating to read this book now, as the crypto space has been working hard to build mathematically-provable non-front-runnable exchange protocols—an aspirations that the protagonists of this book could only dream of.

Lewis paints a pretty damning picture of the Securities and Exchange Commission—an administration whose legislation exacerbated high-frequency trading exploits, and whose staff regularly were corrupted by the industry. I can't say recent SEC actions in crypto have improved this picture in any way.
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willszal | 73 other reviews | May 5, 2024 |
If you want to really understand what was so badly wrong about the US financial system during the naughties and why its stupidies brought about the Global Financial Crisis you couldn’t do better than read this book, which is as gripping as a novel. Lewis, who was once a stock market trader himself, is well placed to describe and explain the madness of the trading in financial derivatives based on hundreds of thousands of mortgages granted to poor people who couldn’t afford them.
davidrgrigg | 170 other reviews | Mar 23, 2024 |



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