Michael Lewis

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Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis 2009.jpg
Lewis in 2009.
Born Michael Monroe Lewis[1]
(1960-10-15) October 15, 1960 (age 53)[2]
New Orleans, Louisiana
Occupation Non-fiction writer, journalist
Alma mater Isidore Newman School
Princeton University
London School of Economics
Period 1989–present
Notable work(s) Liar's Poker (1989)
Moneyball (2003)
The Big Short (2010)
Spouse(s) Diane de Cordova Lewis m. Dec 28, 1985[1]
Kate Bohner m. 1994, div. 1995/6[3]

Tabitha Soren m. Oct 4, 1997

Michael Monroe Lewis (born October 15, 1960) is an American non-fiction author and financial journalist. His bestselling books include Liar's Poker (1989), The New New Thing (2000), Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (2003), The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game (2006), Panic (2008), Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood (2009), The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (2010), and Boomerang (2011). He has also been a contributing editor to Vanity Fair since 2009. In 2014, his book Flash Boys, which looked at the high-frequency trading sector of Wall Street, was released.

Early life[edit]

Lewis was born in New Orleans, to corporate lawyer J. Thomas Lewis and community activist Diana Monroe Lewis. He attended the college preparatory Isidore Newman School in New Orleans. He then attended Princeton University where he received a BA degree (cum laude)[1] in Art History in 1982 and was a member of the Ivy Club.

He went on to work with New York art dealer Daniel Wildenstein. He enrolled in the London School of Economics, and received his MA degree in Economics in 1985.[4][5] Lewis was hired by Salomon Brothers and moved to New York for their training program. He worked at their London office as a bond salesman. He resigned to write Liar's Poker and become a financial journalist.

Writing[edit]

Lewis described his experiences at Salomon and the evolution of the mortgage-backed bond in Liar's Poker (1989). In The New New Thing (1999), he investigated the then-booming Silicon Valley and discussed obsession with innovation. Four years later, Lewis wrote Moneyball, in which he investigated the success of Billy Beane and the Oakland A's. In August 2007, he wrote an article about catastrophe bonds entitled "In Nature's Casino" that appeared in The New York Times Magazine.[6]

Lewis has worked for The Spectator,[2] The New York Times Magazine, as a columnist for Bloomberg, as a senior editor and campaign correspondent to The New Republic,[7] and a visiting fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. He wrote the Dad Again column for Slate. Lewis worked for Conde Nast Portfolio but in February 2009 left to join Vanity Fair, where he became a contributing editor.[8][9]

In an interview at the 2010 National Book Awards, Tom Wolfe called Lewis one of two "writers to watch" (the other was Mark Bowden).[10]

In September 2011, after the successful release of the film adaptation of his book Moneyball, it was reported that Lewis planned to take on "a much more active role in the what could be the next film based on one of his books" and would start writing a script for a Liar's Poker film.[11][12]

"Flash Boys", about high-speed trading in stock and other markets, was launched in March 2014.[13]

Reception[edit]

A best-selling author, Lewis has been widely praised by critics. In a Moneyball review, Dan Ackman of Forbes said that Lewis had a special talent: "He can walk into an area already mined by hundreds of writers and find gems there all along but somehow missed by his predecessors."[14] A New York Times piece said that "[n]o one writes with more narrative panache about money and finance than Mr. Lewis", praising his ability to use his subject's stories to show the problems with the systems around them.[15]

“I read Lewis for the same reasons I watch Tiger Woods. I’ll never play like that. But it’s good to be reminded every now and again what genius looks like.” – Malcolm Gladwell[16][17]

Personal life[edit]

Lewis was married to Diane de Cordova Lewis and then to former CNBC correspondent Kate Bohner, before marrying former MTV reporter Tabitha Soren on October 4, 1997. He and Soren have two daughters and one son: Quinn Tallulah, Dixie Lee, and Walker Jack. They reside in Berkeley, California.[18][19]

Books[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Diane deCordova Wed at Princeton". The New York Times. December 29, 1985. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Michael Lewis" (fee, via Fairfax County Public Library). The Writers Directory. Detroit: St. James Press. 2011. GALE|K1649564197. Retrieved 2012-03-04.  Gale Biography In Context. (subscription required)
  3. ^ Cohan, William D.. "14: It’s a White Man’s World" (PDF). The Last Tycoons: The Secret History of Lazard Freres & Co. p. 401. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  4. ^ "Michael Lewis". Greater Talent Network Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  5. ^ "Michael Lewis". Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale. 2011. GALE|H1000059769. Retrieved 2012-03-04 – via Fairfax County Public Library.  Gale Biography In Context. (subscription required)
  6. ^ Lewis, Michael (2007-08-26). "In Nature's Casino". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  7. ^ "the future just happened". BBC (BBC). Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  8. ^ John Koblin (October 7, 2008). "Graydon's Big Get: Raids Portfolio for Michael Lewis". [dead link]
  9. ^ "Michael Lewis". Vanity Fair. Retrieved July 20, 2009. [dead link]
  10. ^ C-SPAN Book TV interview with Tom Wolfe, November 17, 2010. Retrieved January 9, 2011.
  11. ^ Lewis, Andy; Matt Belloni (26 September 2011). "'Moneyball' Author Michael Lewis to Script 'Liar's Poker' for Warner Bros. (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  12. ^ Ross, Scott (30 May 2012). "Michael Lewis' "Liar's Poker" Being Turned Into a Film by Requa & Ficarra". NBC Bay Area. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  13. ^ http://books.wwnorton.com/books/detail.aspx?ID=4294981104
  14. ^ Ackman, Dan. "http://www.forbes.com/2003/05/28/cx_da_0528bookreview.html". Book Review. Forbes. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  15. ^ Kakutani, Michiko (14 March 2010). "Investors Who Foresaw the Meltdown". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 November 2012. 
  16. ^ http://www.greatertalent.com/michaellewis/
  17. ^ http://books.wwnorton.com/books/detail.aspx?ID=12245
  18. ^ Lewis, Michael (October 1, 2010). "Beware of Greeks Bearing Bonds". Vanity Fair. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
  19. ^ Hubler, Shawn (August 8, 2001). "What's Next for Michael Lewis?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 

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