Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis

Lewis in 2009.
Born Michael Lewis
1960 (age 50–51)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Occupation Non-fiction writer, journalist
Period 1989–present
Notable work(s) Liar's Poker (1989)
Spouse(s) Diane de Cordova Lewis
Kate Bohner
Tabitha Soren

Michael Lewis (born 1960) is an American non-fiction author and financial journalist. His bestselling books include The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine, Liar's Poker, The New New Thing, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, Panic and Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood. He is currently a contributing editor to Vanity Fair.


Early life

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 attended Princeton University where he received a BA degree 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 MSc degree in Economics in 1985.[1][2] 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.


Lewis described his experiences at Salomon 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.[3]

Lewis has worked for the New York Times Magazine, as a columnist for Bloomberg, as a frequent contributor to The New Republic, 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.[4][5]

In an interview at the 2010 National Book Awards, Tom Wolfe called Lewis one of two "writers to watch" (the other was Mark Bowden).[6]

Personal life

Lewis's first marriage was to Diane de Cordova Lewis. He was briefly married to former CNBC correspondent Kate Bohner, before marrying the former MTV reporter Tabitha Soren on October 4, 1997. The couple have two daughters and one son.


  • Michael Lewis. (2011). Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.. ISBN 0-393-08181-7. 
  • Michael Lewis. (2010). The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.. ISBN 0-393-07223-1. 
  • Michael Lewis. (2009). Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.. ISBN 0-393-06901-X. 
  • Michael Lewis. (2008). Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.. ISBN 0-393-06514-6. 
  • Michael Lewis (ed.) (2008). The Real Price of Everything: Rediscovering the Six Classics of Economics. New York: Sterling. ISBN 1-402-74790-X. 
  • Michael Lewis. (2006). The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game. New York: W.W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-06123-X. 
  • Michael Lewis. (2005). Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life. New York: W.W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-06091-8. 
  • Michael Lewis. (2003). Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. New York: W.W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-05765-8. 
  • Michael Lewis. (2001). Next: The Future Just Happened. New York: W.W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-02037-1. 
  • Michael Lewis. (2000). The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley story. New York: W.W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-04813-6. 
  • Michael Lewis. (1997). Trail Fever. New York: A.A. Knopf. ISBN 0-679-44660-5. 
  • Michael Lewis. (1991). The Money Culture. New York: W.W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-03037-7. 
  • Michael Lewis. (1991). Pacific Rift. Knoxville, Tenn.: Whittle Direct Books. ISBN 0-962-47456-8. 
  • Michael Lewis. (1989). Liar's Poker: Rising through the Wreckage on Wall Street. New York: W.W. Norton. ISBN 0-393-02750-3. 


  1. ^ Michael Lewis: Greater Talent Network Speakers Bureau
  2. ^ Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2008. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Gale, 2008.
  3. ^ Lewis, Michael (2007-08-26). "In Nature's Casino". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/26/magazine/26neworleans-t.html. Retrieved 2010-05-12. 
  4. ^ John Koblin (October 7, 2008). "Graydon's Big Get: Raids Portfolio for Michael Lewis". http://www.observer.com/2008/media/graydon-s-big-get-raids-portfolio-michael-lewis. 
  5. ^ "Michael Lewis". Vanity Fair. http://www.vanityfair.com/magazine/bios/michael_lewis/search?contributorName=Michael%20Lewis. Retrieved July 20, 2009. 
  6. ^ C-SPAN Book TV interview with Tom Wolfe, November 17, 2010. Retrieved January 9, 2011.


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