Michael Lewis (2/2)

November 19, 2010

by Bart A. Grenier

After settling into his role at Salomon Brothers, Michael Lewis demonstrated a notable aptitude for finance, soon placed in charge of millions of dollars in investment funds. In 1987, Salomon Brothers experienced a near-hostile takeover, an event that resulted in a great deal of upheaval at the company. Michael Lewis maintained his position at the firm despite the tumultuous atmosphere, nonetheless growing restless with his work. Determined to create a satisfying career path for himself, Michael Lewis chose to leave Salomon Brothers, penning his first book, Liar’s Poker, shortly after decamping from a professional life on Wall Street. Michael Lewis published Liar’s Poker in 1989, additionally sustaining himself through financial journalism. Garnering praise for his astute insider’s view of the financial industry, Michael Lewis quickly established himself as a cultural critic of sorts, unflinchingly describing his time at Salomon Brothers in a manner that shed light on the excesses of major fiscal players. Ten years after writing Liar’s Poker, Michael Lewis completed The New New Thing, an investigation of the Silicon Valley technology boom. In 2003, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game hit shelves. Extremely well received, Moneyball delves into the complex world of Major League Baseball, specifically focusing on the Oakland A’s, an under-funded yet highly successful team tin comparison to other franchises. As a financial professional myself, I like Michael Lewis’ journalism and nonfiction as it is keenly observed, appropriately objective, and enjoyable to read. His writing eschews sensationalism in favor of logic, a feat that sets him apart from many authors working in his genre.

(Part 1 of this entry here)

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