Michael Lewis
5/5/2022
29/7/2022
Michael Lewis: Bestselling Author of 'The Big Short', 'Liar's Poker' and 'Moneyball'

In this episode, we have a different conversation. Michael Lewis and Simon Brewer go back to graduating from the LSE in 1985, when they were both seeking a place on the fabled Salomon Brothers training programme.

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In this episode, we have a different conversation. Michael Lewis and Simon Brewer go back to graduating from the LSE in 1985, when they were both seeking a place on the fabled Salomon Brothers training programme.

Michael’s success in securing that job allowed the world to have the enduring classic, ‘Liar’s Poker’, and from there to write 16 best sellers (three of which have been made into major Hollywood films).

His new book, ‘Premonition: A Pandemic Story’, tells the enthralling tale of the US pandemic preparations that started under President Bush, but which failed when COVID-19 struck, thanks to a mixture of institutional and political failings.

Michael brings the cumulative missteps to life by narrating the story of the real people involved, their extraordinary decisions, and what went wrong. He continues this fascinating conversation by discussing two of his other books, ‘The Undoing Project’, and ‘Moneyball’, and explains how decision making is driven by varying degrees of data and/or human interactions - from sport to finance – resulting in unpredictable consequences.

Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis is a bestselling U.S. author and journalist. He began his career as a bond salesman in London, before deciding to leave finance to become a full-time writer. He achieved breakout success with 'Liar's Poker', his semi-biographical account of Wall Street culture during the late 1980s. Today, he's most widely known as the author of 'The Big Short', 'Moneyball' and 'The Blind Side' (which were all adapted into award-winning Hollywood films).

His newest book, 'The Premonition: A Pandemic Story' covers how a group of renegade scientists tried to warn the world of the pandemic risks, yet were ignored by the Trump administration. Other credits include 'The Undoing Project', 'Flash Boys', 'Boomerang: The New Thing', 'Coach' and 'The Fifth Risk'.

Michael grew up in New Orleans, and today lives in Berkeley, California. He holds a bachelor's degree in art history from Princeton and master's degree ineconomics from the LSE. He's also a regular contributor to media outlets, including Bloomberg View, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Foreign Affairs, NPR, The Spectator and the BBC.

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