Michael Lewis: Biography & Books

Instructor: Douglass Gunselman

Doug is currently a head middle school principal and has taught middle school/high school English/speech/computers. He has a master's degree in Educational Administration.

Best-selling author Michael Lewis is the author of several non-fiction books you may have heard of, including Moneyball and The Blind Side, which were best-selling books that were made into popular movies. At the end of this lesson, you will know more about this successful American writer.


Michael Monroe Lewis was born on October 15, 1960 in New Orleans, Louisiana. His education includes attending Princeton University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in art history, and later earning a master's degree in economics from the London School of Economics.

Michael Lewis is a best-selling author and contributes to various periodicals, including Vanity Fair, Bloomberg, and The New York Times. Lewis seems to inject a sense of humor in stories that otherwise have somewhat serious topics. An overwhelming majority of his books have been best sellers. He is truly one of the most successful writers in the United States.

Let's take a brief look at some of Michael Lewis' works.

Most Popular Books

Liar's Poker (1989) - This book was written inspired by Lewis' time working for Salomon Brothers on Wall Street. Lewis' comical firsthand account of the years he spent working in the investment firm provide the reader with a detailed look into the wild business practices on Wall Street in the 1980s.

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (2003) - Moneyball takes a look at the unorthodox strategies of Oakland Athletics' general manager Billy Beane and his brilliant work to produce a contender in Major League Baseball without having to spend millions to buy success. This best seller became a movie in 2011.

Flashboys: A Wall Street Revolt (2014) - In this book, the market on Wall Street seems to benefit only a select few. The men in this story recognize that trading going on in Wall Street is wrong. They look to create a way to level the playing field among Wall Street's competitors.

Other Notable Books

The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story (1999) - In The New New Thing, Lewis encounters Jim Clark, a technological billionaire, who was a contributor to Internet development in the 1990s. Lewis recounts his experiences with Jim Clark and helps give credit to Clark for being one of the most brilliant and successful entrepreneurs in U.S. history.

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game (2006) - This popular book turned movie depicts the unfortunate home life of an African American teen whose life is changed when a family decides to rescue him from his disastrous situation. With the help of this family, Michael Oher is able to get an education and discover his unbelievable ability to play the game of football.

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