Michael Lewis is an author and financial journalist. His notable works include "Liar's Poker," a semi-autobiographical book describing his experiences as a bond salesman on Wall Street during the late 1980s, and "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game," which follows the life of Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane.
Lewis's book "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt," published in 2014, explored the world of high frequency trading. The book, as well as Lewis's appearance on '60 Minutes', ignited controversy and debate because of his claim that the stock market is "rigged" by a cabal of high frequency traders, stock exchanges, and Wall Street firms. The hubbub surrounding the book's release also led to investigations into high speed trading practices by the FBI, the US department of justice and the New York attorney general's office.
Lewis grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. Besides writing books, he is also a columnist for Bloomberg News and a contributing writer to Vanity Fair. Lewis has also written articles for "The New York Times Magazine", "The New Yorker", "Gourmet", "Slate", "Sports Illustrated", "Foreign Affairs", and "Poetry Magazine". He was editor and a columnist for "The Spectator", a British weekly, and was also senior editor and campaign correspondent for "The New Republic".
He started his career in his mid-20s as a bond salesman at Salomon Brothers and left at the age of 27 to become a writer.
Lewis earned a bachelor's degree in art history from Princeton. He earned a master's degree in economics from the London School of Economics.
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