Below I’ll give you my selections for the best Michael Lewis books by a few categories. I will cover these and other great books more in depth later.
- The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds (2017)
- Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt (2015)
- The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (2011)
- Liar’s Poker (Norton Paperback) (2010)
- Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World (2012)
- The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy (2019)
- Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood (2010)
- Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (2004)
- Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity (2009)
- The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story (2014)
- Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life (2008)
- American Art and Architecture (World of Art) (2006)
- Pacific Rift: Why Americans and Japanese Don’t Understand Each Other (1993)
“Brilliant. . . . Lewis has given us a spectacular account of two great men who faced up to uncertainty and the limits of human reason.” ―William Easterly, Wall Street Journal Forty years ago, Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original papers that invented the field of behavioral economics.
#1 New York Times Bestseller ― With a new Afterword”Guaranteed to make blood boil.” ―Janet Maslin, New York TimesIn Michael Lewis’s game-changing bestseller, a small group of Wall Street iconoclasts realize that the U.S. stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders.
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (2011)
The #1 New York Times bestseller: “It is the work of our greatest financial journalist, at the top of his game. And it’s essential reading.”―Graydon Carter, Vanity Fair The real story of the crash began in bizarre feeder markets where the sun doesn’t shine and the SEC doesn’t dare, or bother, to tread: the bond and real estate derivative markets where geeks invent impenetrable securities to profit from the misery of lower- and middle-class Americans who can’t pay their debts.
The time was the 1980s. The place was Wall Street. The game was called Liar’s Poker. Michael Lewis was fresh out of Princeton and the London School of Economics when he landed a job at Salomon Brothers, one of Wall Street’s premier investment firms. During the next three years, Lewis rose from callow trainee to bond salesman, raking in millions for the firm and cashing in on a modern-day gold rush.
“Lewis shows again why he is the leading journalist of his generation.”―Kyle Smith, Forbes The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. Icelanders wanted to stop fishing and become investment bankers.
“A hymn to the ‘deep state,’ which is revealed as nothing more than people who know what they’re talking about.”― Cory Doctorow, Boing BoingThe morning after Trump was elected president, the people who ran the US Department of Energy waited to brief the administration’s transition team on the agency it would soon be running. Nobody appeared.
The New York Times bestseller: “Hilarious. No mushy tribute to the joys of fatherhood, Lewis’ book addresses the good, the bad, and the merely baffling about having kids.”―Boston Globe When Michael Lewis became a father, he decided to keep a written record of what actually happened immediately after the birth of each of his three children. This book is that record.
Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. Following the low-budget Oakland Athletics, their larger-than-life general manger, Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts, Michael Lewis has written not only “the single most influential baseball book ever” (Rob Neyer, Slate) but also what “may be the best book ever written on business” (Weekly Standard). “I wrote this book because I fell in love with a story.
Panic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity (2009)
The New York Times bestseller: A masterful account of today’s money culture, showing how the underpricing of risk leads to catastrophe. When it comes to markets, the first deadly sin is greed. In this New York Times bestseller, Michael Lewis is our jungle guide through five of the most violent and costly upheavals in recent financial history.
New York Times Bestseller. “A superb book. . . . [Lewis] makes Silicon Valley as thrilling and intelligible as he made Wall Street in his best-selling Liar’s Poker.”―Time In the weird glow of the dying millennium, Michael Lewis set out on a safari through Silicon Valley to find the world’s most important technology entrepreneur.
Coach: Lessons on the Game of Life (2008)
“[Lewis] has such a gift for storytelling.”–New York Times There was a turning point in Michael Lewis’s life, in a baseball game when he was fourteen years old. The irascible and often terrifying Coach Fitz put the ball in his hand with the game on the line and managed to convey such confident trust in Lewis’s ability that the boy had no choice but to live up to it.
An accessible, concise, and beautifully written survey of American art and architecture from 1600 to the present. This new survey provides a complete history of American art and architecture from its seventeenth-century colonial beginnings to the latest installation and video work.
“Lewis’s take is often comic, but his message is serious. He sees Japan as it is and sums up the challenge: ‘How can our capitalism beat their capitalism?’ By keeping his eyes open and asking the right questions, this newcomer comes up with penetrating insights.” ―William J. Holstein, Business Week In Pacific Rift, the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker aims his skewering wit at the so-called cultural clash between Japan and the United States.
Best Michael Lewis Books You Must Read
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Author(s): Nigel Slack; Michael Lewis, (zarzaГЊВЁdzanie)
ID: 914298, Publisher: Pearson Education/Prentice Hall, Year: cop. 2011, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf
The English verb : an exploration of structure and meaning
Author(s): Michael Lewis
ID: 874304, Publisher: Language Teaching Publications, Year: cop. 1986, Size: 7 Mb, Format: pdf
Subversive Archaism: Troubling Traditionalists and the Politics of National Heritage
Author(s): Michael Herzfeld
ID: 3184962, Publisher: Duke University Press Books, Year: 2022, Size: 17 Mb, Format: pdf
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