Michael Lewis (b. 1960)

Lewis is a native of New Orleans and was educated at Princeton University and the London School of Economics. Before becoming a professional writer, he spent four years as a bond salesman on Wall Street, an experience that provided the basis for Lewis’ best-selling Liar’s Poker (1989). The author of Moneyball (2003) and The Blind Side (2006), Lewis also drew on his knowledge of sports and money matters in The Big Short (2010), a study of the personalities and gamblers’ mentality behind the worst economic crisis in the United States since the Great Depression.