Princeton Baccalaureate 2012: Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis speaks on the merits of success, the relationship between luck and good fortune, and the responsibility luck warrants.
JEFFREY BROWN: How much do the most successful in our society deserve the fortune cookies that have come their way? And how much of it is about luck and accident, things we choose not to see or credit?
That was the theme of a speech to the graduating class at Princeton University given earlier this month by Michael Lewis, himself a graduate of Princeton, class of 1982. Lewis went on to become, briefly, a Wall Street derivatives trader, and then a best-selling author of numerous books, from “Liars Poker” to “The Blind Side” to “Moneyball.”
Michael Lewis on Princeton Speech: I Aimed To Give Something Unexpected
A shrewd observer of politics, finance and the American scene, Michael Lewis combines keen insight with his signature wit, making him one of today’s leading social commentators.A renowned best-selling author, Lewis is also a regular contributor to The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Slate and Bloomberg. Here he talks about Moneyball and it’s story.
Michael Lewis: The Blind Side
THE BLIND SIDE: Evolution of a Game focuses on a young man who will one day be among the most highly paid athletes in the NFL. When we first meet him, he is one of thirteen children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or any of the things a child might learn in school—such as, say, how to read or write. Nor has he ever touched a football.
What changes? He takes up football, and school, after a rich, Evangelical, Republican family plucks him from the mean streets. Their love is the first great force that alters the world’s perception of the boy, whom they adopt. The second force is the evolution of professional football itself into a game where the quarterback must be protected at any cost. Our protagonist turns out to be the priceless combination of size, speed, and agility necessary to guard the quarterback’s greatest vulnerability: his blind side.
Author of the bestsellers Liar’s Poker, The New New Thing, and Moneyball, Michael Lewis writes regularly for the New York Times Magazine and Bloomberg News. He lives in Berkeley, California.
This event took place on September 18, 2007 at the Google New York office. This was Michael’s second visit to Google, but his first to NY. He is interviewed by Google’s own Khee Lee.
Michael Lewis on the Legacy of ‘Liar’s Poker’
Fareed sits down with author Michael Lewis to discuss the economic crisis. In his best-selling book “Liar’s Poker,” Lewis chronicles his days as a bond salesman at the investment bank Salomon Brothers, where the idea of the ‘mortgage-backed security’ was invented. Lewis talks to Fareed about the roots of the current crisis and the future of Wall Street.
Michael Lewis: The New New Thing