Michael Lewis is making the rounds currently selling the audiobook model of his 1989 basic “Liar’s Poker.” The best way I’ve heard it from a pair interviews now, there was an audiobook model of “Liar’s Poker” again within the day, however as a result of it was on cassette tapes when it got here out, the writer simply went forward and sliced out a bunch of the ebook’s guts as a result of the entire thing wouldn’t bodily match on the requisite variety of tape spindles. So, that is the primary time you may hear “Liar’s Poker” unabridged and browse by the writer.
Little question lots of the folks studying this have already learn “Liar’s Poker.” Should you haven’t, you need to. It’s a kind of books that actually immerses you in a bygone period. The quite a few movies about bond buying and selling within the ’80s don’t maintain a candle to “Liar’s Poker.” Lewis was there. Choose up a duplicate of his ebook, and you may be too.
Don’t really feel dangerous if the bond-trading extravaganza of the Nineteen Eighties was earlier than your time. I used to be solely 4 years outdated when “Liar’s Poker” got here out. I don’t consider it as dusty historical past although, not but. Lots of people, notably observers of the monetary system, got here of age as readers of Michael Lewis, and noticed the world he described coalesce into the one we now inhabit.
There’s “Liar’s Poker,” in fact. However there’s additionally “Flash Boys” (one other bomb dropped on Wall Road, this time squarely concentrating on high-frequency buying and selling); “The Huge Quick” (an important post-mortem of the 2007-09 monetary disaster that doesn’t really feel like homework and, considerably remarkably, makes investor Michael Burry appear likeable); and quite a few different notable works produced over a distinguished profession writing about enterprise, finance, and economics. Hell, Lewis even takes pretty frequent detours into sports activities (see “Moneyball”; “The Blind Aspect”) if that’s your kind of factor.
Honest to say I’m a fan. Which is why I used to be just a little dismayed to listen to Lewis poo-pooing the thought of writing a biography of Elon Musk.
“Look, if Elon Musk invited me to experience shotgun with him, in fact I might,” Lewis stated in a latest interview with DealBook. “I simply don’t suppose he would. I don’t suppose I’m the author he has in thoughts.”
Nicely, has anybody requested him?
There are already quite a few books about Musk, together with a bestselling biography by Ashlee Vance which I’m advised is sort of good (though I haven’t gotten round to studying it myself). Nonetheless, Vance’s ebook first got here out in 2015; that was earlier than Tesla turned worthwhile, earlier than SpaceX launched astronauts into orbit, and earlier than The Boring Firm flamethrowers. There’s a whole lot of new floor to cowl.
Plus, with due respect to the numerous writers who’ve carried out nice work on Musk-related matters, there may be simply one thing concerning the Michael Lewis contact on a narrative. No one humanizes folks within the enterprise and monetary world like Lewis does.
Perhaps what Lewis was getting at when he stated he in all probability wasn’t the author Musk had in thoughts was age. Musk is a comparatively spry world’s richest man at 50 years outdated, and he is named a tech savant in cutting-edge, youthful-seeming fields. Lewis, then again, is senior to Musk by 11 years, and is at this very second going round speaking about his expertise as a bond dealer within the ’80s, which does ring a bit paleolithic.
However the youths dominate well-liked tradition sufficient already. We actually don’t want them coming for the biography style too. Solely somebody older than Musk himself could have truly skilled the historic context through which such a life germinated.
Lewis and Musk have loads in frequent. Each turned out to be outsiders inside their very own fields. Each males have misplaced a toddler. I’m unsure if a author sharing that along with his topic makes for a greater biography, however I do know individuals who have skilled such a factor perceive one thing about each other that the remainder of us can’t.
I don’t suppose Lewis ought to promote himself brief. He is perhaps simply the one to experience shotgun with Musk for some time. As for Musk, he may actually do worse in a biographer — I’ve each confidence that Lewis would broaden Musk’s attraction. Lewis has a present for turning eccentricities into belongings, and Elon Musk has eccentricities aplenty.
Lewis might have introduced up writing about Elon Musk as not more than an offhand remark. Even so, on behalf of the studying public, I actually hope this occurs. I’m certain the outcomes can be impressed.
Jonathan Wolf is a civil litigator and writer of Your Debt-Free JD (affiliate hyperlink). He has taught authorized writing, written for all kinds of publications, and made it each his enterprise and his pleasure to be financially and scientifically literate. Any views he expresses are in all probability pure gold, however are nonetheless solely his personal and shouldn’t be attributed to any group with which he’s affiliated. He wouldn’t wish to share the credit score anyway. He could be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.