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Tate Series presents best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis

Writer of such popular books as Boomerang, The Big Short, The Blind Side, and Moneyball

January 24, 2012

Best-selling author Michael Lewis — Boomerang, The Big Short, The Blind Side, and Moneyball — will speak at SMU on Tuesday, January 24, as part of SMU's Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series.

Michael LewisThe Turner Construction/Wells Fargo Student Forum will be at 4:30 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom and the Omni Hotels Lecture at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium. For more information, please visit, call the Tate office at 214-768-8283, or send an e-mail to

A shrewd observer of politics, finance and the American scene, 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.

His latest book, Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World (2011), based on articles Lewis wrote for Vanity Fair regarding the global debt crisis in Greece, Iceland and Germany, captures the nonsensical madness that spread across both sides of the Atlantic during the last decade, as individuals, institutions and entire nations mindlessly embraced instant gratification over long-term planning.

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (2010), is a darkly humorous account of how the event that was considered impossible— the free fall of the American economy— finally occurred. He proves that truth really is stranger than fiction with a razor-sharp analysis of the heroes and villains that drove America’s economy overboard.

Lewis first made a name for himself in 1989 with the chart-topping Liar’s Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage of Wall Street, an inside look at his career as a bond trader that best- selling author Tom Wolfe called “the funniest book on Wall Street I’ve ever read,” and earned Lewis the label of “America’s poet laureate of capital” from The Los Angeles Times. Liar’s Poker spent 62 weeks on The New York Times Best-Seller List and remains one of the signature books of the 1980s.

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