Financial Crisis Redux - Michael Lewis Talks About Wall Street

I ran across a pretty good, old, video, posted on July 15, 2011, but possibly from an event in 2010(?), of a conversation between Vanity Fair's editor, Graydon Carter, and Michael Lewis. The talk mainly covers the financial crisis, Wall Street culture, and book authorship. It's a really good 8-part interview, lasting approximately 40 minutes, and I recommend it to anyone interested in the culture of Wall Street, the 2008 financial crisis, or is simply interested in writing non-fiction books.

Most of you probably know of Michael Lewis as a contributor to Vanity Fair and Bloomberg, and the author of popular books such as Moneyball, The Big Short, and Liar's Poker. Lewis is arguably the most-entertaining American writer covering business culture. He isn't everyone's cup of tea given how he paints with broad brushes and makes stories easy to digest, but I love his writing and his humour. I haven't read The Big Short yet but do plan to do it at some point. (If you are interested in the financial crisis, the best book is probably The Great Hangover, a collection of articles and essays by Vanity Fair, which also includes a couple of articles by Michael Lewis.)

(Thanks to for originally bringing these videos to my attention.)

The following is the 1st part out of 8. I can't seem to embed all 8 into the same blog post for some reason so grab them at the original source from this link.)

Part 1 of 8

In hindsight it seems Lewis was too optimistic about financial reform. Given how little the Obama administration and others throughout the world have done, it almost seems like, at least to me, that little has changed and the problems still percolate underneath.


  1. Everything about wall street must change. The public has a very negative perception of wall street. Nothing since the financial crisis has really changed we still have to many mega banks that are thought of as to big to fail only today the large banks are even larger and even more arrogent in the ways they conduct their operations. Those on the far right and left must stop standing up for the big powerful corporations at the expence of everyone else and start standing up for the common citizens on main street.


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