Podcast: Michael Lewis, Financial Disaster Travel Journalist
At bottom, I'm not all that interested in money," Michael Lewis tells us on today's Planet Money.
It's peculiar that I've written financial books and worked on Wall Street. ... I'm interested in something else, and I guess that other thing is character and action and the general drift of societies. Money, because people care so much about it ... is this great prism through which to view people.
On the show, we talk about the long arc of Lewis's work.
In the '80s, he wrote abookabout the people who created mortgage-backed securities. Last year, hedescribedpeople who bet against mortgage backed securities and got rich when they collapsed in the financial crisis.