Interviewed at his Berkeley home about the Wall Street meltdown, Michael Lewis told 60 Minutes‘ Steve Kroft that it was happening because “capitalism was almost destroyed … by the capitalists.” Interviewed last year by an MSNBC reporter about the seemingly doomed publishing industry, Lewis declared: “I get paid more for each word now than I’ve ever been paid. So right now, it’s not affecting me.” Sporting degrees from Princeton and the London School of Economics, Lewis has a knack for turning out compelling, convincing, sharply intelligent books whose preternaturally exquisite timing transforms them overnight into lenses through which American readers can view their own history as it happens. His national bestsellers include Liar’s Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street, The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story, and Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. His 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, was made into an Academy Award-winning film. His latest is The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. Lewis has one finger on the pulse of society — and other fingers on pulses that the rest of us don’t even yet know exist.