Going Infinite: The Rise and Fall of a New Tycoon

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W. W. Norton & Company
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6.4 X 9.6 X 1.1 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author
"MY GOAL IN LIFE IS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION THAT'S HELPFUL TO YOU." - Michael Lewis Michael Lewis for 69 years has lived a good life. For the past 40 years he has been an engineer and a management consultant. Today he has been a Christian author. He is ministry-trained and deals with everyone he meets. He has been happily married for 34 years. He and his wife are parents of four beautiful, talented and wonderful daughters. They along with our God and Lord Jesus provide all of his motivation and comfort. Michael became a Christian when he was a small child. In his time through high school he excelled in basketball, baseball and mathematics. His math performance ranked at the top of an area high school tournament. He made straight math A's in all of his college classes. He received a Masters of Science degree at the Univ. of Tennessee. He took a job with Holston Defense Corporation and Eastman Chemical Company and started a consulting business on the side. During a 5-year time he negotiated and obtained from the U.S. Army a $1.5 Million contribution of funds to cover medical and life insurance for over 2000 Holston retirees and spouses. Also he worked 15 years years teaching and helping Eastman, Holston, a local Army Staff, and Pal's 35 area fast food stores. Eastman and Pal's each won Tennessee state and National Quality Awards. The Holston group and the local U.S. Army staff won the U.S. Army world-wide quality award. All of these successes were led by Michael's consultation. Michael is retired from the above careers. Now he is concentrating on three things: staying close to Lord Jesus, staying close to his family and friends, and publishing four books he has written. His time is focused on Christian needs and loving communications to all people around him. He wishes all things in your life are good for you.
Going Infinite is a stupefyingly pleasurable book to read. It's perfectly paced, extremely funny, and fills in many gaps in a story that has been subjected to an unholy amount of reporting... What he began with Moneyball has come into full flower with Going Infinite. Lewis has surveyed a landscape taken by convention as settled and found it destabilized, at least here and there, by uneven and unreliable information. Perhaps Lewis's book should encourage an update, however minuscule, in our own priors.--Gideon Lewis-Kraus "The New Yorker"
Going Infinite is a portrait of grandiose ambitions, youthful arrogance, and the distorting power of money...[Lewis] remains the greatest living exponent of the plain style in reporting. His eye for detail is unsurpassed... And as a chronicle of collective delusion - a modern version of the Dutch tulip mania -Going Infinite is an instant classic... Michael Lewis deserves huge credit for capturing [SBF] in all his infinite weirdness... Mark Zuckerberg, another boy genius in ratty shoes, once described Twitter as a clown car that fell into a gold mine. Sam Bankman-Fried was a Seth Rogen character who fell into a tulip field circa 1634. Another one will be along in a minute. We never learn.--Helen Lewis "The Atlantic"
Lewis' storytelling is as good as ever... In the past, Mr Lewis has focused on little-known people doing extraordinary things. This time his subject is notorious... Mr Bankman-Fried's hyper-rationality sets him apart from everyone. He views people not as good or bad, but as "probability distributions" around a mean... By tolerating the idea that hyper-rationalists cannot make sense of the rules of the game the way most people do, Mr Lewis implicitly asks readers to reconsider whatever they thought they knew about Mr Bankman-Fried. In the court of public opinion, he is already convicted. That's reason enough to give this book a read.-- "Economist"
In November 2022, FTX collapsed in a matter of days after it suffered billions of dollars in customer withdrawals, sending shockwaves through the crypto world. To make sense of all this, with perfect timing, comes Michael Lewis...Going Infinite is his superbly detailed picture of the man behind it...So where might the money have gone? We still don't entirely know, though Lewis offers some preliminary balance sheet calculations ? which remain more detailed than anything FTX ever published.-- "Evening Strandard"
Michael Lewis is the world's finest financial storyteller...Going Infinite is at its best in describing Bankman-Fried's rise... Lewis is equally sharp on how the effective altruism movement shifted its priorities, from donating to prevent disease and mortality in the global south to worrying about (putative) trillions of human lives across the galaxy in the distant future.--Steven Poole "Daily Telegraph"
Leave it to [Lewis] to have unfettered access to one of the best financial stories to come around in years.... There are, of course, the priceless anecdotes from the book... including S.B.F.'s inane conversation with Anna Wintour about whether he would attend and potentially sponsor the annual Met Gala--"Yup!"--and the revelations about his relationship with Ellison, the consequences of which are now playing out in court....Going Infinite, is a delightful read, highly entertaining, often insightful and amusing. It's a character study of one of the most notorious financial figures of our time.... [Lewis] does not attempt in any way to try to figure out how S.B.F. pulled off what he is accused of doing, other than by revealing that he is one strange dude, lacking empathy, and capable, apparently, of fleecing billions from his customers.--Willam Cohan "Puck"
Michael Lewis has an uncanny instinct for a big story, and is now right in the thick of the action again... Reading Lewis can feel like being a passenger in an expertly piloted bobsleigh. You're moving so fast down the mountain, but you know you're going to be delivered safe and sound - hot chocolate waiting at the bottom. There is no need to stress, only to thrill to the scenery as it hurtles past.-- "New Statesman"