Michael Lewis, bestselling author of the big short And moneyballhas revealed that he has almost finished writing his book on the collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) and the FTX crypto exchange.
the name of the upcoming book is Going Infinite: The Rise and Fall of a New Tycoon, And Lewis initially stumbled upon the topic of Bankman-Fried in late 2021, when a friend asked him to meet the FTX founder and read up on it.
Speaking at the 2023 Bitcoin Conference in Miami on May 19, Lewis did not offer a specific publication date, but indicated that he wants the book to be out in October, in time for the criminal trial against the SBF to begin.
A quick search on Amazon reveals that the book’s release date is October 3rd.
Lewis was also reportedly close finishing book right before ftx infamously ripped In and after November 2022 Criminal charges were filed against the SBFAdding an entirely new angle to the story behind the former billionaire crypto mogul.
SBF and FTX stories
Recalling the writing process while speaking at the Bitcoin conference, Lewis suggested ftx drama Finally saved the book.
“I thought ‘I don’t have a book,'” he said, adding:
“I had this conversation with a guy I kind of used as a sounding board … and he said ‘Your problem is you don’t have the third act. You have the first two acts, but you have the third. No need to take action. And I said ‘That’s perfect. I don’t know how to end this.’ A week later, the FTX flew. I was so grateful.”
Certainly the author didn’t want to give away too many details on the book, but noted that he was able to see FTX’s meltdown first hand as it happened.
“It’s intended to read like a piece of fiction,” he said, “if you don’t know anything about crypto. If you don’t even know who Sam Bankman-Fried was. You might think ‘this is just It’s a made up story’,” he said.
Notably, Lewis also revealed at Bitcoin Miami that he owns a modest amount of bitcoin (B T c) all of which were shut down in the FTX bankruptcy.
Shit I’m tired sorry it’s definitely Michael Lewis!
— Joe Nakamoto (@JoeNakamoto) May 19, 2023
Given that Lewis was able to provide an engaging and thorough handling of the key players and moments surrounding the 2008 housing bubble crisis in The Big Short, his next book on SBFs is bound to contain some interesting insights.
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During his appearance at the conference, Lewis revealed that he has interviewed everyone from the SBF’s inner circle and staff to government officials in both the Bahamas and the US.
He also has access to SBF for two years with the founders of FTX CONTINUING for allowing Lewis to interview him during his detention in Palo Alto.
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