Better Title: ‘Michael Lewis, Recycled’
It’s hard to find fault with Michael Lewis, one of the best business writers extant (or ever, for that matter).
And the prose and insights in his latest effort, Boomerang, certainly don’t disappoint.
So, what’s the problem?
All but one of the five essays that comprise the book (the one on Iceland, titled “Wall Street on the Tundra”) previously appeared in Vanity Fair.
Which is where I — and I’m sure many other disappointed Lewis fans who plunked down $25 — quickly realized that they’d first read them.
That includes “When Irish Eyes are Crying”; “It’s the Economy, Dummkopf!”; and “California and Bust.”
In fact, the chapter on Greece first appeared more than one year ago. See, “Michael Lewis’ ‘Beware of Greeks Bearing Bonds‘.”
Call it a rare public relations black eye for Lewis (cue the book’s cover).
P.S.: And no, I won’t rush out to buy his next book quite so quickly.