Bestselling author Michael Lewis is set to release a new book on the rise and fall of Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) and the collapse of the FTX crypto exchange. The upcoming book, titled Going Infinite: the Rise and Fall of a New Tycoon, will include insights from interviews with SBF’s inner circle and employees, as well as government officials in both the Bahamas and the US. Lewis stumbled upon the subject of Bankman-Fried in late 2021 after a friend asked him to meet the FTX founder and write about him. The book has a tentative release date of October 3, which is around the time the criminal trial against SBF is scheduled to begin.
Lewis was reportedly close to finishing the book before FTX went bankrupt in November 2022 and subsequent criminal charges were brought against SBF. Speaking at the 2023 Bitcoin Conference in Miami on May 19, Lewis suggested that the FTX drama ultimately saved the book. He had observed FTX’s meltdown as it happened and said the book aims to read like a work of fiction. Lewis also disclosed that he owns a modest amount of Bitcoin that was locked up in the FTX bankruptcy.
Lewis also wrote the acclaimed book The Big Short on the 2008 housing bubble crisis, and his in-depth knowledge on the subject ensures that the book on SBF will provide insightful perspectives. However, he did not want to give away too many details on the book.