Michael Lewis is the best-selling author of “Moneyball.” In his recent memoir, “Coach: Lessons From the Game of Life,” he recounts a paradox surrounding Coach Fitz, his choleric high school baseball coach: While alumni are fundraising to rename the school’s gym after the coach, parents of current students are lobbying to get him fired. Lewis spoke to SSIR about how this story reflects a generational change in the meaning of self-esteem:

When I was coming up through high school, there was a...

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