Start reading Flash Boys on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available
 

Flash Boys [Kindle Edition]

Michael Lewis
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)

Print List Price: £20.00
Kindle Price: £9.32 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £10.68 (53%)
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.

Whispersync for Voice

Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration. Add narration for a reduced price of £3.99 after you buy the Kindle book.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £9.32  
Hardcover £13.60  
Paperback £9.99  
Audio Download, Unabridged £13.12 or Free with Audible.co.uk 30-day free trial
Audio, CD, Audiobook £12.78  
Earn a Free Kindle Book
Earn a Free Kindle Book
Buy a Kindle book between now and 31 March and receive a promotional code good for one free Kindle book. Terms and conditions apply. Learn more

Book Description

The Times, Observer, Financial Times, New Statesman and Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year 2014



Michael Lewis, the Master of the Big Story, is back with Flash Boys



If you thought Wall Street was about alpha males standing in trading pits hollering at each other, think again. That world is dead.



Now, the world's money is traded by computer code, inside black boxes in heavily guarded buildings. Even the experts entrusted with your cash don't know what's happening to it. And the very few who do aren't about to tell - because they're making a killing.



This is a market that's rigged, out of control and out of sight; a market in which the chief need is for speed; and in which traders would sell their grandmothers for a microsecond. Blink, and you'll miss it.



In Flash Boys, Michael Lewis tells the explosive story of how one group of ingenious oddballs and misfits set out to expose what was going on. It's the story of what it's like to declare war on some of the richest and most powerful people in the world. It's about taking on an entire system. And it's about the madness that has taken hold of the financial markets today.



You won't believe it until you've read it.



'I read Michael Lewis for the same reasons I watch Tiger Woods. I'll never play like that. But it's good to be reminded every now and again what genius looks like' - Malcolm Gladwell



'Probably the best current writer in America' - Tom Wolfe



Michael Lewis was born in New Orleans and educated at Princeton University and the London School of Economics. He has written several books including the New York Times bestsellers Liar's Poker, widely considered the book that defined Wall Street during the 1980s, Boomerang and The Big Short, 'probably the single best piece of financial journalism ever written' (Reuters). Lewis is contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and also writes for Vanity Fair and Portfolio magazine.



Product Description

Review

A beautiful narrative, so well-written. You've got to get this (Jon Stewart The Daily Show)

Dazzling... guaranteed to make blood boil... riveting (Janet Maslin The New York Times)

Enthralling (John Naughton Observer)

About the Author

Michael Lewis was born in New Orleans and educated at Princeton University and the London School of Economics. He has written several books including the New York Times bestsellers Liar's Poker, widely considered the book that defined Wall Street during the 1980s, Boomerang and The Big Short. Lewis is contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and also writes for Vanity Fair and Portfolio magazine.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 555 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0393244660
  • Publisher: Penguin (31 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241003636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241003633
  • ASIN: B00I9PVKKC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,616 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


More About the Author

Michael Lewis was born in New Orleans and educated at Princeton University and the London School of Economics. He has written several books including the New York Times bestseller, Liar's Poker, widely considered the book that defined Wall Street during the 1980s. Lewis is contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and also writes for Vanity Fair and Portfolio magazine. He is married with three children.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back on Form 9 April 2014
Format:Hardcover
Michael Lewis, as a former Salomon Brothers bond trader, has a perspective on the financial markets that other journalists do not. He also writes fluently, and is skilled at taking complex and obscure subjects and explaining them clearly. Of his books, Liar's Poker and The Big Short are terrific, whereas Boomerang seemed to me as if it had been rushed out and rather lazily edited. Flash Boys marks a return to form, lucidly explaining the hidden world of high frequency trading, and vividly bringing to life the personalities of many of the key players involved in it. It raises very serious questions about the financial system today, as if even more of these were needed.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars F***ing outrageous and scandalous! 2 April 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I can't believe no one has posted a review saying they are totally outraged by everything this book has documented. The worlds largest banks knowing they are totally ripping off their customers, and getting away with it.

The absolute shocking treatment of Serge Aleynikov by Goldman Sachs infuriated me, and they got away with it with no criminal charges against them, and managed to ruin a guys life in the process. The guy used open source code to write code for Goldman Sachs system, and they didn't allow him to deposit that code back, as is the etiquette of open source. However when he downloaded the code he had written for Goldman Sachs, they called in the FBI who flung him in Jail in 2010 - TOTALLY CORRUPT. You might say, there's always two sides to the story, but wait until you read it.....

Okay, outrage over.....

The book is jaw droppingly good. I honestly could not put it down, and all the while I was reading it I kept on saying 'no way!'. The people who we entrust our money to every single day are so corrupt it's beyond believable: that being the banks.

The story itself is about High Frequency Traders (HFTs) and their need for high speed data, before anyone else gets it. The huge banks of America were more than willing to supply these HFTs with information in order to manipulate stock orders placed by unsuspecting clients so that the HFTs could front run them and make money. The HFTs in turn paid for this information in the form of Dark Pools.

Well, a bunch of guys sought to change the practice of high frequency trading,led by Brad Katsuyama and bring a bit of honesty and integrity back to Wall Street.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you?
41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
To begin, you should be aware that that the majority of the negative reviews are from people who are (indirectly) being described as stupid or greedy in this book. If you're either stupid or greedy and work in financial services, I agree that you may not like this book.

For everyone else, this is a must read. Lewis has an extremely engaging writing style which makes for a fun read, but the content will leave you speechless. Never before has the greed and dishonesty of the major Wall Street players been so clearly documented.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating! 3 April 2014
By TomT
Format:Kindle Edition
We all suspected something fishy was going on, but exactly what could never be explained to us, until now! Fascinating!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good journalism, but somewhat unsatisfying 15 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Michael Lewis is trying to explain the inner workings of the stock markets to a broad audience. If you are a finance professional, the book lacks the kind of detail that would make it really satisfying. There is a much bigger story here than just the IEX founders and a lot of other characters and institutions are glossed over very lightly. The exchanges in particular and the regulators that created the rules of engagement hardly seem to bear any responsibility for the chaotic market structure that ensued. Where is any mention of the Fed and their view of financial deregulation and its effect on the banks? Why don't we hear more about who the HF traders actually are? The footnote on Citadel and E*Trade could have been a fascinating chapter on its own. It's a good story, but a partial picture at best.
Was this review helpful to you?
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Notes on a scandal. 22 April 2014
By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Okay, let's pretend [no, strike that] believe that Michael Lewis is 100% not interested and not biased and he was not taken on weekends away by the Brad Katsuyama and the Royal Bank of Canada to write this book, in which, let's face it, those two are prominently standing good guys in the totally screwed immoral world of Wall Street as we [come to] know it. God, this is scary. The more I read the more I want to keep my money solely invested in the land, as Mark Twain once said "Buy land, they are not making it anymore" - who would be giving their hard-earned cash to be managed by bad guys, by sharks, which are revealed and shamed and red-flagged? How are these banks still in business? Where are the regulators?

Ah Michael Lewis. He has these skills to chew for us the complicated data obtained while he interviews real hard-core engineeres and make technical issues easily understandable (okay, I had to re-read a number of paragraphs, but half a dozen at most!), and he is an amazing story-teller. In "Flash Boys", Lewis applies combination of his talents to explain to us, lay people, the rise and fall (let's hope) of the high-speed trading, the way the technology has been used (and why not?) to create money for people willing to pay for it. Also, somewhat askew moral compass is also a given, therefore the system is abused. And, it seems, always has been.

"Flash Boys" is an amazingly well-told story (it's a page turner!
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great product
Published 9 days ago by sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Now I know what HFT is all about. Studied finance but could not tell you what HFT was. Amazing story.
Published 13 days ago by Lenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
Really great read.
Published 1 month ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable
Brilliant book, thoroughly enjoyed reading this, but then again I think Michael Lewis has a wonderful way of telling a story!!
Published 1 month ago by Sesame
4.0 out of 5 stars Good interesting read that manages to strike the right balance between...
Despite some of the details of the story being fairly technical this is an easy, enjoyable read and gives a great insight into our 'free market' economy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Billy Bobby
4.0 out of 5 stars good long intro into modern day banking
Great book though read it in chunks. Will continue to dip into it for some time yet as I learn more and more about HFT
Published 1 month ago by Guernsey Gal
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read if a little pre determined
Tricky to put down and a fascinating insight behind the scenes of a very opaque world.
Well worth a read but possibly not the most balanced as focuses so squarely on one... Read more
Published 1 month ago by PV
5.0 out of 5 stars Lewis is very good at explaining the technical aspects in laymans...
Well written with lots of technical detail, but in a very clear and concise way. Lewis is very good at explaining the technical aspects in laymans terms and also bringing out the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr R J Stokes
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good story.
Published 1 month ago by Brian Oatley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perfect in every way; simple ordering system, easy to pay and quick deliverance! Thank you!
Published 1 month ago by Manon Tholstrup Hansen
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category