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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)

Michael Lewis knows how to tell a story (Vanity Fair)

This book has the potential to spark a cultural uprising . . . More than five years on from the Lehman collapse, Lewis has lit the touch paper on the mother of all debates about Wall Street and global finance (Liam Halligan Spectator)

Compelling, a great yarn from beginning to end (Daniel Finkelstein The Times)

When the stories of our times are told, there will be no more seminal documents than the books of Michael Lewis (Guardian)

Who knew high-frequency trading was such a sexy subject? (Bloomberg Business Week)

Michael Lewis is one of the premier chroniclers of our age (Huffington Post)

Michael Lewis is a genius, and his book will give high-frequency trading a much-needed turn under the microscope (Kevin Roose New York Magazine)

Flash Boys is remarkable for its moral outrage as it reveals how high-frequency traders have hoodwinked both investors and the public . . . He is that rare beast: an insider who writes lucid, jargon-free prose and who never loses track of his ultimate responsibility to the story (Daily Telegraph)

Remarkable . . . Michael Lewis has a spellbinding talent for finding emotional dramas in complex, highly technical subjects (Financial Times)

He tracks down the men who worked out what was going wrong and exposed it (John Arlidge Sunday Times)

Score one for the humans! Critics of high speed, computer-driven trading have a new champion (CNN Money)

If you own stock, you need to read Flash Boys . . . and then call your broker (Entertainment Weekly)

Important to public debate about Wall Street . . . in exposing what one of his central characters calls the 'Pandora's box of ridiculousness' that financial exchanges have become (Philip Delves Broughton The Wall Street Journal)

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)

From the Inside Flap

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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 946 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 01 edition (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
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 429 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,249 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Marand TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Jan. 2017
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"If this story has a soul, it is in the decisions made by its principal characters to resist the temptation of easy money and to pay special attention to the spirit in which they live their working lives."

So says Lewis at the very end of this book. This is the story of a small group of people working on, or connected with Wall Street, who identify a problem whereby the markets were colluding to work against the interests of their clients and customers. I have heard & read of the negative impact of high frequency trading on the stock market but never really had a grasp on how it worked. This book has answered that question. The explanation is in one sense simple, although complex at the same time. I suspect that some will find it a bit too technical but this isn't a book aimed at those in the markets who would no doubt find it all a bit basic. Once again, you think you have heard it all about the murky world of investment banking, and yet again you find more to demonstrate that many banking employees lack any moral compass and act in their own best interests (in this case those best interests may have conflicted with their employer's best interests).

The main narrative follows a Canadian banker as he tries to get to grips with what was going on and his eventual solution - the creation of a trading exchange (a recognised public exchange since the middle of 2016). It is a gripping tale, told almost in a novelistic way as it concentrates on a small number of characters with their parts to play.
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Another great book by Michael Lewis. Extremely interesting story about how far the greedy investment bankers can go to make that one extra bip by reaching the market one millisecond earlier than everyone else. Right on the boundaries of legality, these practices say a lot about the lack of ethics that pervades banking these days. Canadian trader Brad Katsuyama decides to do the ethical thing and builds a system that solves the problem by making sure all sellers and buyers reach the market at exactly the same time, to the millisecond, with the intention to sell it all to those players who want to play in a fair market place - sadly, only one large investment bank buys his product. That bank is, of all possible names, Goldman Sachs.
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If you've ever had any interest in the stock market or stock trading, (or - like me - wanted to own a Bloomberg terminal - just for the sake of it), this book will blow your mind. This book gives a great history of HFT, and tells the story of one honest traders mission to uncover the shady dealing of HFT firms, banks and stock brokers on Wall Street.
Ever wondered why your price jumps as soon as you order? You need this book.
Ever wondered why there is so much money in networking? You need this book.

Its also uncovers some shocking behaviour by some of Wall Street's most loved firms - such as the treatment of Serge Aleynikov, who was known as the only banker to be jailed for the 2008 crisis - despite him having nothing to do with it..

Great book, well told.
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Michael Lewis has lifted the lid on a high powered share trading scam that he says impacts on all our pensions and future. A vast expenditure on communications hardware and software that buys or sells shares micro seconds before pension manager's share trades, thus ensuring the price paid is higher or the price received is lower. So pension investments are being scalped every single second and all pensions will be smaller than they should be. This practice has a name, high frequency trading - the author describes soulless acts that destroy value.
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If you read one book about the finance industry it should be this one. If you think there is a level playing field this may change your mind.
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Michael Lewis returns with a brilliant exposition of shenanigans prevalent in markets not known by many. A well written narrative that takes the reader through the impact of the HFTs on markets and ultimately investors of all kinds. Well woven with colourful and sympathetic description of main protagonists and almost idealistic mission to better the markets for all.
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boring
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By RS on 31 Dec. 2015
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As every a great read from Michael Lewis. It is high on technical detail but still worth reading.
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