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Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by [Lewis, Michael]
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Lewis, as always, is exceedingly good at describing the complexities and absurdities of the subculture he portrays here… A deeply entertaining book, and one that illuminates how much our world has changed in less than a decade. — Hector Tobar (Los Angeles Times)

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 (Wall Street Journal)

Reads like a thriller . . . Lewis is the kind of writer who creates his own weather system. — John Lanchester (London Review of Books)

Michael Lewis does it again . . . fascinating. — Steven Pearlstein (Washington Post)

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

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

If you read one business book this year, make it Flash Boys. — David Sirota (Salon)

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)

Michael Lewis knows how to tell a story. — Vanity Fair

A fast-paced tale backed by gutsy reporting. — Tina Jordan (Entertainment Weekly)

In 24 hours, I plowed through Michael Lewis' new blockbuster Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, a book about the huge changes that have occurred in financial markets in the last three decades. It's compelling reading. — John Aziz (The Week)

Flash Boys richly deserves to be the first chapter in a new discussion of market rules and abuses… Lewis raises troubling and necessary questions. — The American Conservative

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

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

When it comes to narrative skill, a reporter’s curiosity and an uncanny instinct for the pulse of the zeitgeist, Lewis is a triple threat. — James B. Stewart (New York Times)

Michael Lewis is one of the premier chroniclers of our age. — Huffington Post

[Lewis] is a top-flight storyteller. — Lev Grossman (Time)

A tour de force that will grab and hold your attention like the best of thrillers. — Jon Talton (Seattle Times)

Lewis writes about the resilience of underdogs, even in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds. He’s doing essential work, and anything that embarrasses fat cats and encourages reform is a flash in the right direction. — Julie Hinds (Detroit Free Press)

Lewis simply tells the truth. — Will Deener (Dallas News)

Michael Lewis has another hit on his hands. — Zachary Warmbrodt and Dave Clarke (Politico)

[Lewis’s] ability to find compelling characters and tell a great story through their eyes is unparalleled. He can untangle complex subjects like few others. His prose sparkles. — Joe Nocera (New York Times)

As always, Lewis simplifies the complex—and makes it fascinating. — People

Recommended… Entertaining. — San Francisco Chronicle

Entirely engaging… Illuminates a part of Wall Street that has generally done business in the shadows. — New York Review of Books

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#1 New York Times Bestseller — With a new Afterword


"Guaranteed to make blood boil." —Janet Maslin, New York Times


In Michael Lewis's game-changing bestseller, a small group of Wall Street iconoclasts realize that the U.S. stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders. They band together—some of them walking away from seven-figure salaries—to investigate, expose, and reform the insidious new ways that Wall Street generates profits. If you have any contact with the market, even a retirement account, this story is happening to you.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1023 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (March 31 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HVJB4VM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 100 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,333 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Several times I have experienced the frustration of attempting to buy stock based on my perception of a current market offer. When I've put in the buy order, the market suddenly moves higher. This book explains the role of high frequency traders (HFT) and their ability to front run your order. Will this cost the average investor a lot of money? Not compared to the pension funds and large corporate investors who are getting ripped off. You could always follow the advice of Warren Buffet and Benjamin Graham. Buy stock on the fundamentals of a great company that has a promising future for a fair price. Monitor it on a regular basis and leave the day to day technical market price fluctuations to the day traders. This book is a great read for those of us who love to invest through online discount brokerages that charge under $10 a trade. It was great to see Canadians contributing to discovering the role of HFT.
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In his first book, Liar's Poker, Michael Lewis sketched colourful and entertaining characters to show us the excesses of a Wall Street titan - Salomon Brothers - at the peak of its game. Later, in The Big Short, he used his considerable storytelling abilities and yet more colourful and entertaining characters to help explain the financial collapse of 2007. With his latest book, Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, Lewis again weaves a compelling story with still more wonderful characters, but rather than chronicling a market excess or explaining post hoc a financial crisis, this time Lewis investigates, uncovers and reports on systematic Wall Street shenanigans by a small group of High Frequency Traders (HFT), their complicit and enabling stock exchanges, and the perverse regulations that permit or encourage the activity.

While the book is enjoyable and entertaining to read, what Lewis reports will anger and sadden most readers, for it becomes very clear as the book progresses how enormously the odds are stacked against most investors. In the beginning even "the most sophisticated investors didn't know what was going on in their own market. Not the big mutual funds, Fidelity and Vanguard. Not the big money management firms like T. Rowe Price and Janus Capital. Not even the most sophisticated hedge funds."

Flash Boys engages readers immediately with a story; the laying of a new and secret fibre optic cable between New Jersey and Chicago.
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My son and I both planned to sent this title to the other. We shared this info before this happened. Both of us thought this is a must read to be adequately informed and therefore forearmed re the menace from many dishonest US securities brokers/investors who are skewing the US stock market by operating with microsecond advantages to drive prices either way before the public market information is available. Plain talk, no gobbledegook. A great read
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I have an old copy of 'Liar's Poker' and I thought that book was very entertaining. Michael Lewis is a good storyteller. I think he did a very good job explaining a complex subject - which before this book, I could not tell you just what the heck HFT was. An entertaining and informative primer on HFT.
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I found the book to be a very good read and not to difficult absorb. I felt it was very well written. There was an awful lot of insight into the goings on of the marketplace and behind closed doors. It was very interesting on how the main trading houses viewed their customers as being there to be taken advantage of. A very vey insightful read.
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Is it legal to "front run" a stock order, at one time when humans did the trading, perhaps. Now with computers deciding the best market and milliseconds to execute trade the simple investor is prey.
Enjoy and begin to worry about this institution of capitalism that is programmed by tech geeks of the former solviets.
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By the end of this book, you have to wonder why the US authorities have not moved to fix the equity markets and put these high volume traders out of business. The reader can't help wonder if the authorities themselves are profiting from this scam. Normal investors that follow the rules are being hurt and the regulators allow it to continue under a flawed legal structure.
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I am now retired and earn money on the stock market. Why doesn't the sec finally act. It is obvious that the US IS GOVERNMENT BY THE RICH FOR THE RICH. See Oils endless bid, and doesens of other books outlining big bank treatment of us muppets.
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