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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In his new book, bestselling author (and former bond broker) Michael Lewis delivers another eye-opening account of the machinations of Wall Street. Following in the footsteps of hit titles like Liar’s Poker and The Big Short, Flash Boys opens up the lid on the way banks, brokerages and other moneymakers operate today, and exposes unsettling truths about the recession and financial crises that have dominated world headlines. Lewis’ concise and energetic writing style makes this book accessible and fascinating, whatever your level of financial know-how.