#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.
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.
Veteran actor Baker brings his distinct patrician manner, with its smooth elocution and precise pronunciation, to the audio edition of Lewis's investigation into the world of high-frequency stock trading. The book chronicles a new band of marketplace rebels who engaged in a David and Goliath battle with Wall Street to level the playing field for investors. Baker's polished vocal mannerisms, though characteristic of the stodgy stereotypes of today's business tycoons, provide an effective contrast with the diverse cast of outlaws in the book. Issues of ethnicity remain at the heart of this tension, as technically gifted Wall St. outsiders from around the globe fuel the movement with their discomfort of the mainstream American financial industry. Baker's portrayal of Russian immigrant programmer Sergey Aleynikov is especially striking and evocative. Though not quite as dramatic, Baker's voicing of Irish finance expert Ronan Ryan also leaves an impression upon the listener. A Norton hardcover.
This book is uneven and begs for a sequel, but it is timely and rings true and has to be read. Many negative reviews seem to be based on excerpts published in the New York Times Sunday Magazine. The full book answers many of the criticisms. It is really a story about remarkable people and not an ideological screed. That story may often be hard to follow in the many threads being juggled, but is one needing to be told and heard.
This is a real thriller...
Once again, in a masterful way, Michael Lewis reduces an arcane technology, high frequency trading, to something not only understandable but frankly fascinating. This book is as much a page-turner as any thriller. I could not put it down. Highly recommended.
I work in the markets
Pretty well written. Lewis is an easy read and I always enjoy his style and story-telling. Don't expect this to cover everything about HFT or go too in depth, but he really does a great job of giving all types of readers a stronger understanding of how the market really works against investors. Through his characters they give a fair assessment of the pros and cons of HFT while also talking about the systemic problems built into exchanges and bank dark pools.
Worth your money.