Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

Flash Boys

By Michael Lewis

  • Release Date: 2014-03-31
  • Genre: Politics & Current Affairs
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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


  • Just scratching the surface...

    By TomR79
    Compelling easy read. Unbelievable that HFT still goes on....part two would be interesting to see how all the investigations pan out!
  • Impressive summary about capital markets plumbing

    Impressive summary about capital markets plumbing.
  • Insightful - stock market is rigged

    By Jnas
    Very insiteful book highlights how race against ms yields rewards in a market that's rigged. How big banks are corrupt. Making profits from clients accounts. Computer algorithms and programs control the world stock markets. Automated self learning. Flash crash of 2010 when 1000 points were wiped off the Dow in 3minutes highlight the affect of EFT algorithms going wrong. No one really understands how the market works which is really worrying. Must read!
  • Flash Boys wonderful

    By dingo56
    Another enjoyable read from Michael lewis.
  • Good read.

    By chrislmurray
    Very informative, provides knowledge of how Wall Street works, told in a varied and interesting style. Explains really important issues, and takes away some of the mystery surrounding Wall Street. Only negatives are that it’s slightly disjointed, and is very detailed and difficult to follow at some points.
  • Great book. Those a hole bankers

    By PhilipWilkinson.co
    Couldn't stop reading it... Just wished it had a proper ending and explained what the state of play today is
  • Instinct

    By MalSm1th
    Instinctively I've always mistrusted banks, money brokers, share traders, etc. Now I know I was right to do so !!