Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

by Michael Lewis


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393351590
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 03/23/2015
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 63,521
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Michael Lewis is the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, The Big Short, and The Undoing Project. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.

Date of Birth:

October 15, 1960

Place of Birth:

New Orleans, LA


Princeton University, B.A. in Art History, 1982; London School of Economics, 1985

Table of Contents

Introduction: Windows on the World 1

Chapter 1 Hidden in Plain Sight 7

Chapter 2 Brad's Problem 23

Chapter 3 Ronan's Problem 56

Chapter 4 Tracking the Predator 89

Chapter 5 Putting a Face on HFT 128

Chapter 6 How to Take Billions from Wall Street 151

Chapter 7 An Army of One 193

Chapter 8 The Spider and the Fly 244

Epilogue: Riding the Wall Street Trail 261

Afterword: How Dare You Say That the Stock Market Is Rigged! 273

Acknowledgments 287

Index 289

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Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 59 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Flash Boys is a very good book.  Reading it will cause you to think of many things.  Anyone who owns stock or has a 401K with stock in it would profit from reading this book. There is a great deal of information coupled with an engaging story.   Most of us don't even begin to understand what impacts our investments and how Wall Street makes money.  Some of the information is extremely technical both in describing financial transactions and in explaining the technical aspects of software creation and control. I am still not sure I understand it all, but I understand more than I did before I read it. At its heart, it is a story of how a complex system (the stock exchanges) can be gamed.  In this case, it results is high speed trading on the stock market that only a few brokers and banks can use at the little guys expense. The result is a system that, like casinos, is rigged in the "House's" favor.  The story follows a banker who figured out the "game" and his attempts to address it.  Some of the book is very dry, but I still wanted to understand and learn more. Not a lite read...but I did enjoy it and will be interest to watch what happens to the High Speed Trading firms and systems.  Will IEX change things?  What I am sure of is that the gamers will find another hole in some system.    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable and I feel smarter for having read it.  I wouldn't be afraid of the technical stuff. Most folks can understand the speed of light and that,  IMO, is the heart of the technical discussion. I enjoyed reading the names of the firms involved and how they might have been bashed in one chapter and redeemed later.      
Machender More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was exceptionally informative; I'm a securities lawyer and, even though I am familiar with the markets and securities compliance issues, garnered much new information about the technical operation of the markets. Lewis does a great job of conveying technical information in a way that is easily understandable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is informative and a great analysis.
WaldoMK More than 1 year ago
Mr. Lewis can take the most difficult financial material and make it simple enough for you to understand. What could be more confusing the stock market and computers? He explains it in clear terms to simply cutting in line. The ability to purchase all stock that is available because your first and know others are waiting in line should not be fair. Mr Lewis shows there is hope for fairness from of all places Goldman Sachs. A book for all to read even if you do not trade stocks for a living. You have a pension and these "Flash Boys" effect it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very interesting book. I'm not really into stocks, but perhaps one day. Regardless of that fact, this was an entertaining read about some of the corrupt things going on in the stock market over the past several years and a guy who desperately wanted to change it. This book helps the case for how important it is to have a culture in your organization through the life of the main character (Brad). Overall, I felt this book could be broken into thirds on "drawn in" factor. In the beginning, it was great, I simply couldn't put it down. Towards the middle it just kind of dropped off a bit, it wasn't quite boring but I didn't mind putting it down to do other things. In the end it picked up again, not quite the "can't put it down" factor, but somewhere in the middle of the first 2/3 of the book. I wouldn't call it great but it was definitely a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really lays bear the greed and intentions of Wall Street. What ever happened to fairness and the consciousness for doing the right thing for other people? The kinds of values all our parents taught us as children. Looks like it is alive and well in Canada with Brad K, and he instilled it in his team as well. That's the way people in the US use to be. Bravo for Mike Lewis and the people in this book. It's brought the right focus to this High Speed trading fiasco. Great book!!
Anonymous 7 months ago
Excellent book.
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If you want to understand how the game is rigged while the powers that be do nothing to help the little guy this is it.
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The book is not all that it seems.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Sets on a bed in his motel room watching tv, the door barely open.*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An intriguing quick read to see how computers have changed the world of finance.
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ryeLee More than 1 year ago
Interesting read about some unselfish people who use their intelligence for good. Also, a sad portrayal of the current stock market. Good to know stuff, and well worth reading.
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