Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt Summary

#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.

Book Reviews


Excellent Read!4 star

Flash boys is an excellent read diving into the slums of the financial world, HFT and those who continue to try and defend the average investor. Great read for finance buffs and the casual investor.45

Boofers and beans

E2 star

Good yf25

I am Scott a

Cover change4 star

Why did the cover change?45


Wall Street criminals abetted by the feds5 star

Makes me proud and glad to be Canadian. Brad and co, despite clearly illustrating the astounding deceit, dishonesty, immorality, and express criminality underlying the big banks and trading houses of Wall Street, have yet to move the SEC to do anything about it thereby making them complicit. So, essentially America’s securities system is being skimmed and the US government is doing nothing to fix it. Wow!55


Interesting Information1 star

The information was interesting but this isn't a good read by Lewis' standards. If I just wanted details, I would have bought a text book.15


Michael Lewis does it again!5 star

Excellent & intriguing book even for the non-investor type. As an individual trader I’ve often thought that something like this was going on when market actions just “didn’t make sense.” This book brought clarity in an exciting, thrilling & captivating fashion. I highly recommend the iTunes audio book as well, Dylan Baker (narrator) does a great job.55


conundrum truths5 star

so much truth in this financial conundrum55


Solid Read - I Learned Much4 star

I manage Futures and Futures Options for a living and do not deal in equities, but enjoyed Lewis’ literary discussion of HFT and how IEX evolved. I think everyone will have reasons to downgrade the book and reasons to promote it. For those looking for intricacies of order types and different HFT arbitrage this is not a technical or typical investment/analysis book. There are some interesting characters, but it doesn’t rise to the level of an intriguing thriller either. It was a great read while doing cardio at the gym.45


Intrigue and Meat5 star

Enough technical meat to keep my mind turning and involved and enough plot to make my arm hairs stand on end at the end.55

Craig Scheiner

Flash Boys5 star

Read this and if you own stock; in your portfolio, 401K, or any where else; be angry - be very angry. If you believe holding the 1% accountable is class warfare this will confirm that belief, but in the opposite direction. Do you pass by a penny when you see it on the street? This book documents how high-speed traders steal from you every time you make a trade, and there is nothing you can do about it. When the high-speed traders take your pennies their billions take care of themselves. This is a page turner of a story. Once you start it you will want to keep going until you've accounted for all your pennies.55

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