Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt Book Review

March 21, 2022

Flash Boys: A Wall Street RevoltFlash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I know next to nothing about trading and finance. And whenever anyone tries to explain it to me, my eyesight blurs. So, I was hesitant to pick up this book. But, while a few passages explaining where the stock markets went awry around 2006 were a bit confusing for me, the book’s substance was completely understandable. Michael Lewis looks at the human side of his story in addition to the numbers.

The descriptions of the people who stood up against the big investment banks who used their dark pools to hide how they ripped off their investors kept me, by turns, infuriated and amazed. That these people were smart enough and cared enough to beat the system and do the right thing was inspiring. The book narrates a modern-day David and Goliath tale that made me feel that, despite rampant greed and corruption, there may be hope for us after all.

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