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  • Published: 25 March 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141981031
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $24.99

Flash Boys

The Master of the Big Story is back

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.

  • Published: 25 March 2015
  • ISBN: 9780141981031
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $24.99

About the author

Michael Lewis

Michael Lewis was born in New Orleans and educated at Princeton University and the London School of Economics. He has written several books including the New York Times bestsellers Liar's Poker, widely considered the book that defined Wall Street during the 1980s, and The Big Short, 'probably the single best piece of financial journalism ever written' (Reuters). Lewis is contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and also writes for Vanity Fair and Portfolio Magazine.

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Praise for Flash Boys

A beautiful narrative, so well-written. You've got to get this

Jon Stewart, The Daily Show

Dazzling... guaranteed to make blood boil... riveting

Janet Maslin, The New York Times


John Naughton, Observer

Michael Lewis knows how to tell a story

Vanity Fair

This book has the potential to spark a cultural uprising . . . More than five years on from the Lehman collapse, Lewis has lit the touch paper on the mother of all debates about Wall Street and global finance

Liam Halligan, Spectator

Compelling, a great yarn from beginning to end

Daniel Finkelstein, The Times

When the stories of our times are told, there will be no more seminal documents than the books of Michael Lewis


Who knew high-frequency trading was such a sexy subject?

Bloomberg Business Week

Michael Lewis is one of the premier chroniclers of our age

Huffington Post

Michael Lewis is a genius, and his book will give high-frequency trading a much-needed turn under the microscope

Kevin Roose, New York Magazine

Flash Boys is remarkable for its moral outrage as it reveals how high-frequency traders have hoodwinked both investors and the public . . . He is that rare beast: an insider who writes lucid, jargon-free prose and who never loses track of his ultimate responsibility to the story

Daily Telegraph

Remarkable . . . Michael Lewis has a spellbinding talent for finding emotional dramas in complex, highly technical subjects

Financial Times

He tracks down the men who worked out what was going wrong and exposed it

John Arlidge, Sunday Times

Score one for the humans! Critics of high speed, computer-driven trading have a new champion

CNN Money

If you own stock, you need to read Flash Boys . . . and then call your broker

Entertainment Weekly

Important to public debate about Wall Street . . . in exposing what one of his central characters calls the 'Pandora's box of ridiculousness' that financial exchanges have become

Philip Delves Broughton, The Wall Street Journal

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

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