Customer Review

Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2021
I read this book after the controversy surrounding the Reddit trade in 2021 and it was a complete revelation. I was quite interested in financial markets in my youth up through my mid-20s, even spending 2 years working at the Federal Reserve Board. Having been more of a passive investor through 401k retirement plans and college 529 plans with occasional trading for personal enjoyment, I was complete unaware how fundamentally financial markets have changed over the past 20 years. While this book was published in 2012, it remains highly relevant today and is an excellent primer and modern history on how markets function today. I compare it favorably to Flash Boys by Michael Lewis, which was also a good read but lacked some deeper explanations in favor of more narrative. Author Scott Patterson offers both a great story and sharp insights in this book. The character of Josh Levine in particular was fascinating and worth the price by himself.
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