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...Oh yes I can: this book does for High Frequency Trading what 'The Emperor of all Maladies' did for Cancer. It takes a complicated thing that you hear about every now and again in the news, puts it centre stage, explains it in delightful depth to an intelligent layperson, while delivering the excitement and suspense of a novel. As a bonus (again both books) they lay out the moral issues and moral dilemmas, so that the book is much more than a simple documentary of the phenomenon. And both books have more or less happy endings. By the end the good guys are winning. You could not ask for more from a book.
Narration - very professional. Had the impression that the reader understood the material - not always the case with a book like this. I found the ‘stopping points’ for the ipod well organised (by chapter) but rather spaced out. Each chunk was about 1 hour 30 mins, whereas I find 20 minute chunks more user-friendly.
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The rise of the machines or how to rob your client in a microsecond; another chapter of Wall Street amoral procedures and shenanigans. It seems to me that this people with the most privileged in our societies are the most greedy and morally corrupt. The one percenters are never satisfied with any number they achieve, because nothing has any real value to them, but out of this culture of greed a few men took a technological stand to create a neutral market and even plain of trade, instead of the usual and against all odds made a go of something that in Wall Street appears Quixotical, to make profit by selling a product at a fair price, not a manipulated price.
Incredibly interesting and worrisome book, that reads like a thriller but is probably a horrible truth.
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No one does it better than Michael Lewis. This was my second book by Michael and got really hooked on. Can't wait for his next book to be available on auidiobooks.
A sure read to figure out what people will do behind your back to make profits of of you, yes even if they are your broker.