Flash Boys

Michael Lewis is known for his books Liar’s Poker, Moneyball and The Big Short. Flash Boys is one of his more recent books, and it’s about high-frequency trading. Even though it reads like a novel, it’s actually non-fiction, with real characters and real events.

The book tells the story of how electronic trading replaced trading floor of brokers and the race for reduced latency with the introduction of electronic trading. The story revolves around a few characters. The main character is Brad Katsuyama, a former Royal Bank of Canada trader, discovering that he can no longer buy shares at the prices he sees, and his journey to understand what’s happening in the market that leads him to starting a new, fair exchange called Investors’  Exchange.

Overall, the book is really interesting if you’re not very familiar with the finance industry, and portrays the conflict of interest and raises ethical questions about the practices in the industry. Highly recommended if you’re interested in this subject!

August 25, 2017

Men Without Women

Murakami’s new book “Men Without Women” is a collection of seven short stories. A common theme is relationships between men and women, whether it’s a love story or an affair. I enjoyed the first few stories more than the later ones. Despite having different translators for different stories, Murakami’s language is very consistent and easy to read. I like his mastery of storytelling, and grew accustomed to his literary style. This book isn’t his greatest work, but it’s worth reading if you’re interested in reading short stories about men and women.

June 27, 2017

The Everything Store

The Everything Store tells the story of Jeff Bezos and Amazon. It covers both Jeff Bezos and his life before starting Amazon, as well as the early days of Amazon and the company over time. It contains lots of details about internal company politics and drama. Jeff Bezos is not portrayed very positively, a recurring theme we see when we read about tech company CEOs.  If you’re interested in learning more about Amazon, I would recommend reading this book, it’s fun and engaging.

June 21, 2017

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