Book Review: ‘Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt’ by Michael Lewis

I’ve read several of Michael Lewis’ books but it’s been awhile since I’ve picked one up. However, with all the WallStreetBets stuff that started kicking off at the end of January, I heard someone draw parallels to the events of this book and its primary subjects to the events of the GameStopocalypse.

Sure, there’s some similar beats but this is a different story about a different group of people that really tried to stick it to the villains on Wall Street.

I mostly liked this but it wasn’t as energetic or as compelling as some of Lewis’ other books. Liar’s Poker is still my favorite and while this serves as a sort of companion or unrelated sequel to it, it read kind of dry, if I’m being honest.

That doesn’t mean it’s bad, it was still informative and it told an interesting story. I felt like there may have just been way too much backstory on the subjects and not enough of the good stuff I was hoping for.

I really wanted more of the intelligent revolutionaries disrupting the status quo and while that does happen in this book, I feel like it was sacrificed by the author spending too much time setting the stage for the revolt.

Still, this was a fairly quick read and it’s a cool tale about seeing giants getting taken down a few pegs.

Rating: 7/10
Pairs well with: other books by Michael Lewis, as well as other books about the finance industry.

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