I highly recommend “Dark Pools” which is about how we’ve come to the point where trades are measured in picoseconds (a trillionth of a second) in order to remain competitive. Sounds boring, but it’s written in the same style as a Michael Lewis book and if you ever wanted to know how a guy with lizards running around in his server room helped narrow the average holding period for a stock from two years to twenty seconds, well this is the book for you.
I also read “Savages” and it’s prequel (probably not worth reading). This was before I knew Oliver Stone was doing the movie. A cross between Weeds and No Country For Old Men – really very entertaining fiction.
Other books I enjoyed the last six months: Ready Player One, Deer Hunting with Jesus, This Book Will Save Your Life, The George Martin series, Open City (about NYC), 1Q84, Horns: A Novel, The Fear Index, 11/22/63, Smonk, & The Digital Plague. (more…)