Flash Crash

Flash Crash : A Trading Savant, a Global Manhunt and the Most Mysterious Market Crash in History

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'The UK's pre-eminent chronicler of financial crime' New Yorker

'Not just a readable, pacey account of an extraordinary individual and his quixotic quest for money he didn't even spend, but also a troubling expose of the fragility of our entire financial system ... I loved it'

Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland

For fans of Bad Blood and Flash Boys, the story of a trading prodigy who amassed $70 million from his childhood bedroom-until the US government accused him of helping trigger an unprecedented market collapse.

On May 6, 2010, financial markets around the world tumbled simultaneously and without warning. In the span of five minutes, a trillion dollars of valuation was lost. The Flash Crash, as it became known, represented the fastest drop in market history. When share values rebounded less than half an hour later, experts around the globe were left perplexed. What had they just witnessed?

Navinder Singh Sarao hardly seemed like a man who would shake the world's financial markets to their core. Raised in a working-class neighbourhood in West London, Nav was a preternaturally gifted trader who played the markets like a computer game. By the age of thirty, he had left behind London's trading arcades, working instead out of his childhood home. For years the money poured in. But when lightning-fast electronic traders infiltrated markets and started eating into his profits, Nav built a system of his own to fight back. It worked-until 2015, when the FBI arrived at his door. Depending on whom you ask, Sarao was a scourge, a symbol of a financial system run horribly amok, or a folk hero-an outsider who took on the tyranny of Wall Street and the high-frequency traders.

A real-life financial thriller, Flash Crash uncovers the remarkable, behind-the-scenes narrative of a mystifying market crash, a globe-spanning investigation into international fraud, and the man at the centre of them both.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 159 x 240 x 27mm | 470g
  • William Collins
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0008270392
  • 9780008270391
  • 432

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'The U.K.'s pre-eminent chronicler of financial crime' New Yorker

'This is not just a readable, pacey account of an extraordinary individual ... but also a troubling expose of the fragility of our entire financial system ... I loved it'
Oliver Bullough, author of Moneyland

'The definitive account of one of the most mysterious events in the recent history of financial markets ...Tells the irresistible personal tale of the unlikely character-finance whiz, social misfit, brazen cheater, folk hero, fraud victim-who finds himself at the centre of a vast global scandal'
David Enrich

'A fascinating journey through the heart of the financial markets and the battle between man and machine'
Bradley Hope

'An elegant and fast-paced narrative ... Through meticulous reporting and a gripping story, Vaughan has filled in many of the missing pieces. You won't be able to put it down.'
William D. Cohan

'Liam Vaughan's fast-paced, richly detailed financial thriller tells the real story of how it happened, who was at the center of it, and what it all means. You'll want to read it in one sitting.'
Bethany McLean

'A cautionary tale of the fragilities baked into the financial system ... An engaging history lesson on the evolution of modern trading ... And it is a pacy account that swings from humour to horror of a vulnerable man who is out of his depth ... Compelling'
Financial Times

'Extraordinary ... vivid detail ... The real bandits are still out there, cloaked in political cover and respectability yet rigging the markets at scale'
Wall Street Journal

'So compelling ... He brings out the moral subtleties. It isn't a simple story of good versus evil ... Tells the story beautifully'
Daily Mail, Book of the Week

'A magnificently detailed yet pacy narrative. Think Trading Places meets Wall Street ... Vaughan achieves something even more remarkable. He makes you sympathise ... Meticulous reporting'
Sunday Times
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About Liam Vaughan

Liam Vaughan is an award-winning investigative journalist and author with Bloomberg and Businessweek magazine.
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