As you have more than likely heard, Michael Lewis’s 14th book was released yesterday. In Flash Boys, Lewis explores the world of high-frequency trading, focusing on a Canadian named Brad Katsuyama who left the Royal Bank of Canada to create trading platform called IEX, which “slow[s] down customers’ orders to stymie high-frequency traders,” who Katsuyama (and Lewis) believe hurt non-HFT investors. Some people, like the co-head of equity trading at Themis Trading, have applauded Lewis’s latest effort (“We believe Lewis’s book can have a big impact on complex market-structure issues that have been simmering for years,” he told Bloomberg). Others think it’s a piece of garbage they wouldn’t use as liner in their parakeet’s birdcage.

Rustled out of bed by his toddler, William O’Brien downloaded “Flash Boys,” the new book by Mr. Lewis, onto his e-reader — and fumed as he devoured the pages during his morning commute to BATS Global Markets, the stock exchange where he serves as president…Critics argue that Mr. Lewis broke no new ground. And a number of executives at the firms mentioned in the book said that Mr. Lewis did not double-check the facts. “Michael Lewis clearly has a blind side, as we’ve just discovered,” said Mr. O’Brien of BATS, cheekily referring to a previous work by the journalist.

Burns aside, what’s clear is that many people, who less than 48 hours ago worshiped at the altar of Lewis, are now dealing with a range of emotions that include shock, confusion, and sadness, which would explain this “You broke my heart, Fredo“-esque reaction:

Others found the book nothing less than a betrayal. “When I came to Wall Street back in 1992, his book ‘Liar’s Poker’ was required reading. It was one of my favorite books,” said Manoj Narang, the chief executive of the high-frequency trading firm Tradeworx. Of the new book he said: “It’s very disappointing.”

It’s like they don’t even know him anymore.

Scrutiny for Wall Street’s Warp Speed [Dealbook]
Michael Lewis Views Market as ‘Rigged’ in Favor of High-Speed Traders [Dealbook]
High-Speed Traders Rip Investors Off, Michael Lewis Says [Bloomberg]

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  1. Posted by BATS trader | April 1, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    I ain't boycotting fcking Lewis!. FCK OBAMA, FCK LIBERALS, AND FCK ANYONE WHO COMES IN BETWEEN ME AND MY FOOTBALL. Shazar what time do you want to do dinner tonight?!

  2. Posted by InfiniteGuest | April 1, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    This fuckin' guy.

  3. Posted by Shouldahadavalium | April 1, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Um, what's a bats trader?

    Guy got a little worked up- perfectly if you consider he was accused of being a crook by someone who provided very little and dubious evidence of it.

  4. Posted by Turnip Truck | April 1, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    It's not true! …And, furthermore, everyone already knew it!

  5. Posted by Tickle Fight | April 1, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Michael Lewis can't win.

  6. Posted by Guest | April 1, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Worst comment since December 7th.

  7. Posted by Tony Two Times | April 1, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Leave the gun, take the Cannoli..
    – guy who believes there are never enough Godfather quotes in one thread

  8. Posted by IEX | April 1, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    Are u gonna propose or what?

  9. Posted by BATS trader | April 1, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Obama (peace prize be upon him) has dictated: you shall have no other gods before me.

  10. Posted by Guest | April 1, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    Go home and get your fucking shine box!

    –William "Billy BATS" O’Brien

  11. Posted by Guest | April 1, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    You see Michael, I can deal with the SEC, and the DOJ, and the blood. I don't want money, and I don't want medals. What I do want is for you to stand there in that faggoty red sweater and with your Princeton mouth extend me some fucking courtesy. You wanna know how BATS works? You gotta ask me nicely.

    -BATS BSD

  12. Posted by History Major | April 2, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Mr. O'Brien doth protest too much…methinks…

    Macbeth

  13. Posted by Benoit | April 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Je suis un joueur français de poker et je regrette les room d'y il y a quelques années, maitenant on ne compte plus toutes celles qui ferment, du moins en France…