What books are you currently reading?

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Night by Elie Wiesel

Brief Description: Autobiography made by the late Elie wiesel of his experience at Auschwitz II-Birkenau concentration camp
 

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The lives of the ancient egyptians by Toby Wilkinson
 
King Leopold's Ghost: A story of greed, terror and heroism in colonial Africa.
Some parts are very upsetting and gruesome. Extremely well written for a historical book.
 

JackieBurkhart

The years don't matter, the life in those years do
For those of you, who are still reading, or read your books of choice, could not give synopses of the books viz. plot if fictional, or take-away if historical or biographies, could you?

In The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

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When University of Chicago professor William Dodd assumed the post of U.S. ambassador to Germany in 1933, he hoped for an undemanding position that would allow him spare time to write a book.

At the time, few in the United States or Europe considered then-Chancellor Adolf Hitler a serious threat, and few expected him to remain in power long. Dodd was no exception, says Erik Larson, author of In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin.

Having studied in Germany as a college student in the 1890s, Dodd began his term as ambassador with "a predisposition to like the Germans and to like Germany," Larson tells NPR's Jennifer Ludden.

He arrived in Berlin, Larson says, with "almost a deliberate desire β€” deliberate objectivity, let's say β€” to view things as objectively as possible, without prejudging."

But over the subsequent four years, the Dodd family grew uneasy as they watched Hitler consolidate his power and impose increasingly severe restrictions on Germany's Jewish population.

Matters came to head as Dodd clashed with the Nazi Party and the State Department and eventually resigned over the failure of officials back home to recognize the threat the Nazis posed.
 

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Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt - It is based on a real event, 2008 financial crash
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"Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt" is a non-fiction book written by Michael Lewis and published in 2014. The book explores the world of high-frequency trading (HFT) and its impact on the fairness and integrity of the stock market.

The story revolves around a group of Wall Street outsiders who uncover the manipulative practices of HFT firms. These firms use sophisticated algorithms and high-speed technology to gain unfair advantages in trading. They exploit tiny delays in the transmission of stock prices and execute trades faster than regular investors, allowing them to front-run orders and make profits at the expense of others.

The main protagonist of the book is Brad Katsuyama, a former trader at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). Katsuyama discovers that the stock market is rigged and sets out to create a fairer trading platform for investors. He establishes a new stock exchange called IEX (Investors' Exchange) that aims to level the playing field by eliminating the advantages of HFT.

Throughout the book, Lewis exposes the questionable practices of high-frequency traders and the complicity of traditional exchanges, brokers, and regulators in perpetuating this unfair system. He sheds light on the complex and obscure world of Wall Street and reveals how HFT firms profit at the expense of ordinary investors.

"Flash Boys" not only delves into the technical aspects of high-frequency trading but also humanizes the individuals affected by these practices. Lewis emphasizes the importance of trust, fairness, and transparency in the financial system, advocating for reforms to protect investors and restore confidence in the markets.

Overall, "Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt" serves as a wake-up call, exposing the dark side of high-frequency trading and sparking a broader discussion about the need for reforms in the financial industry. It sheds light on the behind-the-scenes operations of Wall Street and the efforts of a group of individuals who aim to bring about positive change in the face of powerful and entrenched interests.
 

JackieBurkhart

The years don't matter, the life in those years do
I don't read unless is manhwa :gaasdrink: I do read chinese translated novels once in a while.
It would expand your vocabulary, and improve your grammar. Reading is good for you, you gain knowledge and a deeper understanding of many different subjects.
 
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