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This is a fine history and update on insider trading (and law enforcement on it) for anyone who hasn't followed the topic in media in a steady, disciplined way. (So, it's good for me.) It gives a very good "fly on the wall" feel for both the traders and firms affected, in their business and personal lives, and the prosecutors and field agents (for SEC as well as FBI/DOJ). This is an evolving area of our emerging "surveillance/analytic society," and the private players are using some sophisticated intelligence gathering themselves, to keep their competitive edge, and skate along the tenuous line between legal and illegal trading.
As for the part which detours off to finger-pointing about how some real supposed baddies, at least in the (alleged) public mind, have got away with bad acts while attention was diverted to insider trading, this reappears sporadically across the book. It seems to me hasty. ill-conceived, poorly supported and documented, and seems like perhaps an afterthought to market the book. There is no smoking gun here about the "little guy" getting shafted. Indeed, there is much that seems laudatory about what investigators and prosecutors have done with insider trading, but I appreciate that it is well-hedged by the author with discussion of the fuzziness of the law (and sometimes the career motives of enforcers, and bigger political theater). And, there is human drama, as we see well-heeled traders' lives melt down in quick sequences. This is altogether worthwhile, wide-ranging but accessible and coherent on all facets of this.
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