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About Scott Patterson
Scott has been an investigative reporter at The Wall Street Journal in New York City, Washington, DC, and London for more than two decades, focusing on climate tech.
Scott’s 2010 New York Times bestseller The Quants was about the rise of mathematical traders and their near destruction of the financial system. His second book, Dark Pools, which exposed how high-frequency trading had rigged the stock market, was lauded by a pantheon of financial writers.
A news-breaking account of the global stock market’s subterranean battles, Dark Pools portrays the rise of the “bots”—artificially intelligent systems that execute trades in milliseconds and use the cover of darkness to out-maneuver the humans who’ve created them.
With the immediacy of today’s NASDAQ close and the timeless power of a Greek tragedy, The Quants is at once a masterpiece of explanatory journalism, a gripping tale of ambition and hubris, and an ominous warning about Wall Street’s future.
News & Reviews
Publisher’s Weekly says “Wall Street Journal reporter Patterson (Dark Pools) delivers an illuminating investigation into those who profit from anticipating crises.” Continue Reading
Kirkus says Chaos Kings is a “Complex economic and scientific theories lucidly rendered, even if the resulting picture is unremittingly gloomy.” Continue Reading