A Banker’s Tale of Change, Computers and Perpetual Crisis
An inside account of why banking has gone so badly wrong.
‘Eloquent, entertaining and accessible.’ FT Adviser
When Kevin Rodgers embarked on his career in finance, dealing rooms were filled with clamouring traders and gesticulating salesmen. Nearly three decades later, the bustle has gone and the loudest noise you’re likely to hear is the gentle tapping of keyboards.
Why Aren’t They Shouting? is one banker’s chronicle of this silent revolution, taking us from an age of shouted phone calls and alpha males right up to today’s world of computer geeks and complex derivatives. Along the way, Rodgers offers a masterclass in how modern banking actually works, exploring the seismic changes to the global financial industry over the last thirty years. Above all, his story raises a deeply troubling question: could it be that the technology that has transformed banking – and that continues to do so – is actually making it ever more unstable?
‘A welcome addition to the panoply of must-read titles about banking before, during and after the crisis … by someone who was actually at the centre of the industry at the time.’ Euromoney
‘An animated first-person narrative about the reality of banking … lively and engaging.’ LSE Review of Books
“An animated, first-person narrative about the reality of banking … lively and engaging … Rodgers takes your hand and walks you through the history of finance.”
LSE Review of Books
“A welcome addition to the panoply of must-read titles about banking before, during and after the crisis … by someone who was actually at the centre of the industry at the time.”
“A rip-roaring ride through the dealing floors of the world’s financial market … the storyline is eloquent, right up there with the calibre of the master of the genre, Michael Lewis.”
“This is an enjoyable, fast-paced yet informative book … readers will be absorbed and fascinated by the inner workings of an industry that is essential to all our lives.”
“A truly insightful look into the history of technology and what it could mean for banking’s future”
Small Business Trends
“A timely publication from [an] unquestionably authoritative vantage point … Eloquent, entertaining and accessible.”