New Book by Ex-Broker Shows Savagery of Floor Trading in Chicago Pits

Bill Walker, author of the popular Skywalker hiking series, has completed a comprehensive novel on the Chicago commodities business. It is believed to be the only such work of fiction to incorporate extensive trading scenes. The book is titled Chicago Pits and follows the story of Chris Parker, a lanky Alabaman who arrives in Chicago hoping to pile up massive wealth, only to be met with fierce resistance from the powers-that-be. This includes...

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Appalachian Trail Sees Record Number of Thru-Hikers

I just returned from doing a three-week section on the famed Appalachian Trail. The news is all good. The trail is well maintained and blazed, as well as teeming with hikers. According to ATC (Appalachian Trail Conservancy) figures, the number of thru-hikers for the Class of 2018 may reach 4,000–the most ever, and double the number of my Class of 20005. Interestingly, the number of foreigners has surged with Germans (always game travelers)...

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Free Amazon Kindle ‘Chicago Pits’ (2018) Saturday February 24th only

Bill Walker, author of the popular Skywalker hiking series, is offering a free upload on Amazon Kindle, Saturday, Feb. 24th of Chicago Pits (2018). It is the first comprehensive novel of the Chicago commodity futures and options business, which was the largest industry in Chicago.   Walker previously wrote Skywalker–Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail and Skywalker–Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest...

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Free Kindle Upload of ‘Chicago Pits’ by Bill Walker on Saturday, February 24th.

Bill Walker, author of the popular Skywalker hiking books, will be offering a free upload on Amazon Kindle and other handheld devices of his new novel, Chicago Pits. Walker was a futures broker on the trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade and London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE) before he embarked on his long-distance hiking career.  

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‘Chicago Pits’ is first comprehensive novel on Chicago futures and options business

tinyurl.com/ycesd7tw  #ChicagoPits Chicago Pits (2018) is the first comprehensive novel on the famed–and infamous–Chicago commodities business. Growing up, I periodically saw pictures of people packed in on a trading floor yelling and screaming and waving their hands as they traded corn, wheat, cattle, etc. Personally, I traded U.S. Treasury Bond Futures at the Chicago Board of Trade and German Bund Futures at the London...

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