Chicago Pits (2018) by Bill Walker (Skywalker) Staggers Readers

“Was it really like that? I can’t believe such large financial transactions are conducted like that,” people keep asking me. They are referring to the daily savagery I write about in Chicago Pits (2018)? My answer-and I was a floor broker for many years– is “Not always. But when the chips were down, all too often it was exactly like that. And that is why they now trade electronically. The customer was the stooge...

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‘Chicago Pits’ Is in the Vein of Wolf of Wall Street and Bonfire of the Vanities

Bill Walker’s new novel, Chicago Pits, is satirical in the vein of The Bonfire of the Vanities or Wolf of Wall Street. One is bound to never view our nation’s financial markets the same again, after reading Walker’s account of the savagery on the trading floor in Chicago. He should know what he is talking about having worked at The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), Chicago Board of Trade (CBT), and London...

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Backpacker Magazine Article Lists Eleven Key Tips for Female Hikers

http://www.backpacker.com/skills/11-key-tips-for-female-thru-hikers/#bp=0/img1 The above is a link to a Backpacker Magazine article listing eleven key tips for female hikers. Well I’m not a female hiker. But I do meet and counsel many aspiring female hikers. And these tips sound spot on. Perhaps my favorite would be the advice to “Be pragmatic, but not wary.” Yes, obviously women have to be a bit more pragmatic on the trail. It...

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Big Morongo Canyon Preserve: a haven for hikers

Big Morongo Canyon Preserve: a haven for hikers Situated in the Little San Bernardino Mountains is a treasure called Big Morongo Canyon. The canyon is high in natural diversity due to it being in the middle of Mojave and Colorado Deserts. Big Morongo Canyon’s desert oasis, which is recognized as one of the most important avian habitats in California by the Audubon Society, is home to Cottonwood and Willow Riparian. The Big Morongo Canyon has...

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Skywalker Appalachian Trail Film Reaches 10,000 Viewers

Skywalker–Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, a popular hiking book by Bill Walker, has been out for ten months in video form and has now reached its 10,000 viewer. This ten minute film done by Catherine O Shorr and edited by Melissa Matisko, touches on the highlights of Walker’s 2005 thru-hike of the 2,180 mile Appalachian Trail, which Walker calls “undoubtedly the best way to see...

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