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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Interest in financial books because 54% of Americans exposed to stock market

Financial professionals like to act like the average American is financially illiterate. While they might not be experts, people are increasingly aware of the stock market. Between 401(k) plans, retirement plans, profit-sharing, etc., along with speculators, over half of Americans have exposure to the stock market. The Bonfire of the Vanities was perhaps the most renowned book of the 1980’s; it told a tawdry tale of corruption on Wall...

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Skywalker’s ‘Chicago Pits’ Novel Begins Selling Paperbacks and Kindle e-books

Bill Walker, author of the Skywalker hiking series, including Skywalker–Close Encounters on the Appaalachian Trail and Skywalker–Highs and Lows on the Pacific Crest Trail, has published his first novel. It is called, Chicago Pits (2018), and draws on his experiences as a commodities broker in the huge Treasury Bond Pit at the Chicago Board of Trade. Readers will be shocked at the savagery in the midst of the world’s largest...

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Chicago Pits floor trading was capitalism at its most feral

I traded at the world’s three largest futures exchanges: Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, London International Financial Futures Exchange. There was a premium on one human quality: aggression.   Now, that futures and options are traded electronically, the premium is on brains and human analysis.   Bill Walker is author of the Skywalker hiking books. His most recent book is a novel about the Chicago futures...

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