Top critical review
One would expect a lot more than the book delivers!!
Reviewed in India on 26 January 2020
I read the book expecting much more about Jim Simons and the manner in which he spearheaded the mathematical approach to financial markets. The book definitely throws light on various aspects of Simon’s multi-dimensional life. However, I was disappointed with the extreme thrust on financial jargon which doesn’t render the book an easy read and one meant for all readers. People specialising in financial markets though may find it of some help. The discussions sometimes appear to be superficial and are just meant to increase the number of pages than to shed some real light on the subject. Readers would only get a passing reference to the larger contributions of Simons to the society as the same hasn’t been so enthusiastically portrayed by the author, akin to the interest shown by him while discussing the presidential campaign of Donald Trump and the role Bob Mercer and his daughter played in the successful campaign. The book doesn’t stand up to its claim on the cover page and hasn’t done justice to Simons’ life and his achievements and the way Simons became a trailblazer in the financial world. At some points the content is pathetically pedantic and beats around the bush while describing people and events. The endeavour to write this book is nonetheless appreciable on a difficult subject as discussed in the book. I was definitely anticipating a lot more than delivered by the book.