I found My Life as a Quant to be tedious and not worth the time I wasted to finish it. The first 80% of the book reads like a yearbook, followed by a frantic chunk where Derman starts describing some options pricing theory in the end, out of nowhere. The writing is not engaging, the stories and anecdotes are tedious, and he’s done a good job of making what sounds at the surface to be an interesting life into a couple hundred pages of sheer boredom. 3/10.
Oh, one interesting anecdote. At one point Fischer Black is talking about how there’s no point in using a chart when a data table will suffice, appreciating the lack of data visualization resolution in the pixel. Bravo, before his time.