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'Bitcoin is one of the most important innovations of our time – it will transform the way we do business. Dominic Frisby has written a great account. Read it and glimpse into the future' —Sir Richard Branson In 2008, while the world was busy panicking about the global financial crisis, a computer programmer called Satoshi Nakamoto posted a message on an out-of-the-way maili 'Bitcoin is one of the most important innovations of our time – it will transform the way we do business. Dominic Frisby has written a great account. Read it and glimpse into the future' —Sir Richard Branson In 2008, while the world was busy panicking about the global financial crisis, a computer programmer called Satoshi Nakamoto posted a message on an out-of-the-way mailing list. ‘I’ve been working on a new electronic cash system,’ he said. ‘It might make sense to get some just in case it catches on.’ Nobody seemed to care. But what he had programmed would become the world’s most famous alternative currency: Bitcoin. Economists, anarchists, speculators, computer coders, libertarians, criminals and entrepreneurs were inspired across the world. Early adopters would make a return two million times larger than their investment. Now it seems that Bitcoin will do to banking and finance what email did to the postal service and what the internet did to publishing: destroy old monopolies and create opportunities for the masses. Some even suggest that the technology behind Bitcoin will usurp our Western systems of representative democracy. In this gripping book, Dominic Frisby sets out to solve the mystery surrounding the identity of Bitcoin’s secretive creator, Satoshi Nakamoto. He shows how Bitcoin will change the world. And, perhaps most importantly of all, he does something nobody else has hitherto been able to do: he explains in layman’s language exactly how it works. 'The book’s outstanding, but the story it tells is even better.’ —Matt Ridley, The Times ‘In this highly readable yet technically accomplished book, Dominic Frisby makes crypto currencies crystal clear. Read it, or fail to understand possibly the most important financial innovation of our time.' —Liam Halligan, Sunday Telegraph 'Despite having an MSc in Computer Science and spending over ten years studying monetary theory, I ignored Bitcoin as hype for too long. You shouldn’t. Read Dominic’s thrilling book and discover the next big thing.’ —Steve Baker, MP


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'Bitcoin is one of the most important innovations of our time – it will transform the way we do business. Dominic Frisby has written a great account. Read it and glimpse into the future' —Sir Richard Branson In 2008, while the world was busy panicking about the global financial crisis, a computer programmer called Satoshi Nakamoto posted a message on an out-of-the-way maili 'Bitcoin is one of the most important innovations of our time – it will transform the way we do business. Dominic Frisby has written a great account. Read it and glimpse into the future' —Sir Richard Branson In 2008, while the world was busy panicking about the global financial crisis, a computer programmer called Satoshi Nakamoto posted a message on an out-of-the-way mailing list. ‘I’ve been working on a new electronic cash system,’ he said. ‘It might make sense to get some just in case it catches on.’ Nobody seemed to care. But what he had programmed would become the world’s most famous alternative currency: Bitcoin. Economists, anarchists, speculators, computer coders, libertarians, criminals and entrepreneurs were inspired across the world. Early adopters would make a return two million times larger than their investment. Now it seems that Bitcoin will do to banking and finance what email did to the postal service and what the internet did to publishing: destroy old monopolies and create opportunities for the masses. Some even suggest that the technology behind Bitcoin will usurp our Western systems of representative democracy. In this gripping book, Dominic Frisby sets out to solve the mystery surrounding the identity of Bitcoin’s secretive creator, Satoshi Nakamoto. He shows how Bitcoin will change the world. And, perhaps most importantly of all, he does something nobody else has hitherto been able to do: he explains in layman’s language exactly how it works. 'The book’s outstanding, but the story it tells is even better.’ —Matt Ridley, The Times ‘In this highly readable yet technically accomplished book, Dominic Frisby makes crypto currencies crystal clear. Read it, or fail to understand possibly the most important financial innovation of our time.' —Liam Halligan, Sunday Telegraph 'Despite having an MSc in Computer Science and spending over ten years studying monetary theory, I ignored Bitcoin as hype for too long. You shouldn’t. Read Dominic’s thrilling book and discover the next big thing.’ —Steve Baker, MP

30 review for Bitcoin: the Future of Money?

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Excellent! Couldn't put it down. I enjoyed Life After the State as it reinforced much of what I'd come across in the writings of the Christian Reconstruction movement, the FEE and various libertarians basically that modern government is a scam and there is no need and actually it is dangerous to have big government encroach on every area of life. The more British oriented analysis really brought the message home as I was able to ask my dad about his early memories of Friendly Societies and other Excellent! Couldn't put it down. I enjoyed Life After the State as it reinforced much of what I'd come across in the writings of the Christian Reconstruction movement, the FEE and various libertarians basically that modern government is a scam and there is no need and actually it is dangerous to have big government encroach on every area of life. The more British oriented analysis really brought the message home as I was able to ask my dad about his early memories of Friendly Societies and other groups that looked after the poor. As a working class family in Dagenham pre World War II and his father with long term health issues they did not starve, they could afford a doctor and my dad went to school. Bitcoin looks to the future and how to unhook money from government. If government can't make money or it's fiat money competes fairly with any competing currency government couldn't inflate the money supply to fight the huge, prolonged wars of the 20th century. Bitcoin may or may not survive. That is debated at the end of the book. It may be just a beginning and there are many alternative crypto currencies out there. The issue is that blockchain technology now enables people anywhere to transfer money with almost no cost with no need to trust a third party [banks etc]. Looking further ahead block chain technology will allow any two persons two exchange any digital information securely with no trust in a third party. Here comes secure and truly peer to peer social networks and every time of online service. Get ready for change.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mehrsa

    I am a glutton for punishment I guess. I have decided to read every bitcoin book out there. This one is pretty awful. Hey, Bitcoin is the enemy of the state--but also, it's going to be revolutionary and the reason we know is that the central bank might accept it one day! pick a lane. I am a glutton for punishment I guess. I have decided to read every bitcoin book out there. This one is pretty awful. Hey, Bitcoin is the enemy of the state--but also, it's going to be revolutionary and the reason we know is that the central bank might accept it one day! pick a lane.

  3. 5 out of 5

    John

    Probably more 3.5 to be fair. Marked down mainly because: 1) I'd have liked more on the technical workings of Bitcoin - this was covered very briefly in the first chapter. 2) The chapter speculating on the identity of Bitcoin's creator was of limited interested and I felt dragged a little. Otherwise an interesting read. Probably more 3.5 to be fair. Marked down mainly because: 1) I'd have liked more on the technical workings of Bitcoin - this was covered very briefly in the first chapter. 2) The chapter speculating on the identity of Bitcoin's creator was of limited interested and I felt dragged a little. Otherwise an interesting read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Owlseyes

    Now booming at $2,100. -When, busting? Beware: https://cryptocity.wordpress.com/2015... Now booming at $2,100. -When, busting? Beware: https://cryptocity.wordpress.com/2015...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dougal

    I found this book very disappointing. Two out of the four glowing reviews in the 'product description' are not for this book, but for Dominic Frisby's seemingly better received book: Life After the State. If you want a rather rambling journey through the characters involved in starting up cryptocurrencies, including a somewhat lengthy discourse on who the creater of Bitcoin was (or is!), then the book might be of some interest. If you really care who Satoshi Nakomoto is, and there is a complete a I found this book very disappointing. Two out of the four glowing reviews in the 'product description' are not for this book, but for Dominic Frisby's seemingly better received book: Life After the State. If you want a rather rambling journey through the characters involved in starting up cryptocurrencies, including a somewhat lengthy discourse on who the creater of Bitcoin was (or is!), then the book might be of some interest. If you really care who Satoshi Nakomoto is, and there is a complete appendix devoted to the issue, then there will probably be something of interest (it clearly became a bit of an obsession for Dominic Frisby). However, if you are interested in Bitcoin, the currency itself, and for learning about what it is and how it works then this is not the book for you. If you are just happy to learn that Bitcoin is outside state control and somehow relies on a block chain to ensure security and uses complicated puzzles to mine new bitcoins, then fine; if it's just the personalities that interest you, you'll probably enjoy this book. If you instead want some decent explanation of how Bitcoin actually works, how a block chain works in practice, how new bitcoins are actually mined, how security is guaranteed in practice, etc etc so you can actually start to understand cryptocurrences and take an informed view on their future, then look elsewhere. Dominic Frisby does write about the future of currencies and cryptocurrencies, but without the bedrock of being able to understand the mechanism of how cryptocurrencies actually work, one can't appreciate whether his predictions and observations have any sort of grounding in reality. It is pretty clear that Dominic Frisby doesn't actually know much about the mechanics of Bitcoin. If he wanted to concentrate on personalities, he could have relegated some of the currency details to an appendix or appendices which just aren't there. Instead, in chapter one, we are told that bitcoins are mined by finding "the answer to a complex mathematical puzzle" along with many other simplified explanations that end up actually explaining nothing. In the acknowledgments, Dominic Frisby mentions that "the world of computer programming and cryptography was new to me six months ago..." and it shows. At the end of chapter one we are told "Well Done. You've just finished the hardest chapter in the book." Well, I would suggest that most people don't like being patronised. The patronising is all the worse because complicated detail just isn't there! I know no more about cryptocurrencies than I did when I started the book, and that was very little indeed. I wasn't looking for a mathematical textbook on cryptography and cryptocurrencies, but I was really hoping for a book that would actually explain how Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies actually exist and work in practice. If you are hoping for the same, look elsewhere.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Goktug Yilmaz

    Notes: -Early adopters of new technologies are rewarded generously, specifically in fintech. -A deflationary system of money means savers are rewarded rather than debtors – a paradigm shift in the way things work. -A society that transparently taxes consumption rather than production means labour is rewarded rather than penalized. -Cryptocurrencies enable paid content & micropayments at scale that hasn't been possible before -Government and banks are screwing us over 10x more than we know. -No one sh Notes: -Early adopters of new technologies are rewarded generously, specifically in fintech. -A deflationary system of money means savers are rewarded rather than debtors – a paradigm shift in the way things work. -A society that transparently taxes consumption rather than production means labour is rewarded rather than penalized. -Cryptocurrencies enable paid content & micropayments at scale that hasn't been possible before -Government and banks are screwing us over 10x more than we know. -No one should have control over anyone elses currency. -Decreasing high centralized power structures is valuable. -People either think it’s a scam or simply don’t care. Many would change their minds if they bothered to study it. I’m yet to meet an informed bear. -Buy Bitcoin and Altcoins

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bogdan Florin

    Dominic is a good writer, the research is deep, the reading is easy. This book is practically elementary information about the topic, however an excellent start for the beginners. It reads like a thriller. In the manuscript you will learn about the evolution of bitcoin, about its initial developers, the genius behind Satoshi, concrete applications of the cryptocurrency, besides the potential economic, political and social implications. Read it! You will know more about something that is growing ev Dominic is a good writer, the research is deep, the reading is easy. This book is practically elementary information about the topic, however an excellent start for the beginners. It reads like a thriller. In the manuscript you will learn about the evolution of bitcoin, about its initial developers, the genius behind Satoshi, concrete applications of the cryptocurrency, besides the potential economic, political and social implications. Read it! You will know more about something that is growing everyday with a huge force.

  8. 5 out of 5

    David Corvine

    Although some of the technology is beyond me - I still don't know what a block chain is - I understand the political ramifications of money with government or borders. Many detractors of the anarchist philosophy question what the end product will look like. But anarchism is a process not a finality. It starts with the individual refusing to accept the right of centralized authority to control their lives. How an "Anarchist Utopia" will function at some point in the future is irrelevant. It seems Although some of the technology is beyond me - I still don't know what a block chain is - I understand the political ramifications of money with government or borders. Many detractors of the anarchist philosophy question what the end product will look like. But anarchism is a process not a finality. It starts with the individual refusing to accept the right of centralized authority to control their lives. How an "Anarchist Utopia" will function at some point in the future is irrelevant. It seems to me that crypto-currencies will play a significant role in the process of decentralizing power. Well written and largely comprehensible to the lay person. Only minus point was the overly detailed and fruitless speculation as to the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto...it's an anagram of "Ask not, I'm a hoot" this throws as much light as the pages of who he isn't.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Samyuktha jayaprakash

    I love how i learn from books. Dominic Frisby has written a very readable book on economcs technology and finance which has elements of mystery too. If you are a layperson (like me) who wants to know what Bitcoin is all about this book is perfect for u. It takes you on a fun ride , makes u aware of concepts. Heck u even learn stylometrics at one point :P The author's views were lucidly present on an anarchic system. I felt the bad effects were glossed over a bit. Trafficking is a big problem and I love how i learn from books. Dominic Frisby has written a very readable book on economcs technology and finance which has elements of mystery too. If you are a layperson (like me) who wants to know what Bitcoin is all about this book is perfect for u. It takes you on a fun ride , makes u aware of concepts. Heck u even learn stylometrics at one point :P The author's views were lucidly present on an anarchic system. I felt the bad effects were glossed over a bit. Trafficking is a big problem and if Bitcoin facilitates that we have a big problem. How can he be so intent on removing the power of welfare state without having a proper replacement in place? But these are my concerns with his ideology and not his book and I really enjoyed exposing myself to a completely different point of view.

  10. 5 out of 5

    John Threadgill

    Generally an OK intro to Bitcoin. Details where it came from and who it was developed by. No detail about how the blockchain works. A lot about who Satoshi Nakamoto (the person credited with inventing Bitcoin) could be. A little dated now. It's 5 years old! Overall it seems fairly accurate. Frisby is no computer expert tho'. Some development details are just wrong. He thinks GNU is an operating system!? .. I think he means GNU/Linux. I always thought of GNU as being the FSF project of free softwar Generally an OK intro to Bitcoin. Details where it came from and who it was developed by. No detail about how the blockchain works. A lot about who Satoshi Nakamoto (the person credited with inventing Bitcoin) could be. A little dated now. It's 5 years old! Overall it seems fairly accurate. Frisby is no computer expert tho'. Some development details are just wrong. He thinks GNU is an operating system!? .. I think he means GNU/Linux. I always thought of GNU as being the FSF project of free software. Easy read but I wished it wasn't so old and I wished it had a bit more technical detail on how it worked rather than the helicopter view from an economist.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ian Williams

    Wonderfull introduction to this brave new world of cryptocurrencies. Very reader friendly and gives a brief but imformative history in the creation of bitcoin. Gives tips on how to obtain bitcoins and how the blockchain technology will change the world.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Filip Miłoszewski

    Excellent, light-weight introduction to bitcoin - concise, entertaining, explaining complicated subjects in plan English. I just wished that the author got a bit more technical on how blockchain works, just as he did while investigating Satoshi Nakamoto's identity. Excellent, light-weight introduction to bitcoin - concise, entertaining, explaining complicated subjects in plan English. I just wished that the author got a bit more technical on how blockchain works, just as he did while investigating Satoshi Nakamoto's identity.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bryan

    really good stuff in here

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marc Bchnr

    (3.5) Certainly an interesting book that does well in highlighting the immense potential that lies within bitcoin and block chain. It illustrates quite intuitively what change could be achieved by the underlying technology of block chain. However, it seems Frisby is a bit blinded by his (understandable) admiration for bitcoin and block chain. So much so that there is a severe lack of critical thought in the book to an extent which is rather surprising if not disturbing. As an example, it is menti (3.5) Certainly an interesting book that does well in highlighting the immense potential that lies within bitcoin and block chain. It illustrates quite intuitively what change could be achieved by the underlying technology of block chain. However, it seems Frisby is a bit blinded by his (understandable) admiration for bitcoin and block chain. So much so that there is a severe lack of critical thought in the book to an extent which is rather surprising if not disturbing. As an example, it is mentioned multiple times throughout the book that the anonymity of block chain could also open doors for money laundering or funding of terrorist activities. Nevertheless, it is at no point elaborated specifically in the book how these dangers affect a practical implementation of bitcoin in the mainstream. Whatever your view on bitcoin, I feel a book about it with 220+ pages deserves at least a couple of paragraphs outlining the dangers of the technology and its consequences instead on treating such fairly grave dangers as afterthought. This unfortunately gives the reader the impression of not having the complete picture about the topic because the book simply glosses over flaws of the technology or ignores them entirely. Further, if you do not agree with libertarian views, you might struggle to enjoy this book since plenty of arguments seem to bank on a libertarian school of thought. It is still a very enjoyable book which serves as quite a capturing introduction to the topic of you are interested to learn more about this very prominent technology.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Adam

    The book is pretty non-technical after the first few chapters - where you learn about the basics behind cryptocurrency* - and should serve as a good introduction, especially to people who prefer a more narrative approach. One thing that concerns me is that for an innovation that is supposed to correct many issues we have with non-crypto, centralised currencies, such as governments being able to wantonly devalue the currency or confiscate your funds from a bank, the fact that half of all bitcoin The book is pretty non-technical after the first few chapters - where you learn about the basics behind cryptocurrency* - and should serve as a good introduction, especially to people who prefer a more narrative approach. One thing that concerns me is that for an innovation that is supposed to correct many issues we have with non-crypto, centralised currencies, such as governments being able to wantonly devalue the currency or confiscate your funds from a bank, the fact that half of all bitcoin is in the hands of about 50 people isn't encouraging. Hopefully quite so stark a concentration of wealth is overcome with other cryptocurrencies. *The author states early on that the “bitcoin” in the title should be “cryptocurrency”, but he went with the former because it's more instantly recognisable to the public. Like almost all crypto books bitcoin is understandably the case study.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kate Priest

    I read this book and Blockchain Revolution because I wanted to understand a bit more about Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, and shared ledger technology. Both only gave about a chapter of information on those topics, with the remaining pages enthusing a radically unconvincing libertarian utopia. Nothing indicates that Bitcoin or Ethereum threaten the existence of banks. On the contrary, the kind of neurotic schisming that occurs in a free market has made both currencies extremely volatile (although not I read this book and Blockchain Revolution because I wanted to understand a bit more about Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, and shared ledger technology. Both only gave about a chapter of information on those topics, with the remaining pages enthusing a radically unconvincing libertarian utopia. Nothing indicates that Bitcoin or Ethereum threaten the existence of banks. On the contrary, the kind of neurotic schisming that occurs in a free market has made both currencies extremely volatile (although not that much more than usual really), with rival currencies likely to pop up as blockchain traffic increases. Seems less like revolutionary technology and more the ephemera of bored venture capitalists during a time of low interest rates

  17. 4 out of 5

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  18. 5 out of 5

    Cullen Haynes

    In January 2009, an unknown named Satoshi Nakamoto, released the first bitcoin software and blockchain database to the unassuming world; Bitcoin Version 0.1 was born. Since that time, Bitcoin has been heralded and repudiated in the public arena for the same intrinsic reasons; it's unregulated, open-source and finite in number - only 21 million exist. Frisby's book goes into great detail about Bitcoin's inception, it's place in the modern age, and where he sees cryptocurrency going. Many financier In January 2009, an unknown named Satoshi Nakamoto, released the first bitcoin software and blockchain database to the unassuming world; Bitcoin Version 0.1 was born. Since that time, Bitcoin has been heralded and repudiated in the public arena for the same intrinsic reasons; it's unregulated, open-source and finite in number - only 21 million exist. Frisby's book goes into great detail about Bitcoin's inception, it's place in the modern age, and where he sees cryptocurrency going. Many financiers and skeptics say Bitcoin has no future and is virtually worthless; however if Nakamoto's 1 Million Bitcoin wallet is anything to go by; $2.7 Billion is a whole lot of worthless...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Really enjoyed this book on an emerging technology that I am finding very interesting to explore. The author does a good job of trying to explain what cryptocurrency is about and he also introduces economic history and principals to the layman without being boring. I found myself wanting to continually get back to the book to learn more. But four stars as the chapter speculating who the creater of Bitcoin is went on a bit too much. I suspect the author had put the most amount of time and research Really enjoyed this book on an emerging technology that I am finding very interesting to explore. The author does a good job of trying to explain what cryptocurrency is about and he also introduces economic history and principals to the layman without being boring. I found myself wanting to continually get back to the book to learn more. But four stars as the chapter speculating who the creater of Bitcoin is went on a bit too much. I suspect the author had put the most amount of time and research into this part and couldn't bear to omit any of it. Also probably a little bit outdated now due to the speed of development with this new technology.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Isaac O'Connell

    This book was surprisingly thorough but managed to keep a good pace. The cover my lead some to think that it's just another chewing gum book trying to jump on the Bitcoin hype train, but never judge a book by its cover. As a cryptocurrency enthusiast myself I was still surprised at some of the things revealed in this book, such as the possible identity of the Bitcoin creator( Satoshi Nakamoto) and the hidden online communities where some of the most revolutionary ideas are being discussed. It wa This book was surprisingly thorough but managed to keep a good pace. The cover my lead some to think that it's just another chewing gum book trying to jump on the Bitcoin hype train, but never judge a book by its cover. As a cryptocurrency enthusiast myself I was still surprised at some of the things revealed in this book, such as the possible identity of the Bitcoin creator( Satoshi Nakamoto) and the hidden online communities where some of the most revolutionary ideas are being discussed. It was easy to understand, but not annoyingly so. I would recommend this book be read by everyone. It really is a great read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Waseem

    It started well with an interesting discussion about the beginnings of bitcoin and its defining events on its journey thus far... ...but quickly became less and less interesting when the author went on an EXTENSIVE discussion about the real possible identity of the bitcoin creator? ... why?! ...jeez shut up about it already - it was enough to make the last part of this book extremely boring and hard to complete making me switch off no matter how interesting the rare bit of useful info was covered It started well with an interesting discussion about the beginnings of bitcoin and its defining events on its journey thus far... ...but quickly became less and less interesting when the author went on an EXTENSIVE discussion about the real possible identity of the bitcoin creator? ... why?! ...jeez shut up about it already - it was enough to make the last part of this book extremely boring and hard to complete making me switch off no matter how interesting the rare bit of useful info was covered! To Our Continued Success! Waseem Mirza http://www.WaseemMirza.net

  22. 5 out of 5

    Maria Vittoria

    Very nice read. Do not expect the book to go over the technical aspects of bitcoin - it rather explores the social and economic implications of the phenomenon. Still, it explains in a very linear and clear way the history and the nature of the most famous cryptocurrency. Also, the book is from 2014 so you would probably enjoy it more if you’re informed about the developments of the last few years. To conclude, I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get started with bitcoin. If you’re alread Very nice read. Do not expect the book to go over the technical aspects of bitcoin - it rather explores the social and economic implications of the phenomenon. Still, it explains in a very linear and clear way the history and the nature of the most famous cryptocurrency. Also, the book is from 2014 so you would probably enjoy it more if you’re informed about the developments of the last few years. To conclude, I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get started with bitcoin. If you’re already familiar with the topic though, look for some other book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Eimantas

    Great storytelling! It was a pleasant surprise as I expected nothing and devoured it in no time. Bitcoin and DLT technologies will gradually impact everything from money, marketing, media, music, organizations, and many other things we can't even conceive yet. Though it is not a panacea, it is the most significant structural P2P revolution of our times. What a time to be alive! This book goes behind the technology and presents well-founded ideas on who is Satoshi Nakamoto, behind-the-scenes of th Great storytelling! It was a pleasant surprise as I expected nothing and devoured it in no time. Bitcoin and DLT technologies will gradually impact everything from money, marketing, media, music, organizations, and many other things we can't even conceive yet. Though it is not a panacea, it is the most significant structural P2P revolution of our times. What a time to be alive! This book goes behind the technology and presents well-founded ideas on who is Satoshi Nakamoto, behind-the-scenes of the crypto space, and the underlying ideology behind the tech. On the other hand, it is slightly outdated, hence the 4 stars. Looking forward to the updated version!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Neil O'Brien

    A very good introduction This book is a great entry point for those who know little or nothing about Bitcoin. The author takes you on a well researched journey from how Bitcoin was born to speculating on its role in the future, explaining how it works in a style that almost anyone can understand. The real life sub plots to the Bitcoin story are truly amazing and I couldn't put this book down. A very good introduction This book is a great entry point for those who know little or nothing about Bitcoin. The author takes you on a well researched journey from how Bitcoin was born to speculating on its role in the future, explaining how it works in a style that almost anyone can understand. The real life sub plots to the Bitcoin story are truly amazing and I couldn't put this book down.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Filipe Araujo

    I liked this book, but not as much as "Life After The State | why we don't need government". I expected this book to delve into the topic of money, which the author approached magnificently in the "Life After the State", but it really didn't, at least not that much, taking many pages in the pursuit of Satoshi Nakamoto. Nevertheless, it was worthwhile reading, because this investigation tells us a lot about the profile of Nakamoto. I liked this book, but not as much as "Life After The State | why we don't need government". I expected this book to delve into the topic of money, which the author approached magnificently in the "Life After the State", but it really didn't, at least not that much, taking many pages in the pursuit of Satoshi Nakamoto. Nevertheless, it was worthwhile reading, because this investigation tells us a lot about the profile of Nakamoto.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dide

    3.8 star ratings If you are looking for a non-tech introduction to bitcoin, this is the book to pick. This was written pretty good, investigative and clear. That said this book is worded more than a newspaper or magazine article so be prepared. I am sure a number of readers may skip pages especially those centered on finding the bitcoin creator...whilst i enjoyed this, I know for anyone looking for quick information summary, these parts of the book just serve as entertaining fillers.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Libby Andrews

    This book is a real and credible eye opener. I decided to read it because Bitcoins value had risen to that of gold and I wanted to understand what all the fuss was about. The air of mystery around Bitcoins creator adds to the enjoyment. I would have liked to learn more about the best walkets and where to trade, however I have learnt enough to know that cryptocurrencies are the future of mobey

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andrew McGee

    This started out as a really great beginners guide to explaining bitcoin and how it could change the world. Somewhere in the middle this thing took a nosedive. Half the book was the author explaining his exhaustive detective work in his search for Satoshi Nakamoto. This did nothing to further explain or answer the title question, "bitcoin: the future of money?" In short, this could have been half as long and twice as good. This started out as a really great beginners guide to explaining bitcoin and how it could change the world. Somewhere in the middle this thing took a nosedive. Half the book was the author explaining his exhaustive detective work in his search for Satoshi Nakamoto. This did nothing to further explain or answer the title question, "bitcoin: the future of money?" In short, this could have been half as long and twice as good.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Oleksandr

    Bitcoin Great book on bitcoin. How it started? Why it here and if it will be the future money. I bought this book to understand what it is and if it worth the investment. I'm learning all investment classes slowly and might investment my money into bitcoin. I do see the potential of it in the future. Great book! Bitcoin Great book on bitcoin. How it started? Why it here and if it will be the future money. I bought this book to understand what it is and if it worth the investment. I'm learning all investment classes slowly and might investment my money into bitcoin. I do see the potential of it in the future. Great book!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jean-Luc Habiyambere

    Good intro to cryptocurrency for anyone who is new to it. The structure did not always make sense and a too large part is dedicated to dismantling Satoshi Nakamoto without any result. Some good tips on where to start and which steps to take if you’d like to get into it are pretty valuable in this book.

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