A New York Times technology and business reporter charts the dramatic rise of Bitcoin and the fascinating personalities who are striving to create a new global money for the Internet age.
Digital Gold is New York Times reporter Nathaniel Popper's brilliant and engrossing history of Bitcoin, the landmark digital money and financial technology that has spawned a global social movement.
The notion of a new currency, maintained by the computers of users around the world, has been the butt of many jokes, but that has not stopped it from growing into a technology worth billions of dollars, supported by the hordes of followers who have come to view it as the most important new idea since the creation of the Internet. Believers from Beijing to Buenos Aires see the potential for a financial system free from banks and governments. More than just a tech industry fad, Bitcoin has threatened to decentralize some of society's most basic institutions.
An unusual tale of group invention, Digital Gold charts the rise of the Bitcoin technology through the eyes of the movement's colorful central characters, including a British anarchist, an Argentinian millionaire, a Chinese entrepreneur, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, and Bitcoin's elusive creator, Satoshi Nakamoto. Already Bitcoin has led to untold riches for some and prison terms for others.
©2015 Nathaniel Popper (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
Great book full of information regarding Bitcoin and how it came to be. I personally find the subject fascinating, so I really enjoyed it!
An amazing overview of the people involved in this "experiment". I offers some technical insight into the Bitcoin and Blockchain technology but not too much for a lamen. I really enjoyed the narration and the contents of the book. I would highly recommend to an avid enthusiast or someone just wanting to get more information about the "Bitcoin Story".
Digital Good provides a clear and engaging history of bitcoin, and Nathaniel Popper does an excellent job of distilling the theoretical advantages and drawbacks of bitcoin as a currency. Highly recommended.
As someone who knew nothing of bitcoin, I found the information presented in this book extremely intriguing! I learned tons about the concept of money and of course Bitcoin.
However, the manner in which this narrative is craft combined with the monotone of the narrator's voice made the delivery of this content sub-par at best. I listened to 8 hours of this tale and couldn't bare to listen to that last 2 hours due to these facts.
If you are a bitcoin enthusiast or interested in investing in this commity I would recommend this book. Perhaps get the hardcover version, but nonetheless, give this book a try. If you don't fall into these above two categories; I would recommend pursing a different listen.
I was looking for a solid introduction to Bitcoin and found what I was looking for in this audio book. Technical enough to provide a working understanding, but not at a programmer level. The story introduces you to the inventor, players and shapers of this technology/crypto currency. Knowing the stories provides understanding of the strengths and risks associated with Bitcoin, which are many! It is entertaining and as interesting as a glimpse into our shared future would be.
Is Bitcoin a liberated digital money for a world citizen or a government dodging tool for the criminal class? The answer to this depends on who's asking the question. One thing is for certain. This is as much of a game changer as the Internet was. Enjoy!
A must read/listen for anyone intrigued by Bitcoins. Author has done a great job connecting multiple different yet related stories on how Bitcoin has evolved.
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