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Publisher's Summary

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

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Informative, but dry

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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • 05-26-15

Great introduction to Bitcoin

What made the experience of listening to Digital Gold the most enjoyable?

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Informative and a great read

An extremely interesting story about businesses and the monetary system. This book explains in detail (without being boring or confusing) what bitcoin technology is, why it is such a big deal, and who was involved in the creation of this technology.

I knew very little about bitcoin and block chain technology before this book but now I believe I understand it better than most.

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Excellent!

The book is very comprehensive and the story is very interesting. A must read. I like then narrator as well.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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A must for anyone wanting anything to do with Bitcoin

Great book full of information regarding Bitcoin and how it came to be. I personally find the subject fascinating, so I really enjoyed it!

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Well worth the Time

What made the experience of listening to Digital Gold the most enjoyable?

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".

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Bitcoin: beginning to now

If you want to understand what bitcoin is and where it came from- this is your book. Story is kept interesting and well laid out.

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Great history of bitcoin!

This book tells the story of Satoshi Nakamoto starting bitcoin through about 2014 . It's very interesting to hear the stories of how bitcoin grew.

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  • Roger
  • Orlando, Florida United States
  • 12-10-17

Great History

This is a great history of the technology, people, movement, and money. It provides a very good background for people who are interested in Bitcoin.

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  • John
  • Bayville, NJ USA
  • 12-10-17

Great Introduction to Bitcoin

Very detailed and informative history of Bitcoin. Reveals all of the early players and the contributions they made.