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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.
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By Tomer on 05-10-16
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.
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
By DV on 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