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Publisher's Summary

The End of Money is an essential introduction to cryptocurrencies and the blockchain revolution, which has been hailed as the greatest advancement since the invention of the Internet.
Murder for hire. Drug trafficking. Embezzlement. Money laundering. These might sound like plot lines of a thriller, but they are true stories from the short history of cryptocurrencies - digital currencies conceived by computer hackers and cryptographers that represent a completely new sort of financial transaction that could soon become mainstream.
The most famous - or infamous - cryptocurrency is bitcoin. But look beyond its tarnished reputation and something much shinier emerges. The technology that underlies bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies - the blockchain - is hailed as the greatest advancement since the invention of the Internet. It is now moving away from being the backbone for a digital currency and making inroads into other core concepts of society: identity, ownership and even the rule of law.
The End of Money is your essential introduction to this transformative new technology that has governments, entrepreneurs and forward-thinking people from all walks of life sitting up and taking notice.
New Scientist Instant Expert books are definitive and accessible entry points to the most important subjects in science - subjects that challenge, attract debate, invite controversy and engage the most enquiring minds. Designed for curious listeners who want to know how things work and why, the Instant Expert series explores the topics that really matter and their impact on individuals, society and the planet, translating the scientific complexities around us into language that's open to everyone and putting new ideas and discoveries into perspective and context.
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By Anonymous User on 07-16-17

Very interesting

Very good book that tells both sides of the story of bitcoin. It had me realize the value of studying further with its core blockchain

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By Amadeus Hellequin on 11-02-17

Good book for beginners

Unfortunately most of this information is rather basic & freely available elsewhere. I was hoping I'd learn a lot more. If you're new to Cryptocurrencies then this book does have plenty to offer. There's an excellent account of the history of Bitcoin & the rise & fall & rise of digital currency. I felt that the book catered toward the beginner & sadly I learned nothing from it.

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By Paul Tansey on 10-30-17

Informative, well written and educational

A great way to go from zero if not to hero, then at least to informed. Authoritative, balanced and well written, this is a really good first book on the subject for the curious.

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By cascudo on 11-01-17

duh! Now I get it.

This book presented the history of bitcoin and crypto currencies in a way that was easy to consume and get my head around it. The narrator and writer added a bit of flair to it and kept the stories interesting and informative.
A must for anyone slightly interested in crypto coins specially if you can't tell a Blockchain from a Satoshi.


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By Kindle Customer on 10-07-17

Good introduction to Bitcoin

The book goes over the history of Bitcoin as well as some of the fundamental drivers of bitcoin and what makes it work. It explains the risks and rewards involved, how mining works to secure the network, why the transaction speeds are so much faster than fiat currency as well and being so much more secure via the blockchain and cryptography. It's a good book on the subject for sure.

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