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Publisher's Summary

Bitcoin became a buzzword overnight. A cyber enigma with an enthusiastic following, it pops up in headlines and fuels endless media debate. You can apparently use it to buy anything from coffee to cars, yet few people seem truly to understand what it is. This raises the question: Why should anyone care about bitcoin?
In The Age of Cryptocurrency, Wall Street journalists Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey deliver the definitive answer to this question. Cyber money is poised to launch a revolution, one that could reinvent traditional financial and social structures while bringing the world's billions of "unbanked" individuals into a new global economy. Cryptocurrency holds the promise of a financial system without a middleman, one owned by the people who use it and one safeguarded from the devastation of a 2008-type crash.
But bitcoin, the most famous of the cyber monies, carries a reputation for instability, wild fluctuation, and illicit business; some fear it has the power to eliminate jobs and to upend the concept of a nation-state. It implies, above all, monumental and wide-reaching change--for better and for worse. But it is here to stay, and you ignore it at your peril.
Vigna and Casey demystify cryptocurrency--its origins, its function, and what you need to know to navigate a cyber economy. The digital currency world will look very different from the paper currency world; The Age of Cryptocurrency will teach you how to be ready.
©2015 Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey (P)2015 Gildan Media LLC
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Critic Reviews

" The Age of Cryptocurrency not only demystifies and explains bitcoin, but also shows where it fits into the cultural zeitgeist and where it's pointed, and what that may mean for our financial system." (John Mauldin, New York Times best-selling author of Endgame)
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By douglasuke on 05-05-15

Mind expanding read

I initially approached this book as a relative sceptic with respect of Bitcoin. This book radically altered my perspective on a very important topic for all of us. I would highly recommend this book as an introduction to Bitcoin and more importantly, currency and crypto currency's. Read it to understand what you don't understand. Read it to help you radically expand your perspective.

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By Larry V. on 04-13-15

absolutely fascinating, yet scary and exciting,

I learned a tremendous amount about Bitcoin, but more importantly about digital currency the blockchain and technologies that will change the way we do commerce.

At first glance you might think this book would be boring but it's fascinating definitely a must read for any serious person today

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