How Money Got Free

Bitcoin and the Fight for the Future of Finance

  • Engels
  • 1e druk
  • 9781780746586
  • april 2017
  • Hardcover
  • 496 pagina's
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After ignoring it for the first few years of its existence, major investors?venture-capital firms, Goldman Sachs, the New York Stock Exchange, and billionaires like Richard Branson and Peter Thiel?have now decided to risk more than $1 billion of investment capital on digital-currency businesses. How did an invention that, a few years ago, wasn’t taken seriously by anyone, come to be praised by Bill Gates as "better than currency"?

Bitcoin was founded on a renegade ideology by a bunch of outlaws: cryptographers, hackers, Free Staters, ex-cons and drug dealers, teenage futurists and entrepreneurs, those with a grudge against government and big banks. For some of the early adopters, now millionaires themselves, the world of global finance goes against everything they stand for, and they are not going down without a fight.


A tremendously entertaining story of the technology, ideology, and personalities behind Bitcoin's rise. Highly recommended.' -- Balaji Srinivasan, CEO of and board partner at Andreessen Horowitz Eha pieces together the puzzle of Bitcoin's history in an engaging and accessible narrative... A great choice for anyone interested in technology, finance, politics, or the currency they spend.' * Library Journal * The definitive early history of the cryptocurrency revolution... Everyone has a take, an opinion, but precious few can articulate it in any kind of compelling way. Mr. Eha indeed hangs around early business venture booms and busts just long enough to give Bitcoiners fantastic inside-baseball morsels while helping those new to the anarchic culture feel welcome. How Money Got Free is exactly where it needs to be, here and now. Perfect timing.' * Foundation for Economic Education * [An] entertaining look at a period of financial change that may have lasting implications for finance and the global economy.' * MoneyWeek * The rollicking, delightfully told tale of the creation of one of the most profound new technologies of our time.' -- Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief, Wired If Brian Patrick Eha can make me, a Luddite dunce, both understand and care about the enigmatic Bitcoin, and if he can also tantalize the novelist in me with a narrative of intellectual daring and primal risk...then he is some kind of journalistic magician. And so he is, because he did all those things and more... You'll never find a better guide.' -- Walter Kirn, author of Up in the Air and Blood Will Out The sweeping, exhaustively researched and vividly painted story of a fascinating new form of financial technology, with a cast of characters worthy of a cyberpunk novel and enough drama and heartbreak to capture the imaginations of non-geeks.' -- Marc Hochstein, editor-in-chief, American Banker Fascinating...This book is like a fiber-optic cable extending into our uncertain economic future.' -- David Krakauer, president and William H. Miller Professor of Complex Systems, Santa Fe Institute [A] fast-moving tale of digital currency and its discontents.' * Kirkus *



april 2017
1e druk
23,4 x 15,3 x 3,6 cm
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496 pagina's


Brian Patrick Eha Brian Eha
Oneworld Publications



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