Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money by Nathaniel Popper

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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 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.

Title : Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money
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ISBN : 0062362496
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 416 pages


Gwern rated it ★★★★☆

March 16, 2017

Popper delivers a whirlwind tour of almost all dramatis personae in the rise of Bitcoin over the past 5 years. He seems to have gotten access to and interviewed everyone, from the early coders to especially all the late-entering business and entrepreneur types and the incestuous Silicon Valley VC...

BlackOxford rated it ★★★★☆

February 07, 2017

Hacking the Central Banks If there is only time to read one book about Bitcoin, this should be the one. Bitcoin is not just a practical technology, it is also a philosophy and an economic ideology. Popper gives a reasonable nod to all three (Arguably it is the last which has proven essential in it...

Mal rated it ★★★★☆

April 06, 2017

If you’ve ever thought much about money, you may have wondered what gives it its value, especially if you’re aware that Richard Nixon took the dollar off the Gold Standard more than forty years ago. And if you’re at all involved in the world of finance and investment, you know perfectly well that...

Atila rated it ★★★★☆

August 15, 2017

Uma ótima introdução à história da bitcoin. Popper dá uma timeline bem detalhada de 2008 a 2014, recapitulando um pouco das tentativas anteriores de criação de moedas, passando pelo artigo de Satoshi, os primeiros usuários de bitcoin e todo o processo de adoção dela. Em especial, gostei muito da...

Katie/Doing Dewey rated it ★★★★☆

May 25, 2015

If you’re like me before reading this book, you’ve heard of the digital money called Bitcoin only when it’s gotten negative press. Honestly, after hearing about many people losing the money they’d invested in Bitcoins, I thought this experiment was dead. I was still fascinated to learn about it t...

Brian rated it ★★★★★

January 03, 2016

Extremely entertaining history of the digital currency Bitcoin. The author does an exceptional job of showing the motivations and history of the people involved in Bitcoin's creation and attempts to make it mainstream. The technological aspects of the currency (commodity?) were not as easy to und...

Keyton rated it ★★★★☆

July 18, 2016

A fascinating walkthrough of Bitcoin and Bitcoin-related startups. He manages to capture the doe-eyed optimism of the ideologically-motivated players, the sleaze of the criminal elements that popularized many of its applications, and the pragmatism of businesses as they integrate it into common t...

Austin rated it ★★★★★

July 31, 2015

Interesting piece of contemporary history tracing the development of Bitcoin. Engagingly written with detailed biographical information on important figures that have impacted Bitcoin in the past six years. Tells the story of the libertarian idealogues that created Bitcoin and then how it has dev...

David rated it ★★★★☆

May 27, 2017

Digital Gold does two things very well - it explains how Bitcoin works and it does so in entertaining fashion. I particularly liked the technical appendix the author referenced throughout the book. Popper begins with the earlier iterations of digital currency and takes us through the origins of Bi...

Meghan rated it ★★★☆☆

June 24, 2016

I read this in hopes of better understanding bitcoin and blockchain, but this is not a Bitcoin For Dummies. It relays the relatively brief but colorful history of this technology and its misfit founders and fanatics. I have a better sense of the benefits, applications, and limitations of bitcoin...

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