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Summary

In 2008, while the world was busy panicking about the global financial crisis, a computer programmer going by the name of Satoshi Nakamoto posted a message on an out-of-the-way mailing list. 'I've been working on a new electronic cash system,' he said. Nobody seemed to care. ‘It might make sense to get some just in case it catches on,’ he suggested. 

How right he was. What he had programmed would become the world’s most famous alternative currency – Bitcoin. It would catch the zeitgeist in a way only two people foresaw. A cult of devotees was inspired – economists, anarchists, speculators, computer coders, libertarians, criminals, entrepreneurs. Early adopters would become multi-millionaires.

Now the suggestion is that Bitcoin will do to banking and finance what email did to the postal service and what the internet did to publishing: destroy old monopolies, creating new opportunities for the masses. Some even suggest that the technology behind Bitcoin – known as the block chain – will reform our Western systems of democracy, giving us the revolution so many are clamouring for.

In this gripping book, Dominic Frisby tells the amazing story of Bitcoin. He solves the mystery surrounding the identity of Bitcoin’s secretive creator. He shows how Bitcoin is going to change the world. And, perhaps most of all, he does something nobody else has hitherto been able to do: he explains in layman’s language how the bally thing works.

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Critic reviews

"Bitcoin is one of the most important innovations of our time – it will transform the way we do business. Dominic Frisby has written a great account. Read it and glimpse into the future" (Sir Richard Branson)
"The book’s outstanding, but the story it tells is even better." (Matt Ridley, The Times)
"In this highly readable yet technically accomplished book, Dominic Frisby makes crypto currencies crystal clear. Read it, or fail to understand possibly the most important financial innovation of our time." (Liam Halligan, Sunday Telegraph)
"Despite having an MSc in Computer Science and spending over ten years studying monetary theory, I ignored Bitcoin as hype for too long. You shouldn’t. Read Dominic’s thrilling book and discover the next big thing." (Steve Baker, MP)

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Easy to understand, yet technically spot on

very.good explanation of everything you need to consider about bitcoin. Easy for the non technical. But as a programmer it was still all I needed to understand the issues.

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  • 28-01-15

More speaking tour than a book

disappointed. not enough depth around the impact of the tech. would have been better as an 1 hr presentation than an entire book.

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What a Bloody book.

I have never expectes such a great listening. This book gave me much better picture to where we realy are in terms of Digital Currency. I will be using many words from this book on my Crypto presentations. SN realy rocked that money boat. Thank You for Bitcoin.

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WHAT AN INCREDIBLE BOOK

This is an incredible review of how blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies came about. I literally knew nothing about this subject 7 days ago and now feel well informed in it's history and it's potential to revolutionise our society in so many ways. Thank you Dominic Frisby and thanks especially to SATOSHI NAKAMOTO

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Awesome insight into Bitcoin

Awesome insight into Bitcoin. Very informative and well written. Really enjoyed it the book. Well done Dominic!

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Informative and great listen

What does Dominic Frisby bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Great delivery, spoken in the authors voice.

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Dominic covers off all the basics and plenty more. Definitely an informative book that will bring you up to speed on Bitcoin and other crypto currencies.

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Very special

Brilliant eye opening not the same after reading this book. Serious easy to listen

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Very good book and narration

What made the experience of listening to Bitcoin the most enjoyable?

It is very interesting and narrated in a passionate way.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bitcoin?

More than one, for instance the explanation of the current process of fiat money creation, inflation, etc.

What does Dominic Frisby bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Not deep technical details but a really good understanding of the ideas behind Bitcoin.

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a good place to start.

An engaging and well researched introduction to bitcoin and beyond.
This book focuses more on the underlying philosophy of bitcoin, and covers the technical side without getting bogged down in the details.
Frisby is clearly excited about the world-changing potential of blockchain tech, but he's careful to present the 'bear case' for why you should not rush out and fill your boots.

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  • W. Andrews
  • 25-10-15

Life Changing

Thank you for this book. It is life changing! The book is very clear and succinct.

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  • Csaba Baczó
  • 28-03-18

Nice book to listen.

I really enjoyed the stories. it's also very good to listen to the teller. Very recommended

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  • Russell Johnson
  • 14-03-16

A Comprehensive Overview

Well researched and explained you will not be disappointed, objective accomplished . A meaningful overview. Russell