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Summary

From the authors of the fascinating The Age of Cryptocurrency comes the definitive work on the Internet’s next big thing: the blockchain.

Many of the 'legacy systems' once designed to make our lives easier and our economy more efficient are no longer up to the task; big banks have grown more entrenched, privacy exists only until the next hack, and credit card fraud has become a fact of life. However, there is a way past all this - a new kind of operating system with the potential to revolutionise our economy: the blockchain.

In The Truth Machine, Michael J. Casey and Paul Vigna demystify the blockchain and explain why it can restore personal control over our data, assets, and identities; grant billions of excluded people access to the global economy; and shift the balance of power to revive society’s faith in itself. They reveal the empowerment possible when self-interested middlemen give way to the transparency of the blockchain while highlighting the job losses, assertion of special interests, and threat to social cohesion that will accompany this shift. With a balanced perspective, Casey and Vigna show why we all must care about the path that blockchain technology takes - moving humanity forward, not backward.

©2018 Michael J. Casey and Paul Vigna (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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"The authors ably explain highly technical information in layperson’s terms, and the text is neither too dense nor too basic. Readers may pick this one up for the Bitcoin connection and find themselves fascinated with the blockchain’s potential to change the world’s financial systems for the better." (Booklist)

"With thoughtful and well researched analysis, The Truth Machine leads you through a history of cryptocurrencies and blockchains that reveals the path forward towards a decentralized economy, one in which opportunity and access are widely spread." (Andreas M Antonopoulos, author of Mastering Bitcoin and The Internet of Money series)

"The Truth Machine is a brilliant, beautifully written guide to the blockchain revolution that is redefining 'trust' for our increasingly globalized world." (Hernando de Soto, President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, author of The Mystery of Capital)

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Drones on and on and... ends on a high note though

Luckily, this isn't a long listen. 10 hours is about 3-4 too much, perhaps just because the narrator is so hard to listen to at length. The book is fine, it's worth a listen, but I won't be coming back.

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