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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (January 27, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250065631
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250065636
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Anyone who doubts that bitcoin and its imitators are at the early stage of altering fundamentally the global payments system—if not the nature of money itself—will find it difficult to resist Michael Casey and Paul Vigna's admirably clear and judicious account. If the word 'blockchain' makes you want to call a plumber, or if you think Satoshi is some kind of raw fish, you need to read The Age of Cryptocurrency today. If you're already a bit-convert, you'll still learn a lot."—Niall Ferguson, author of The Ascent of Money

"Anyone who views bitcoin as a voodoo concept must read this totally comprehensible narrative outlining the history of money and how bitcoin might become a new and better currency. For those confused by bitcoin concepts, this clearheaded and readable book sets forth credible reasons why bitcoin might or might not be an evolving economic miracle."—Arthur Levitt, 25th Chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission

"An invaluable book: a fascinating field guide to the phenomenon in which three of the most powerful forces shaping our world today—the reform of finance, technological innovation, and the rejection of traditional politics—meet."—Felix Martin, author of Money: The Unauthorized Biography

"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 bestselling author of Endgame

" The thought-provoking Age of Cryptocurrency was a pleasure to read. The authors have successfully demystified cryptocurrencies like bitcoin so that even a traditionalist like myself can understand them and embrace their potential. And the references to money were so spot-on, they even taught this old dog some new tricks."—Edmund C. Moy, 38th Director of the United States Mint, 2006-2011

"Vigna and Casey unlock the mysteries of cryptocurrencies and their implications for the future of financial transactions in an engaging, lucid, and thought-provoking account. The technological developments described in this book will someday affect every one of us and I can think of no better guide to what the future holds."—Eswar Prasad, author of The Dollar Trap

"Even to a bitcoin skeptic like myself, Vigna and Casey's book is a fascinating journey into the cast of characters and oddballs behind the movement into the digital currency realm."—Barry Ritholtz, CIO, Ritholtz Wealth Management
 
"Thorough, multidisciplinary approach to the topic, including a fascinating examination of the origin of money... newcomers will gain a better understanding of the revolutionary potential of digital currency...And the explication of the non-currency applications of the concepts behind Bitcoin—such as tamper-proof records of verified information—will be valuable to any reader. " - Publishers Weekly, starred review 

About the Author

MICHAEL J. CASEY writes for The Wall Street Journal, covering global finance in his "Horizons" column. He is a frequent contributor to the Journal's MoneyBeat blog and co-authors the daily "BitBeat" with Paul Vigna. He is the host of the book-themed video series "WSJ Afterword" and a frequent guest on and host of "The News Hub" and "MoneyBeat." His podcast on world economic affairs is forthcoming. Casey has written for such publications as Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, and The Financial Times. He is the author of two books: Che's Afterlife: The Legacy of an Image (Vintage, 2009), one of Michiko Kakutani's "best books of 2009," and The Unfair Trade: How Our Broken Financial System Destroys the Middle Class (Crown, 2012).
 
PAUL VIGNA is a markets reporter for The Wall Street Journal, covering equities and the economy. He is a columnist and anchor for MoneyBeat. Previously a writer and editor of the MarketTalk column in DowJones Newswires, he has been a guest on the Fox Business Network, CNN, the BBC, and the John Batchelor radio show. He has been interviewed by Bitcoin magazine and appeared on the Bitcoins & Gravy podcast, and boasts a collective 20 years of journalism experience.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RL Willard on January 27, 2015
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The Age of Cryptocurrency is the seminal guide to Bitcoin and digital currencies, especially for the mainstream audience. It is concise, yet penetrating and gives more than a fair and satisfying view of the genesis, players and pros v. cons inherent the space. As someone who lives this industry and talks about it on a national level, I highly recommend it for anyone seeking to acclimate and educate themselves on this socially transformative issue.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By francesco on January 27, 2015
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I just received my two copies two days ago and had the incredible pleasure to read the book. Its well written and definitely a must read for any person interested in Finance, Technology and Bitcon; the book also face human matters as the struggle of un-banked in the World and present solutions that no other publication has proposed. I highly appreciated Paul Vigna and Mike Casey perspective on those matters.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gil Luria on January 27, 2015
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This is the right book to read in order to understand what bitcoin really is and the context in which it appeared. Michael Casey and Paul Vigna combine an in-depth understanding of the complicated subject matter with an objectivity and perspective that is hard to find when discussing cryptocurrency technology and bitcoin.
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