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The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order Hardcover – January 27, 2015
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“Vigna and Casey's thorough, timely and colorful book is a rewarding place to learn it all.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“For any book on bitcoin to be worth reading, it has to delve further: into the crypto-currency's ideological and technical roots, for instance, or what it adds to the narrative of money, or even what its economic and political impact may be. The currency's...underlying technology provides plenty of intellectual fodder-and is unlikely to go away. So there is plenty to write about if you are serious. Paul Vigna and Michael Casey, two journalists at the Wall Street Journal, are certainly serious.” ―The Economist
“[Vigna and Casey] have produced more than a bitcoin 101: their [book] is a smarter, more holistic take on not just bitcoin, but the potential of all digital currencies to change the way we send each other money.” ―Fortune
“This book by @mikejcasey and @paulvigna is a new must-read on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency!” ―Marc Andreessen (@pmarca)
“To their ample credit, Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey, veteran Wall Street Journal reporters, resist the common temptations to hype their trendy subject. They've written a reported explainer that patiently documents bitcoin's rise, acknowledges its flaws and highlights its promise. Smart and conscientious, The Age of Cryptocurrency is the most thorough and readable account of the short life of this controversial currency.” ―The Washington Post
“This book should be required reading for anyone who has an interest in digital currency or the capabilities of the blockchain.” ―Bitcoin Magazine
“If you are baffled by Bitcoin and bemused by blockchains then The Age of Cryptocurrency... includes everything you could possibly want to know about cryptocurrencies, without the need for being either a skilled mathematician or uber-geek computer engineer.” ―Global Finance Magazine
“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
“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
“Vigna and Casey are cautious, though enthusiastic guides to this strange new world. Being Wall Street Journal reporters, they know how to dig beneath the surface and they also know how to write. The book is full of fascinating stories, from the origins of money to the future of decentralised commerce, from the Mt Gox meltdown to the Silk Road bust.” ―Matt Ridley, Times of London
“[I]n...their fascinating book on the topic, Wall Street Journal columnists Paul Vigna and Michael Casey set out to convince readers that bitcoin is not only going straight, but has the potential to change the world.” ―Literary Review
“[T]he book is extremely well written, and easy to understand. In a nutshell, it narrates the chronology of Bitcoin's evolution with impeccable precision. It is free of hype, while not being shy in pinning the important role that cryptocurrencies will play in our future.” ―William Mougayar, Venture Advisor
“Bitcoin and Bitchain (sic) are likely to revolutionize money...The book to read on this topic is The Age of Cryptocurrency by Vigna and Casey two Wall Street Journal financial journalists.” ―Rishad Tobbacowala
“This sober yet exciting account of cryptocurrency, told by two very smart and objective reporters, is exactly the way to introduce yourself, or a sophisticated newbie you know, to the technology's revolutionary potential. I recommend you check it out.” ―Jerry Brito, Executive Director, Coin Center
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 FoxBusiness 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.
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press (January 27, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 368 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250065631
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250065636
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.37 x 1.27 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #462,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On the positive side, the book focuses an entire chapter (5) on how the blockchain works and I think the authors did a good job simplifying and explaining this rather complex topic. Understanding the blockchain technology is really best suited to people with a computer science or cryptography background, so having an intermediate text like this is great. Another positive is the extensive history of the start of bitcoin and the early days of progress made to get it used in everyday transactions. It is a very thorough account of many of the startups that have come out of bitcoin and I think that the book offers a great summary to get up to speed.
It is also the extensive account of the startups that I didn't like as much. There's a lot and it really jumps around. This discussion really slows down the pace and excitement of learning about this technology, something the earliest chapters focused on. I was hoping for more discussion on the economics of bitcoin, such as how it would handle the complex needs of managing market gyrations, something central banks do around the world to help prevent severe recessions.
While reading you quickly begin to see that the dream of bitcoin "replacing" today's currencies is little unrealistic, especially in the decentralized fashion hoped for by its early adopters and promoters. The authors implicitly say as much many times over. The challenges facing the currency though may be overshadowed by the adoption of the underlying technology (blockchain) by all sorts of applications. There's no doubt though that this path is complex. I look forward to reading the book that portrays that history one day. For now, this is a good intro and a history of the young, new technology and I would recommend it for anyone seeking both a description of events and an explanation of how it all works.
At this point in time, if the reader's intention with this book is the former, then reading the first couple of chapters of the book suffices. If the reader's intention is the latter, then read one chapter in the book and the Afterword. In other words, quite a few of the chapters in this book, at this point in time, are redundant. I bought this book under the notion that this books serves as a prerequisite reading to the authors following book ("The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything").
If we cannot trust our governments to regulate our trading of valuables how can we trust anonymous individuals in an invisible chain?
If we cannot predict the value of a unit for more than an hour, no a minute, how can we trust that unit?
Whilst the authors clearly do buy in to a future with crypto they are fairly well balanced and pragmatic in their views throughout the book. Hence they do not fall into any of the extreme crypto/bitcoin cheerleader categories that would otherwise cloud their thought processes..
The only reason I marked this down is due to the fact that it is a little dated for 2018 and needs updating to stay relevant - yes that’s right, just like the technology that it propagates it also needs to keep up with the times and put out a revised edition. However, honestly worth the read anyway as a type of ‘gateway’ book to introduce you to the crypto world
Top reviews from other countries
- gut und fundiert geschrieben
- historische Entwicklung wird abgebildet
- Technologie wird erklärt
- Anwendungsmöglichkeiten werden beschrieben
- Zukunfts-Szenarien werden aufgezeigt
- für Einsteiger und Fortgeschrittene geeignet
Dieses Buch war ein Glücksgriff für mich, ich habe das Gefühl den Schritt gemacht zu haben, von Halbwissen zu gutem Verständnis.
Das Wissen ist so aufbereitet, dass das Buch sich sehr angenehm liest, gleichzeitig sind die Inhalte fundiert. Hier merkt man den Autoren ihren "Wallstreet Journal und Berater für das MIT"-Background an.
Ich empfehle es als Standardwerk, jedem, der sich näher mit dem Thema Cryptowährungen beschäftigen will.