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Bit by Bit: How P2P Is Freeing the World by [Tucker, Jeffrey]
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  • File Size: 578 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Liberty.me (January 7, 2015)
  • Publication Date: January 7, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00S085TRS
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Tucker's book is unlike some others trying to grapple with the emerging technologies and practices that are becoming essential to the modern human experience. His is informed by a realistic and sound view of economics and of the importance of human liberty, and an awareness of the patterns we see emerging. We are living in an age of revolutions--digital information and personal computing, mobile devices, smartphones, social networking, peer-to-peer, and, as Patrick Byrne describes it, "disintermediation"--developments and technologies that will result in revolutionary changes for human society. We are at the cusp of the Singularity, and searing, insightful works like this book by Jeff Tucker are essential to those who want to understand, navigate, profit from, and participate in the revolutionary social changes that we are experiencing now. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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Those of us in the bitcoin world know about Jeffrey Tucker. He's an entrepreneur, economist and an entertaining speaker to boot. What I didn't realize before reading this book is that he's a good author as well. His new book is called Bit by Bit: How P2P Is Freeing the World and in it, he makes the case for how peer-to-peer technology will change the world.

I went into the book expecting lots of bold predictions that would be plainly untrue in a few years. I expected a lot of discussion about the technical benefits of peer-to-peer technology and how that would change the world. To be sure, there's plenty of that in the book.

What I didn't expect was for a far more philosophical and somehow very practical look into the consequences of the innovations taking place today. I also didn't expect to get something of an education in Austrian Economics History, Libertarian philosophy and how libertarianism is changing. Somehow, Tucker brings bitcoin, libertarianism, technology together to present a case for freedom. And that is a word you will see a lot.

If you're into bitcoin or Austrian Economics or libertarianism, this book will have you nodding. If you're not, it'll give you a lot of food for thought, presented in a digestible manner. There's nothing completely new here, but Tucker does organize a lot of disparate and seemingly unrelated things into a compelling argument for the pursuit and inevitability of freedom in the coming age. I finished the book feeling hopeful about the future.
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Absolutely fantastic book by J. Tucker. I've enjoyed all of his, including Bourbon for Breakfast and It's a Jetson's World. Bit by Bit is a little bit more focused onto bitcoin, but does venture on to explore its many application possibilities and the overall Peer-to-Peer structural benefits of decentralized systems. Like all of Jeffrey Tucker's books, his positive outlook is contagious and you get a sense of freedom and possibilities in a world that can often seem so constrained.

Before this book, I never really understood why people are crazy about bitcoin. I was never against it, I just didn't really fully "get it." Well, Jeffrey fills in the gaps and explains the true value behind it. That's really what I needed - to understand why it has value. I definitely recommend this book to everyone and I now do see a future with bitcoin.
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Tucker explains bitcoin and blockchain technology better than anyone I've encountered so far. It is clear he understands both the ideas behind bitcoin and also how cryptocurrencies actually work. He also makes a very convincing case for adopting it, accepting it as payment and getting involved in the world of bitcoin. Also the P2P world relies on relationships and reputation in a way that is much more reassuring than anything the state has been able to do. You find yourself asking, now what is it we need the state for again? Reminds you that you can choose to be freer right now. There are ways to break out of the box of the state. Understanding this really helps me understand his sense of optimistic enthusiasm. And its contagious! Great book, easy read with lots of entertaining anecdotes mixed in. I came away very encouraged about the future.
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Free. What does it mean? Being able to interact directly with other people without an intermediary on mutually agreeable terms is the essence of freedom. The Internet brings more and more people together every year and has nearly gotten to the point that average people will see an advantage in (and start) disintermediating the intermediaries…Uber is a great example. Privacy maintaining money, like conventional cash, is part of this story. Bitcoin users will not be disappointed and will learn how the new Internet money fits in to a larger human to human economy.
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Only about 1/3 of the book is strictly about Bitcoin and not about the technical aspects of Bitcoin, so do not buy the book to learn in-depth.
The rest of the book is about the P2P movement/economy as a whole (which Bitcoin is a part of), and some brief explanation of some main figures in the Austrian tradition of economy.

So why still four stars? Quite simply, Bitcoin in itself is not as important as what it represents: The P2P movement, which Jeffrey Tucker explains in a very clear, vivid and unapologizing way!
Especially the unapologizing writing style is very refreshing, and because of it, I will start reading more by Jefferey Tucker.

Button line: Do not buy the book for the technical side of Bitcoin, but for the grand perspective of the P2P movement written as by the Libertarian equivalent of Charles Emmerson.
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