- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Portfolio (May 10, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1101980133
- ISBN-13: 978-1101980132
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 193 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Everywhere thoughtful people are trying to understand this revolutionary technology and how it might change the world. Team Tapscott has stepped up and written the book we’ve been waiting for.”
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“Occasionally a book comes along that changes the global discourse. This is likely to be one of those books. Blockchains are at the heart of the fourth industrial revolution and the Tapscotts lucidly explain why and how to capture the opportunity and avoid the dangers.”
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“A carefully researched and beautifully written book. Blockchain Revolution argues that the ‘Internet of value’ will transform our lives. A must-read book for our disruptive times.”
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“Don and Alex brilliantly illuminate the technology that could profoundly impact the way we manage issues of trust, security, and privacy for years to come.”
—Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO, PepsiCo
“The great missing element in the Internet has been a ‘trust protocol,” a way of knowing that a transaction is verified and authentic. Blockchain technology could provide a foundation for that. It’s a revolutionary idea, and this lucid book explains why.”
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“What a spectacular book. Mind-blowing in its expansiveness and profundity. It makes me think we’re at one of those times in technological, economic, and social history where the sky is the limit.”
—Steve Wozniak, cofounder, Apple Computer and chief scientist, Prime Data
“The Tapscotts provide a thorough, balanced and enlightening guide to the next big thing.”
“Father and son duo, Don and Alex Tapscott, have impeccable timing.”
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– The Guardian
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“This 368-page page-turner offers the first comprehensive look at the future of this emerging digital ecosystem.”
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About the Author
DON TAPSCOTT is the CEO of the Tapscott Group and one of the most influential living theorists about business and society. In November 2013, Thinkers50 named Don as the 4th most important business thinker in the world. A June 2013 Forbes.com analysis of social media identified Don as the most influential management thinker in the world. He is the author or co-author of 15 widely read books about new technologies and new media in business and society, including Wikinomics and The Digital Economy.
ALEX TAPSCOTT is the CEO and founder of Northwest Passage Ventures, an advisory firm building blockchain companies. In 2014 he wrote the seminal report on governing digital currencies for the Global Solutions Network program at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Prior to founding Northwest Passage Ventures, he worked for seven years in investment banking in New York and Toronto.
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Would have expected a better "primer" on how block chain actually works. Given the audience this tome appears aimed at, a few paragraphs ("How this worldwide ledger works") seems a bit under-serving - particularly for such an avowedly history-changing paradigm. Readers must understand this thing before trusting it, which for the most part is mysterious and geeky. Demystification would help move blockchain out of the comfort zone of PhD's into the realm of the mere unwashed (in which this reviewer sits). And nothing on the mystery surrounding Satoshi himself - what's up with that? Given that we're dealing with a new trust paradigm, doesn't the fact of his anonymity (existence?) not at least merit some comment?
Only part I would recommend is found at Chapter 10 "Showstopper issues"... Ironic, of course but best analysis is here!
Be aware that the book does approach the problems from a very liberal perspective. We're constantly reminded that lots of people are disenfranchised by governments and big business (third-parties), for example, and you don't get too much defense of existing third-party systems that actually work well.
The details of how blockchain itself works are not discussed in any detail, so if you are looking for this kind of info, look elsewhere.
I do have 2 big criticisms:
1. The authors hold the distinct belief that if we just make data (like the kinds of data managed by big corporations and governments) transparent through a blockchain that it will presumably be put to good, beneficial use for society. After all, blockchains are specifically intended to remove governing third parties. Little is mentioned on how to replace the "good" parts of the things these third parties do - it just magically takes care of itself because the data is transparent. It's a stretch.
2. While the book provides a broad look at how many areas of our lives can be impacted by blockchain, there is a strong tendency for the authors to misappropriate other (re)evolutionary trends in technology (like IoT) and claim they are significantly enhanced because of blockchain. While there are some elements of truth here, the benefits of many of them (like IoT) as they describe them are 99% achievable without a blockchain - they simply don't make their case that blockchain makes it better very well.
These aside, this book offers great broad perspectives on the possibilities of a blockchain-enabled world. It also provides great overviews of some work-in-flight initiatives.
Read this with an appropriately-sized grain of salt, and you can't lose. A must-read for the blockchain-curious and futurists out there.
Worse yet, the audio book has an extremely enthusiastic narrator who knows nothing about the tech or the content, and thus puts emphasis in all the wrong places. He is clearly caught up in the hucksterism of the text. I got about half way through the audio and couldn't take it anymore - I switched to text, but nonetheless came away disappointed. I kept waiting for something meaty, but these authors can't seem to get away from blather and fluff.
It barely considers the environmental consequences of putting everything on the blockchain... that is a huge consideration.