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How Money Got Free: Bitcoin and the Fight for the Future of Finance Hardcover – May 9, 2017
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"Eha pieces together the puzzle of Bitcoin’s history in an engaging and accessible narrative… A great choice for anyone interested in technology, finance, politics, or the currency they spend." (Library Journal)
"A tremendously entertaining story of the technology, ideology, and personalities behind Bitcoin's rise. Highly recommended." (― Balaji Srinivasan, CEO of 21.co and board partner at Andreessen Horowitz)
"The sweeping, exhaustively researched and vividly painted story of a fascinating new form of financial technology, with a cast of characters worthy of a cyberpunk novel and enough drama and heartbreak to capture the imaginations of non-geeks." (―Marc Hochstein, editor-in-chief, American Banker
‘Lays it out clearer than a 2am Wikipedia binge ever could’ (― Shortlist)
"The rollicking, delightfully told tale of the creation of one of the most profound new technologies of our time." (―Nicholas Thompson, editor-in-chief, Wired
"[An] entertaining look at a period of financial change that may have lasting implications for finance and the global economy." (Money Week)
"The nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were ordered by the twin conceptions of mass and energy, and currencies were correspondingly massive – forged from precious metals and wood pulp. The late-twentieth and twenty-first centuries have been ordered by information and computation, and money has become digital, cryptographic, and scattered across a light-speed network of circulating trust. In this fascinating book, Brian Patrick Eha describes the inventor-revolutionary-hackers who made Bitcoin a reality – how they did it, the computing challenges they overcame, the vested interests they overturned, the laws that they broke, and the socio-technological reality that they are creating. This book is like a fiber-optic cable extending into our uncertain economic future." (― David Krakauer, president and William H. Miller Professor of Complex Systems, Santa Fe Institute
"[A] fast-moving tale of digital currency and its discontents."
"If Brian Patrick Eha can make me, a Luddite dunce, both understand and care about the enigmatic Bitcoin, and if he can also tantalize the novelist in me with a narrative of intellectual daring and primal risk relating to Bitcoin’s rise and fall and rise, then he is some kind of journalistic magician. And so he is, because he did all those things and more. Welcome to a new reality and the monetary future. You’ll never find a better guide." (―Walter Kirn, author of Up in the Air and Blood Will Out
"[Eha] draws on years of reporting and access to major figures to take readers inside the heads of pioneers who staked their livelihoods and reputations on cryptocurrency. The result is an engaging look at the origins of Bitcoin and what smart minds think it will ultimately end up being." (American Banker)
About the Author
Brian Patrick Eha is a former editor at Entrepreneur and a journalist who has spent nearly five years following the rise of Bitcoin. His work has been published by The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Fortune, CNNMoney, American Banker, Outside, Port, Avaunt, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications. He lives in New York City.
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In fact, the real beauty of the piece is that the story has a life to it. Unlike some narrative non-fiction that can be dry (and hard to get through), How Money Got Free is a really enjoyable book to read. Eha has managed to seamlessly weave an immense amount of factual information into a compelling narrative about truly vivid characters. It's not often that a work of nonfiction gets called a "page-turner," but here the label fits.
If you have any interest in Bitcoin, you need to buy this book.
If you have zero interest in Bitcoin, but simply love well-written nonfiction, you should definitely buy this book.
Excellent read-well done Brian Patrick Eha- look forward to another book on a totally different subject! Your writing style is great and you really made me feel as if I was a part of the history-watching from the walls.
Talented writer we have here of the highest caliber!