The pioneers of Bitcoin were twenty-first-century outlaws - cryptographers, hackers, Free Staters, ex-cons and drug dealers, teenage futurists and self-taught entrepreneurs - armed with a renegade ideology and a grudge against big government and big banks. Now those same institutions are threatening to co-opt or curtail the impact of digital currency. But the pioneers, some of whom have become millionaires themselves, aren't going down without a fight. Sweeping and provocative, How Money Got Free reveals how this disruptive technology is shaping the debate around competing ideas of money and liberty, and what that means for our future.
|Subject||Economics, Current Affairs|
‘The rollicking, delightfully told tale of the creation of one of the most profound new technologies of our time.'
‘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…then he is some kind of journalistic magician. And so he is, because he did all those things and more… You'll never find a better guide.'
‘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.'
‘Fascinating…This book is like a fiber-optic cable extending into our uncertain economic future.'
‘[A] fast-moving tale of digital currency and its discontents.'