How Money Got Free

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Pages: 496
Subject: Economics, Current Affairs
Imprint: Oneworld

How Money Got Free

Bitcoin and the Fight for the Future of Finance

Brian Patrick Eha

The captivating story of how the future of money was born and where it's taking us next
9781780746586 (6 Apr 2017)
RRP £20.00 / US$27.99

The Book

In the space of a few years, Bitcoin has gone from an idea ignored or maligned by almost everyone to an asset with a market cap of more than $12 billion. Venture capital firms, Goldman Sachs, the New York Stock Exchange, and billionaires such as Richard Branson and Peter Thiel have invested more than $1 billion in companies built on this groundbreaking technology. Bill Gates has even declared it ‘better than currency'.

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.

Additional Information

Subject Economics, Current Affairs
Pages 496
Imprint Oneworld


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.


‘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

‘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.'

- Walter Kirn, author of Up in the Air and Blood Will Out

‘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

‘Fascinating…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.'

- Kirkus