The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging the Global Economic Order

Paul Vigna Michael J. Casey

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The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging the Global Economic Order

The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging the Global Economic Order By Paul Vigna Michael J. Casey The Age of Cryptocurrency How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging the Global Economic Order Bitcoin became a buzzword overnight A cyber enigma with an enthusiastic following it pops up in headlines and fuels endless media debate You can apparently use it to buy anything from coffee to cars

  • Title: The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging the Global Economic Order
  • Author: Paul Vigna Michael J. Casey
  • ISBN: 9781250081551
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging the Global Economic Order By Paul Vigna Michael J. Casey Bitcoin became a buzzword overnight A cyber enigma with an enthusiastic following, it pops up in headlines and fuels endless media debate You can apparently use it to buy anything from coffee to cars, yet few people seem to truly understand what it is This raises the question Why should anyone care about bitcoin In The Age of Cryptocurrency, Wall Street journalists PauBitcoin became a buzzword overnight A cyber enigma with an enthusiastic following, it pops up in headlines and fuels endless media debate You can apparently use it to buy anything from coffee to cars, yet few people seem to truly understand what it is This raises the question Why should anyone care about bitcoin In The Age of Cryptocurrency, Wall Street journalists Paul Vigna and Michael J Casey deliver the definitive answer to this question Cybermoney is poised to launch a revolution, one that could reinvent traditional financial and social structures while bringing the world s billions of unbanked individuals into a new global economy Cryptocurrency holds the promise of a financial system without a middleman, one owned by the people who use it and one safeguarded from the devastation of a 2008 type crash.But bitcoin, the most famous of the cybermonies, carries a reputation for instability, wild fluctuation, and illicit business some fear it has the power to eliminate jobs and to upend the concept of a nation state It implies, above all, monumental and wide reaching change for better and for worse But it is here to stay, and you ignore it at your peril.Vigna and Casey demystify cryptocurrency its origins, its function, and what you need to know to navigate a cyber economy The digital currency world will look very different from the paper currency world The Age of Cryptocurrency will teach you how to be ready.
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    1. Athan Tolis on said:

      This is a tremendous introduction to Bitcoin If you are not technically minded, it s as good as you could possibly hope for.On the other hand, if you are a bit of a technophile, perhaps you may want to look for the fine detail somewhere else.First comes all the necessary background You get a thorough introduction on what money is, or rather what it is that that turns something into money, you get an introduction to the biosphere out of which Bitcoin sprung, including a long list of its predecess [...]

    2. Andrea Carr on said:

      So I spent one night drunkenly debating Bitcoin and the Federal Reserve with my cousin in law And the reason I say this besides the obvious, which is I m a self absorbed person who just likes sharing is the book provides a pretty good foundation for having these drunken debates It was also fairly well written, and while I feel like a dick for saying this, it was perhaps too long.

    3. BlackOxford on said:

      Competing For TrustJust as light is considered as both a particle and a wave in modern physics, the new forms of exchange that have been developed using the technology of the Internet are both currencies and commodities This is another way of saying that neither in physics nor economics do we have an adequate description of either light or money, although we might temporise and muddle on regardless Surprisingly perhaps, we may be further ahead in developing a unified theory of money thanks to th [...]

    4. Atila Iamarino on said:

      timo complemento ao Digital Gold, mais atualizado e mais abrangente sobre o impacto econ mico que criptomoedas podem ter Paul Vigna e Michael J Casey s o dois jornalistas de economia que compraram a ideia das mudan as que criptomoedas trazem O livro passa bem mais rapidamente pela hist ria da bitcoin, inclusive detalha menos a blockchain do que Digital Gold.Em compensa o, ele cobre mais das mudan as que as criptomoedas est o provocando em v rios pa ses e v rios setores da economia e da informa o [...]

    5. George on said:

      The Age of Cryptocurrency by Paul Vigna and Michael J Casey is a solid, non technical, introduction to Bitcoin and block chain technology This book covers the time period from the 1990s up through 2014 I recommend this book to anyone interested in reading a non technical introduction to Bitcoin and block chain up through 2014 Rating 4 out of 5 stars Notes Audiobook Narrated by Sean Pratt Length 14 hours and 17 minutes Unabridged Audiobook Release Date 2015 01 29 Publisher Gildan Media, LLC

    6. Ryan Lackey on said:

      Great summary of cryptocurrencies Bitcoin, etc , including background cypherpunks , current players, drivers of success failure, and future scenarios Non technical, but well informed.Personally not terribly sold on Bitcoin itself, but some kind of cryptocurrency ideally, an anonymous one, like Zcash or blinded tokens should succeed, at least for verticals Audible audiobook

    7. Conrad Zero on said:

      At 2 years old, this is already feeling dated, but it gives a detailed look at the start of the blockchain revolution in progress The authors backgrounds in finance economy give them a particular slant but it doesn t keep them from diving into the cultural and technological effects of blockchain technology As expected, there are some interesting guesstimates as to where the new tech might take us, but given what blockchain can already do out of the box, so to speak, is pretty impressive Required [...]

    8. Paul on said:

      Money supposedly makes the world go round It doesn t that s physics but it is the lifeblood of business and the system that controls it, governments, banks, brokers and the other middlemen have made and lost fortunes with it and with that control comes power Cryptocurrencies might be something that you have heard of, but like most people you are probably unaware how this new form of money is aiming to revolutionise the concept of money.Bitcoin is probably the best known of these new cryptocurren [...]

    9. Diego on said:

      Paul Vigna y Michael Casey hacen un gran trabajo al presentar la historia del surgimiento de las monedas digital tales como el bitcoin El libro es f cil lectura y presenta a trav s de an cdotas y de historias coloridas las motivaciones tras la creaci n de este tipo monedas, los retos t cnicos y pol ticos que han encontrado a su paso y su desarrollo paralelo al del sistema internacional de pagos El libro ofrece una introducci n no t cnica al funcionamiento del bitcoin sus principales retos, evalu [...]

    10. Warren Mcpherson on said:

      Perhaps the best general introduction to bitcoin there is at the moment It looks at salient aspects of the financial system along with the social and business aspects of the bitcoin economy.There is a remarkably diverse set of interests involved in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies This book does a great job of running through the formative ideas that have driven the interest and development of Bitcoin.It starts with a discussion of money and the shared belief that is required to give a currenc [...]

    11. Jim Lavis on said:

      Why is this not in the news It s life changing I found this book to be very thorough and it addresses the history, the challenges, and possible future of cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technology I was amazed to discover how many companies are currently accepting Bitcoins as payment in today s market This service has the potential of dramatically cutting costs and building efficiencies that society as a whole will benefit from, but it s also going to be a disruptive change and will eliminate mi [...]

    12. Mike on said:

      While I would dispute certain of the Vigna s individual ideas, and while no one can come close to knowing what impact Bitcoin, blockchain technology, etc will have in the future, The Age of Cryptocurrency was surprisingly reasonable for a book on a topic that draws so much ridiculous commentary Vigna has an optimistic but not zealously religious view of the subject The book points out the possibilities, ranging from the most plausible to the most pie in the sky, and the challenges that cryptocur [...]

    13. Edward on said:

      The Age of Cryptocurrency provides a great introduction of bitcoin, tracing from its ideological and technical roots and discussing its impact to the financial world and the future of money The authors provide an interesting narrative of bitcoin, from how it started which happens during the banking crisis in 2008 when the trust in the banking system was low as a proof of concept of a decentralized, irrefutable digital currency in a trustless environment, and gained momentum in the few years sinc [...]

    14. Douglas Summers-Stay on said:

      My brother is working for a cryptocurrency startup, but I felt like I didn t really understand what a cryptocurrency was or why it was useful I realized something I had been missing about bitcoin no one thinks that bitcoins are, in and of themselves, valuable It is simply that they trust the whole bitcoin system will hold the value they put into it long enough to take it out again later with about the same or maybe value Demand for limited supply and speculation push the price up, but in the lo [...]

    15. Ben Jammin on said:

      I thought it was a decent overview of what cryptocurrency is and what the potential is for blockchain technology It seems like a lot of the discussion at this point is just speculation though about what is theoretically possible with blockchain I think the technology still needs to improve in order to actually work long term too like, how will they incentivize miners in the long run and will it end up using a prohibitive amount of energy to run all of the computers doing the work How do we know [...]

    16. Josh on said:

      This was a solid book on bitcoin and the blockchain, mostly a non technical view on how the technology came about, what the current and potential uses are, and some potential future outcomes in terms of penetration will be This went slightly deeper than Digital Gold on the actual financial implications and overall capabilities of the blockchain, as it was less of a novel However, of course there were some redundancies due to the same characters from early on in bitcoin s history appearing in bot [...]

    17. Phil Thoden on said:

      A solid introduction to the history and benefits of cryptocurrency as well as the underlying blockchain technology Best for those wanting to take their knowledge of these subjects up from just a little to a little better understanding While some of the concepts provided were a bit challenging for this liberal arts major to wrap his head around, I couldn t help but think back my initial inability in the 1990s to grasp the relevance and importance of email and the world wide web of things, two tec [...]

    18. Conrad Mason on said:

      Essentially the history of Bitcoin and the blockchain A great explanation of the early days of the mysterious creator of bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, and some guesses as to who it night be The book goes on to talk about the scandal of the silk road, the rise and fall of mtgox and the various ways in which bitcoin and cryptocurrencies can we used in the real world.

    19. Zihad Azad on said:

      This book can be a great starting point if you have a rudimentary understanding of money However, one still can enjoy the latter chapters of this book where the ins and outs of the bitcoin ecosystem have been fleshed out for the everyday reader But without an inkling of monetary theory, it would be tough for anyone to grasp how bitcoin, with its limited supply and mob ascribed value, can upend the traditional nation state issued fiat currencies The thing is that Bitcoin is many things It s a cur [...]

    20. Gumble's Yard on said:

      Good if nor brilliant book on the history, present developments and possible future paths of both Bitcoin the currency and what the authors distinguish as Bitcoin the technology i.e Blockchain The book starts with a brief discussion of the history of money including the debate between those who argue for a commodity backed currency metallists and most commonly gold enthusiasts and those who see it as a token and politically tend towards Kenyesian views It then traces the genesis of Bitcoin and [...]

    21. Arthur Kosten on said:

      Interesting book to learn about the history and background of bitcoin and blockchain technologies I think there are two parts in the book The first part on the origins of bitcoin blockchain, adoption, struggles, innovation is very informative Seeing how adoption, trust, hype and fear develop as a series of major events, some inside the bitcoin community eg mtGox failure or in the wider world eg greek crises helps to understand the current state of affairs Somewhere in the second half of the book [...]

    22. GONZA on said:

      The book is well written, but some of the strictly economic and legal aspects have been particularly difficult for me to understand However, the future of Bitcoin is still completely open and it will be interesting to see how it all turns out.Il libro ben scritto, ma alcuni dei passaggi strettamente economici e giuridici sono stati per me particolarmente difficili da capire Comunque il futuro del Bitcoin ancora completamente aperto e sar interessante per tutti vedere come andr a finireANKS TO NE [...]

    23. Ali Tehrani on said:

      I wish I read this when it came out A good introduction to cryptocurrencies, their benefits and drawbacks, the history behind their formation, with a good sketch of future potential applications I d be lying if I said I fully understand blockchain technology just by reading this book, but this book helped give me at least some basis for understanding why cryptocurrencies matter and what blockchain technology could mean for both the present and the future.

    24. Tim on said:

      A reasonable overview of the history of cryptocurrency and its importance Before reading this book, Bitcoin was just another buzzword in the tech industry that I didn t pay a lot of attention too After finishing this book, I feel like I have a better grasp of what the movement is trying to achieve and how it works as a currency.

    25. Dvir Oren on said:

      basic explanation about bitcoin, not much though.Very interesting technology, I think it ll be incredibly useful in the future, although I have a hard time how people will protect it from hackers and misuse.

    26. Lloyd Fassett on said:

      1 24 14 read an excerpt in the Wall St Journal Blockchain technologies and what else they might do beyond currency are what interests me.

    27. Jon Malmgren on said:

      This book does a great job of giving you the history and the highlights of BitCoin and a few of the alt coins that have followed in its wake This book is not a bad place to start if you want to understand about the technology, where it comes from, who helped shape it into the sensation it is today, and where it s projected to go Blockchain and BitCoin are both very difficult topics to understand and hunkering down into this book was helpful for me to wrap my head around some challenging concept [...]

    28. Jeff on said:

      2017 18 have witnessed a generational economic event that is Crypto Timely book Cryptocurrencies individual currency serve their own purpose such as Bitcoin for holding value and etherium for contract Interesting concept of an application that is like a multi currency wallet that takes the appropriate currency to pay or use for the appropriate transaction and does all the exchanges within the wallet for you Index currency concept introduced The concept of multimodality applies to currencies are [...]

    29. Sal on said:

      In lieu of the latest surge in Bitcoin hype, I picked up this book to better educate myself on crytpocurrency, which is becoming increasingly relevant in the workings of the global economy today This is a brilliantly researched book which sheds a lot of light on the fundamentals of the technology and its role in society Primarily, this is placed in the context of money how we garner value from it in spite of its abstractness and how its flaws we so easily overlook because of how central it is to [...]

    30. Andy Dixon on said:

      This book serves as a great primer to Cryptocurrency, and specifically to Bitcoin The books starts with a philosophical questioning of What is money Which I think is worth the book price all by itself and journeys through the history of the currency as well as how it works It also tries to give equal light to both strengths and weaknesses of the currency It even begins to delve into some futurism showing how the blockchain system can have real world applications that involve fiat currency or eve [...]

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