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The Age of Cryptocurrency

Author: Paul Vigna

How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order

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Audiobook, Hardcover, Kindle, Paperback

Publisher

St. Martin's Press

Year of Publishing

2015

Categories: , Tag: Product ID: 19705

Description

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 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.

Table of Contents

  • INTRODUCTION: Digital Cash for a Digital Age
  • CHAPTER ONE: Genesis
  • CHAPTER TWO: From Barter to Bitcoin
  • CHAPTER THREE: A Tree Grows in Bitcoin
  • CHAPTER FOUR: The Arms Race
  • CHAPTER FIVE: Satoshi’s Mill
  • CHAPTER SIX: The Unbanked
  • CHAPTER SEVEN: The Everything Blockchain
  • CHAPTER EIGHT: The Promises and Perils of Cryptocurrency
  • CHAPTER NINE: Square Peg Meets Round Hole
  • CHAPTER TEN: The 21st Century vs. The 16th Century
  • CHAPTER ELEVEN: In The Future
  • EPILOGUE: Boom, Bubble, or Beginning?

 


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