- Capa comum: 432 páginas
- Editora: Harper Paperbacks; Edição: Reprint (24 de maio de 2016)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 006236250X
- ISBN-13: 978-0062362506
- Dimensões do produto: 13,5 x 2,5 x 20,3 cm
- Peso de envio: 227 g
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Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money (Inglês) Capa Comum – 23 mai 2016
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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2015 FINANCIAL TIMES AND MCKINSEY BUSINESS BOOK OF THE YEAR
Bitcoin, the landmark digital money and financial technology, has spawned a global social movement with utopian ambitions. The notion of a new currency, maintained by the computers of users around the world, has been the butt of many jokes, but that has not stopped it from growing into a technology worth billions of dollars, supported by the hordes of followers who have come to view it as the most important new idea since the creation of the Internet.
Believers from Beijing to Buenos Aires see the potential for a financial system free from banks and governments, and a new global currency for the digital age. An unusual tale of group invention, Digital Gold tells the story of the colorful characters who have built Bitcoin, including a Finnish college student; an Argentinian millionaire; a Chinese entrepreneur; Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss; Bitcoin’s elusive creator, Satoshi Nakamoto; and the founder of the Silk Road online drug market, Ross Ulbricht.
With Digital Gold, New York Times reporter Nathaniel Popper offers a brilliant and engrossing account of this new technology. At each step of the way, Bitcoin has provided one of the most fascinating tests of how money works, who benefits from it, and what it might look like in the future.
Sobre o Autor
Nathaniel Popper is a reporter at The New York Times. Before joining The Times, he worked at the Los Angeles Times and the Forward. Nathaniel grew up in Pittsburgh and is a graduate of Harvard College. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.
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Before this book, I read three other bitcoin/blockchain books, watched the documentary (The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin) and read lots of web site articles and blogs. I heard lots of things about the main characters, Satoshi, Gavin, Hal, Ross, Erik, Wences, Winkelvii, Charlie etc. but after Popper's book, all of them are now linked in an organized story line and they came alive in my mind. In a way this book reads like fiction, almost like the script of an HBO mini series. But all of the events are real and the characters are actual living human beings, sometimes with sad endings.
I wonder if the FBI had ever used description of some events in this book as evidence? Or just the opposite, did Popper use legal documents or police reports. How on the earth did he find out all the details of the life of the founder of Silk Road? (Like the thoughts of his former girl firends) Or details about the "super secret" meeting of Allen & Co? Wow! I am shocked, this is journalism at its best, applied to a favourite but difficult to understand contemporary subject.
Bottom line: The book is an example of very fine writing and detailed reporting of the bitcoin subculture. Not a book to learn how to mine bitcoins or where to buy them.
Bitcoin is cryptocurrency, which became a digital gold. The origins of bitcoin belong to the people associated with libertarian views. The aim was to create a new kind of money that would be free from the state - dependent on the printing of money and monopolistic charges of the banking cartel. Launching a revolution similar to Uber, which changed the taxi market, and Airbnb, which affected the hotel market.
Lots of information on Bitocin you can read on the network, but the background of the formation and development of cryptocurrency you will find in the book.
The author has done a gigantic job, the number of interviews is impressive. But it paid off. The book is written well, journalistic style, so that it reads like a very good thiller.
Overall, I would recommend this book for what it is: an introduction to people with some stuff about what Bitcoin is, technically, thrown in. I think Popper accomplishes, for the most part, what he sets out to do but the nagging sense that we've only entered into an early stage of cryptocurrency holds the book back.
(In the 90's, llamas were touted as amazing pets/livestock, sales boomed, the next big thing. It turned out that everyone breeding llamas was selling them to other would-be breeders. No one actually wanted the end product, an actual llama.)
The businesses are about mining Bitcoints, managing your Bitcoins; the people are successful because of the increasing value of their Bitcoins. There's just not much to be done with the darn things, especially once the Silk Road goes kablooey.
I love Bitcoin, I want it to succeed, oh boy yes I do. But it's not really there, not yet (or ever?) and Digital Gold pumps it up beyond what it deserves.