shortlisted for financial times and mckinsey’s 2015 business book of the year
a new york times business and technology reporter traces the dramatic rise of bitcoin and the fascinating personalities striving to create a new global money for the internet age.
Digital Gold is New York Times reporter Nathaniel Popper’s brilliant and exciting story of bitcoin, digital money, and the financial technology that has spawned a global social movement.
The notion of a new currency, maintained by users’ computers around the world, has been the subject of many jokes, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming a multi-billion dollar technology backed by hordes of followers. They have come to see it as the most important new idea since the creation of the internet. believers from beijing to buenos aires see the potential of a financial system free of banks and governments. More than just a fad in the tech industry, bitcoin has threatened to decentralize some of society’s most basic institutions.
an unusual story of group invention, digital gold traces the rise of bitcoin technology through the eyes of the movement’s colorful central characters, including an argentinian millionaire, a chinese businessman, tyler and cameron winklevoss, and the elusive creator of bitcoin, satoshi nakamoto. bitcoin has already generated untold riches for some and prison sentences for others.
nathaniel popper is a reporter for the new york times. Before joining the Times, he worked on the Angels Times and Forward. Nathaniel grew up in Pittsburgh and graduated from Harvard University. he lives in brooklyn with his family.
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