The Cryptopians: Idealism, Greed, Lies, and the Making of the First Big Cryptocurrency Craze

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    The story of the idealists, technologists, and opportunists fighting to bring cryptocurrency to the masses.

    In their short history, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have gone through booms, busts, and internecine wars. Yet today they are very much still with us: Bitcoin currently trades for over $50,000, the value of all crypto assets is greater than $1.7 trillion. The central promise of crypto is too good to pass up—vast fortunes made from decentralized networks not controlled by any single entity and not yet regulated by many governments.

    Yet cryptocurrency was growing increasingly marginal until a brilliant new idea changed its fortunes once again: Ethereum. In this book, Laura Shin takes readers inside the creation of this new form of cryptocurrency network, which enabled users to launch their own new coins, and in so doing, created a new crypto fever. You'll meet people like Vitalik Buterin, the wunderkind whose idea quickly became a $100 billion empire; Charles Hoskinson, the initial CEO who left the project within five months; and Joe Lubin, a former Goldman Sachs VP whose early involvement in Bitcoin and Ethereum helped him become one of crypto's most well-known billionaires. Sparks flew as these outsized personalities fought for their piece of a seemingly limitless new business opportunity.

    The fortunes of crypto continue to rise and fall, but the people fighting to take it mainstream are making and losing fortunes and careers on it. This fascinating book shows the crypto market for what it really is: a deeply personal struggle to influence the coming revolution in money, culture and power.

    The book, The Cryptopians: Idealism, Greed, Lies, and the Making of the First Big Cryptocurrency Craze [Bulk, Wholesale, Quantity] ISBN# 9781541763012 in Hardcover by Laura Shin may be ordered in bulk quantities. Minimum starts at 25 copies. Availability based on publisher status and quantity being ordered.
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    Shipping Weight 1.60 LBS
    Publisher PublicAffairs
    ISBN-13 9781541763012
    Pages 496
    Format Hardcover
    Publication Date 02/22/2022
    Language English
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      This is not a Book. It is an Encyclopedia.

      Posted by Jor Law on Mar 6th 2022

      In the world of crypto journalists, Laura Shin is Bitcoin. Her book contains an impressively detailed and well-researched accounting of a key part of crypto history. She solves mysteries that have haunted the community for years, uncovers other bombshells, and provides a storytelling that makes the reader feel as if they are in the room witnessing the unfolding of events first-hand. Authors like this deserve support and books like this demand to be shared so I've bought 200 copies to give out. Pro tip: Follow her Twitter to see how you might be able to get an autographed version!

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