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Digital Cash: The Unknown History of the Anarchists, Utopians, and Technologists Who Created Cryptocurrency

by Finn Brunton Princeton University Press
Pub Date:
09/2020
ISBN:
9780691209166
Format:
Pbk 272 pages
Price:
AU$46.99 NZ$49.56
Product Status: Not Our Publication - we no longer distribute
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The fascinating untold story of digital cash and its creators'from experiments in the 1970s to the mania over Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin may appear to be a revolutionary form of digital cash without precedent or prehistory. In fact, it is only the best-known recent experiment in a long line of similar efforts going back to the 1970s. But the story behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and its blockchain technology has largely been untold'until now. In Digital Cash, Finn Brunton reveals how technological utopians and political radicals created experimental money to bring about their visions of the future: protecting privacy or bringing down governments, preparing for apocalypse or launching a civilization of innovation and abundance that would make its creators immortal. Filled with marvelous characters, stories, and ideas, Digital Cash is an engaging and accessible account of the strange origins and remarkable technologies behind today's cryptocurrency explosion.

"Winner of the Bronze Medal in Business Technology, Axiom Business Book Awards"
Finn Brunton is associate professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. He is the author of Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet.