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The Bitcoin Standard

The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking
Lu par : James Fouhey
Durée : 11 h et 16 min
Catégories : Argent et finance
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When a pseudonymous programmer introduced “a new electronic cash system that’s fully peer-to-peer, with no trusted third party” to a small Online mailing list in 2008, very few paid attention. Ten years later, and against all odds, this upstart autonomous decentralized software offers an unstoppable and globally-accessible hard money alternative to modern central banks. The Bitcoin Standard analyzes the historical context to the rise of bitcoin, the economic properties that have allowed it to grow quickly, and its likely economic, political, and social implications. 

While bitcoin is a new invention of the digital age, the problem it purports to solve is as old as human society itself: transferring value across time and space. Ammous takes the listener on an engaging journey through the history of technologies performing the functions of money, from primitive systems of trading limestones and seashells, to metals, coins, the gold standard, and modern government debt. Exploring what gave these technologies their monetary role, and how most lost it, provides the listener with a good idea of what makes for sound money, and sets the stage for an economic discussion of its consequences for individual and societal future-orientation, capital accumulation, trade, peace, culture, and art. Compellingly, Ammous shows that it is no coincidence that the loftiest achievements of humanity have come in societies enjoying the benefits of sound monetary regimes, nor is it coincidental that monetary collapse has usually accompanied the collapse of a civilization. 

With this background in place, the book moves on to explain the operation of bitcoin in a functional and intuitive way. Bitcoin is a decentralized, distributed piece of software that converts electricity and processing power into indisputably accurate records, thus allowing its users to utilize the Internet to perform the traditional functions of money without having to rely on, or trust, any authorities or infrastructure in the physical world. Bitcoin is thus best understood as the first successfully implemented form of digital cash and digital hard money. With an automated and perfectly predictable monetary policy, and the ability to perform final settlement of large sums across the world in a matter of minutes, Bitcoin’s real competitive edge might just be as a store of value and network for final settlement of large payments - a digital form of gold with a built-in settlement infrastructure. 

Ammous’ firm grasp of the technological possibilities as well as the historical realities of monetary evolution provides for a fascinating exploration of the ramifications of voluntary free market money.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

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  • eric olszewski
  • 11/08/2018

Good Austrian economics, poorly presented

great dialogue and a convincing story, but it was astonishingly redundant and stressed the same points throughout (which is fine, to a degree). I much more appreciated the general economics information than anything else

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  • PG
  • 22/06/2018

Must read

This book is a must read for everyone interested in economics, finance or politics. Bitcoin will change the world as we know it today.

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  • Mihir Patel
  • 20/01/2020

Extrapolation Crazy, need another book on bitcoin

This guy makes crazy assumptions about the present as to why art is the way it is from economics. I’ve never heard of someone so thick headed that their opinions bleed their own biases into what was supposed to be researched writing. Anyone can go on and make up explanations that sound right.

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  • stenver
  • 21/12/2019

book is a subjective opinion of random person

lots of invalid facts, conviniently forgetting to mention important things and lots of topics where is clear the author has no idea what he is talking about

it's like listening somebody talk drunk in bar and connecting random dots in history while leaving out many important dots

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  • bk
  • 17/01/2020

Interesting but not convincing

This book is useful to know the limitations of Bitcoin and I don't think I want to use it after reading this book.

Who want to mind Bitcoin when Bitcoin does not generate any new coins?
What happens when nobody is maintaining Bitcoin blocks?

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  • Sean
  • 12/07/2018

instant classic

The only book that I have purchased in both print and audible format. Of the books I listen to repeatedly, this book will stand alone for the foreseeable future. Years of common Bitcoin lore backed up by a history of economics and statistics reveal why and how it is unlikely that I will ever see Bitcoin dethroned.

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  • hrobbins
  • 03/07/2018

Must read.

Might be an artifact of the translation into audiobook, but I noticed a lot of repetition and belaboring points. Also a clear bit of bias at points and what occasionally felt like adhominem attacks. Overall though, it's probably the best overall analysis of the potential and pitfalls of bitcoin and blockchain technology I've seen in one place.

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  • Cleber O.
  • 26/06/2018

the best economic of money

the best economic review about money ever created with history and very good explanation what is bitcoin.

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  • AW
  • 23/06/2018

A Must Read for Anyone Investing in Cryptocurrency

The most clear and compelling argument for Bitcoin Maximalists to date. A must read for anyone investing in cryptocurrency.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30/07/2018

Bit monotone but great info

audio speaker is a bit monotone and can drone on. info however is very good for anyone looking to invest in bitcoin or looking for info on it.

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  • Cypher
  • 28/08/2019

A little too detailed

The Bitcoin Standard is a great book, I would consider it as the standard reference if you want to understand Bitcoin. The book describes everything about the history of money, the fault in the fiat money system, until the rise of Bitcoin in very high detail, probably a little too detailed. Some parts sound like they repeat what has already been said. Nevertheless very recommendable.

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  • Frank
  • 03/10/2018

inkl. Geschicht über das geldsystem

Für meinen Geschmack zu weit ausgeholt in Richtung geldsystem und zu wenig über den Bitcoin selbst.

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