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The Synopsis

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I have called this book, 'Bitcoin - the Future of Money?' Really, I should have called it, 'Crypto-currency - the Future of Money?' Bitcoin is the first of many 'crypto-currencies' - but it is the one that people know.

And, yes, I'm all too aware of the falls in price since we recorded the video!

'Only a crisis, real or perceived, produces real change,' said the economist Milton Friedman.

In 2008 we got the crisis but rather than take the opportunity to make the changes we so badly needed, politicians, under the influence of bankers, chose instead to create money on a scale unprecedented in human history and keep our bankrupt system going.

But at the same time, in a dark corner of the internet, a website was registered by a computer programmer called Satoshi Nakamoto – bitcoin.org. Two weeks later he published a white paper outlining the design for a new 'peer-to-peer electronic cash system, completely decentralized with no server or central authority'.

'It might make sense just to get some in case it catches on,' said Satoshi in his typically understated way. Oh, how right he was.

A year later the first bitcoin exchange rate was published. There were 1,309 bitcoins to the dollar. When I looked last week, there were about a thousand dollars to the bitcoin. Somebody who bought a bitcoin then and held would have made a million times their money!

Bitcoin is a new form of money. Electronic cash. Transactions can take place instantly, anywhere in the world, at no cost, without the need for banks. It has the potential to change the way we transact.

But there's more to it than that. With bitcoin, suddenly the monopoly that governments and banks have on money is no more. That is the basis of the change we so badly need. Bitcoin has the potential to change the world.

Or is it just a bubble? Or, worse, a scam?

My new book tells the story of bitcoin. I explain what it is and how it came about. I’ve secured exclusive interviews with some of the key players in bitcoin’s development, including bitcoin’s number 2. I examine some of the mysteries behind bitcoin - Who Is Satoshi Nakamoto? What are Cypherpunks? I explain how it works and consider whether you should you own some and how. And I consider the vast potential economic, political and social implications. For example, if the United States government loses its control of money - how does it pay or its army?

You’ll be funding what I hope will be the first book on bitcoin from a recognized publisher. I’m determined that it’s the first book on this subject, and with that in mind so we’re working hard to make a swift journey from pitch to publication, hopefully even before the end of spring.

So please pledge and help make this book happen.

Bitcoin – The Future Of Money?

The Excerpt

'Informal Bitcoin get-together,' says the link I've been texted. 'Saturday 1pm to 4pm. Meet under the blue awning at St James Square in Spitalfields.'

I arrive about 1.45. There is no blue awning. But fifty or so people are milling under a white one. It's bitterly cold.

'Ask me,' says a sticker on the coat of a young chap with a bowler hat. So I do.

Yes, this is the Bitcoin get-together.

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The Reviews

This book has 2 reviews with an average rating of 5 stars.

This really is an excellent book and follow up to Life After the State. In the first book Frisby argues so convincingly that bigger government and state meddling in the minutiae of our lives is not good. It wasn't always like this and pre welfare state the poor were taken care of thru friendly societies... (read more)
The book is concise, complete, correct, entertaining, and a very good introduction to what Bitcoin is all about. If you are confused about Bitcoin, this will make it all clear. If you already know about Bitcoin, there are some good stories you won't have heard before, some interesting history you... (read more)

The Author

Dominic Frisby is a comedian from London but his first book, Life After The State, has nothing to do with comedy. It is a deadly serious dismantling of the way societies are run in the west, outlining the damage governments unknowingly do to their people, with simple suggestions about how things can be vastly improved.

Dominic writes an investment column for MoneyWeek and has written and produced numerous short films and videos, including the viral hit Debt Bomb. His script-writing ranges from episodes of the kids' show Roary the Racing Car to the feature documentary The Four Horsemen, about the global financial crisis. He is a frequent speaker on gold and money on television, radio and at conferences.

As a comedian he is described as 'viciously funny and inventive' by the Guardian; 'masterful' by the Evening Standard; and 'great comedy talent' by Chortle.co.uk.

Day-to-day he is found trotting about the sound studios of London, voicing everything from BBC nature documentaries to zombies in Hollywood blockbusters.

He has also worked as a TV presenter, a boxing-ring announcer, a florist, a removal man, an extremely camp theatrical agent's PA, a sports commentator and a busker.

Bitcoin - The Future Of Money? is his second book.

Praise for Life After The State:

'Dominic Frisby has gone and done something extraordinary: written a page-turner on the economy,' James Harding, BBC Director of News and Current Affairs.

'A brilliant book - it will do more good than all my speeches in parliament,' Steve Baker, MP.

'It’s incredibly readable and incredibly thought-provoking,' Al Murray, the Pub Landlord.

The Rewards

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  • Format: Paper Back
  • ISBN: 978-1-78352-077-0
  • Published: 11/2014
  • Format: Paper Back
  • ISBN: 978-1-78352-077-0
  • Published: 11/2014
  • Format: Paper Back
  • ISBN: 978-1-78352-077-0
  • Published: 11/2014