An interesting read, but for the most part a harried chronicling of people and trends (mostly people) in a hyper dynamic space. A lot of Nobel laureate name dropping (to which, to their credit, they admit!). Has the feel of someone trying to get a book out there to take advantage of the thirst for new insight. Some good brain candy.
Would have expected a better "primer" on how block chain actually works. Given the audience this tome appears aimed at, a few paragraphs ("How this worldwide ledger works") seems a bit under-serving - particularly for such an avowedly history-changing paradigm. Readers must understand this thing before trusting it, which for the most part is mysterious and geeky. Demystification would help move blockchain out of the comfort zone of PhD's into the realm of the mere unwashed (in which this reviewer sits). And nothing on the mystery surrounding Satoshi himself - what's up with that? Given that we're dealing with a new trust paradigm, doesn't the fact of his anonymity (existence?) not at least merit some comment?
Only part I would recommend is found at Chapter 10 "Showstopper issues"... Ironic, of course but best analysis is here!
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; 1 edition (26 May 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0241237858
- ISBN-13: 978-0241237854
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.6 x 23.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 481 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)