PRAISE FOR THE GENESIS BOOK
"Why is Bitcoin so different from its predecessors? This book sheds light on the *problems* which vexed smart, hardworking people in the pre-Bitcoin era. That is the right way to tell a technology story. All of the important problems are included, and they're all in the proper order. The best Bitcoin book yet written."
"Until now you could find many books about Bitcoin, but none that covered its multifaceted cultural background in a complete, systematic, and elegant way. Aaron van Wirdum, already famous for his ability to accurately convey subtle technical matters to a generalist audience, just wrote it. A must-read if you want to understand where Bitcoin came from."
"I long suspected that van Wirdum was bitcoin’s best historian, and this page turner proves it. It’s a tour de force.
The Genesis Book is a highly readable and essential history, revealing the many causal connections between Viennese Classical Liberalism, the Anglo-Saxon Cypherpunk movement, and the advent of bitcoin.
Whereas other books on the industry have tended to focus on headline-making entrepreneurs, van Wirdum has the technical chops to dig under the surface and correctly identify the brilliant figures who built the foundations on top of which the bitcoin edifice was eventually engineered.
Over the course of 16 dense chapters, The Genesis Book combines the kind of in-depth research and philosophical connections that one could only expect from an industry veteran (Van Wirdum was one of the first writers to ever gain employment in the bitcoin industry), with the engaging prose you’d look for in a respected periodical.
One cannot understand bitcoin without studying its extraordinary origins, and I’m thrilled this book exists to bring that knowledge to a wide audience."