Light Nonfiction in Review: Bitcoin Billionaires

July 22, 2019 Uncategorized 3 ★★★

Light Nonfiction in Review: Bitcoin BillionairesTitle: Bitcoin Billionaires: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption
Author: Ben Mezrich
Source: from publisher for review
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads

Summary: A fun, light read that could make a great movie, but has little substance.

After a legal battle to receive recognition for their contribution to Facebook’s founding, the Winklevoss twins were treated as pariahs in Silicon Valley. They still believed in their ability to develop a successful tech startup though and eventually found an intriguing new idea to invest in with bitcoin. Not only did they invest in a startup, the poured their own money into bitcoin. This gave them front row seats during the development of this technology, from criminal prosecutions to the development of new regulations.

This was a fun read, covering events that felt made for the movies. The author did a great job explaining simply how bitcoin works and covering the most important events in the origin story of crytpocurrency. It was also an interesting peek into the world of wealthy tech entrepreneurs. However, this was almost exclusively a fun read, not a thoughtful one. The writing was relatively simple. The author talked a little about the philosophies of the people involved in bitcoin, but didn’t have anything interesting to say about the future of the technology himself. It was also clear that he felt bad for the way he portrayed the Winklevoss twins in the first book and this book felt a bit like Winklevoss PR, with the author trying to make up for his original take on the twins. I enjoyed this, but it wasn’t as thoughtful as I prefer my nonfiction to be.

3 Responses to “Light Nonfiction in Review: Bitcoin Billionaires”

  1. Lou

    Shame that this wasn’t as thoughtful as you were hoping – based on your summary, do you think that it was written specifically to be turned into a film? It annoys me when I get that feeling while I’m reading a book.

    • DoingDewey

      That’s a great question! I wouldn’t be surprised if it was written with a film in mind, given that the author’s previous book was made into a movie.

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