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175 of 188 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly harmless, May 21, 2016
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Peter L (Seattle, WA, United States) - See all my reviews
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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... Read more

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great "vision" book for understanding what blockchain technologies can do, July 19, 2017
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This review is from: Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World (Hardcover)
This is a great "vision" book for understanding what blockchain technologies (shared immutable ledgers, smart contracts, cryptocurrencies, etc.) can do for us as a society. The authors cover reinventing business, governments, commerce, etc. very well via blockchain-enabled efforts. The discussions are deep enough to be genuinely thought-provoking.
Be aware that the book does approach the problems from a very liberal perspective. We're constantly reminded that lots of people are disenfranchised by governments and big business (third-parties), for example, and you don't get too much defense of existing third-party systems that actually work well.
The details of how blockchain itself works are not discussed in any detail, so if you are looking for this kind of info, look elsewhere.
I do have 2 big criticisms:
1. The authors hold the distinct belief that if we just make data (like the kinds of data managed by big corporations and governments) transparent... Read more

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent overview of blockchain protocol, history and use ..., January 21, 2018
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This review is from: Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World (Hardcover)
A decent overview of blockchain protocol, history and use cases. Perhaps a little too preachy/repetitive, and often makes conclusory statements without adequate support or attention to risks.

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