- xviii, 286 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Contents: Money -- Primitive moneys -- Monetary metals -- Government money -- Money and time preference -- Capitalism's information system -- Sound money and individual freedom -- Digital money -- What is Bitcoin good for? -- Bitcoin questions.Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-281) and index.Summary: Ten years after its introduction, the upstart autonomous decentralized software known as Bitcoin offers an unstoppable and globally-accessible hard money alternative to modern central banks. Ammous analyzes the historical context to the rise of Bitcoin, the economic properties that have allowed it to grow quickly, and its likely economic, political, and social implications. He shows how Bitcoin shifts the pendulum of sovereignty away from governments in favor of individuals, offering us the tantalizing possibility of a world where money is fully extricated from politics and unrestrained by borders.