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The Book of Satoshi: The Collected Writings of Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto

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Have you, like the rest of the world, speculated as to the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, anonymous creator of Bitcoin?

The world's first cryptocurrency, Bitcoin went online in 2009 and has since revolutionized our concepts of currency and money. Not supported by any government or central bank, completely electronic, Bitcoin is a virtual currency based on advanced cryptogra
Paperback, 394 pages
Published June 14th 2014 by E53 Publishing LLC
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Prakriti Regmi
As a novice with near to very little Bitcoin knowledge, reading this book required a lot of note-taking and re-readings of the same lines.

Starting off with an introduction to the peer-to-peer cryptocurrency, terminologies related to it, and then a basic explanation of the complete system, the book helped me quite understand the world of decentralization, and then the massive-massive role played by blockchain. It talks about blockchain, but not in a way elaborative enough- what I felt, as a newb
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooked
4.5 stars. Given all that has transpired with crypto this is a pretty amazing book. It puts you right back in the forums where the ideas about bitcoin were being "hashed" out, ha ha get it?

I've read and listened to countless podcasts on crypto, but I still got a lot out of this. Satoshi man, hats off to you, and thanks Phil for compiling this text.
Chris Esposo
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an essential collection of forum exchanges and writings of Bitcoin's founder Satoshi Nakamoto, written circa 2008-2010. Of the 3 books on Bitcoin, I've read thus far, including "Digital Gold", and "The Age of Cryptocurrency", this one is by far the most informative, focusing purely on the motivation and thinking behind the construction and early refinement of the Bitcoin architecture. The problem with many contemporary tellings of the Bitcoin story is many authors (mostly journalist) who ...more
Nguyen Canh Lich
Inside the genius mind of bitcoin’s creator

...not really...this book is more a collection of thought and debates that Satoshi himself made during the early days of Bitcoin. This book is for you to understand more about Bitcoin, how it works, how it scales, what its creator’s vision at the inception stage...and it’s awesome as always to read the thought of a genius...
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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The Book of Satoshi is the definitive collection of the writings of Satoshi Nakamoto, creator of Bitcoin. The invention of a frictionless, low fee, instant, censorship resistant and international digital cash system was the greatest of the 21st century. The idea t
Kyle Benzle
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, bitcoin

The Book of Satoshi is the definitive collection of the writings of Satoshi Nakamoto, creator of Bitcoin. The invention of a frictionless, low fee, instant, censorship resistant and international digital cash system was the greatest of the 21st century. The idea that money could be sent anywhere, anytime for next to no cost and instantaneously captured the imagination of a generation of young tech enthusiast, students of economics and digital natives, for whom an on-line currency made perfect se
Khaled Al-Ansari
Sep 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I bought the audio version of this book and my review is based on that.

I was looking for a book to understand the basics of blockchain in general and bitcoin in specific in a time where everybody was describing the technology according to their own view which not the right way to learn.

This book provided what I need by presenting the original posts and discussions on the features and concepts related to Bitcoin and Blockchain, it was fun to know the history of the bitcoin along with
Jaime Villasenor
You wanted to know about Satoshi Nakamoto, well this "book" presents in an orderly manner many of his blog entries. The material covers from late 2008 to late 2010, which was the period in which Satoshi had a "public" life. The author gives some context to his writings which is worth something. I also was looking for an accompanying audio version (this book has it), but it is hardly a book from my point of view. If you are really interested in the topic, it is worth your time. If you want a colo ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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If you are interested in Bitcoin, and the thought process that went into it, this is one of the primary books you should add to your collection. Champagne has selected a series of the Bitcoin creators posts on Bitcoin as he was releasing the beta source code. An individual who has remained private despite the explosion in Bitcoin's popularity and value, he went by the name Satoshi Nakamoto. His posts are incredibly lucid and thoughtful regarding the nascent cryptocurrency, and what it was design ...more
Trevor Mulaa
Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: computer-science
In retrospect this is the first book about Bitcoin I should have read though non technical people will find some if not most parts to be unwelcoming. I first got interested in blockchains in 2014 and I thought they were going to change the world but the more I read the more I realized there is no talking about blockchains without Bitcoin. You need to understand Bitcoin and it's implications for the future in order to understand blockchains and the promise that it holds. Simply put Bitcoin is a c ...more
Daniel Barenboim
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
It is what it is.
Simply all the collected writings and conversations relevant to Satoshi and Bitcoin.
Teaches quite a bit but perhaps a book that is more linear would work better.
Learning Bitcoin from the basics, up.

If you are new to bitcoin, I believe there are other books that would help answer your questions more effectively and in an organized manner.
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The closest thing Bitcoin can have to a genesis story. Great explanations diving into Satoshi's thought processes and concerns with the fledgling Bitcoin. Would highly recommended to anyone that is interested in Bitcoin.
Scott Jann
Nov 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I came to bitcoin after Satoshi left the scene, it was interesting to look back at the early days to learn more about its origins.
Prashan Nimalan
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Very insightful and interesting however, don't get the audio book version - certain aspects would have served better actually reading
Donald Sherer
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a good read but is somewhat technical and definitely not for someone looking for a light and easy read. It does answer a lot of questions about Bitcoin and blockchain technology.
Phil L.
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: technology, code, history
Already historical. Incredibly enlightening on the making of cryptocurrency.
Brian Fediuk
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Must read for anyone who is getting into Bitcoin or crypto. These conversations played a huge part in the foundation of Bitcoin.
Alexander Gaigole
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would recommend to get to learn about bitcoin first and then come to read this, this way you will be to savor this book more...
David Zhang
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: not-finished
TLDR A well organized collection of Satoshi's writings, but author commentary is sometimes detracting
Zachary Lysobey
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: technology
I'd say this is a worthwhile read for anyone working in the blockchain space, or trying otherwise to understand the history of Bitcoin and put it in context. Otherwise, probably not that interesting.
mistersplice (Nick Manteris)
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
The most fascinating aspect regarding Satoshi is how the concept of Bitcoin sprang almost fully-formed from his mind. These collected writings make that obvious.
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Uno diría usualmente que no necesita esta clase de libros para entender mejor como funciona bitcoin o como su creador se ha movido durante su vida pública pero a decir verdad, es necesario. Lo qu ehace genial a este libro es que Phil se encarga de editar cronologicamente los acontecimientos y le da un cuerpo comprensible a cualquier persona que quiera entender quien(es) es(son) Satoshi Nakamoto y el impacto del trabajo que hizo/hicieron con bitcoin.

Recomiendo este libro de cabeza, excelente inve
Taylor Pearson
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cryptocurrency
Exactly what it says it is: a selection including most of Satoshi Nakamoto’s emails on the cypherpunk mailing list and Bitcoin forums.

Though it is flawed in some ways, I quite like the analogizing of Bitcoin to the founding of America. If the white paper is the Constitution then the he/she/they that is Satoshi is the founding father/mother(s).

That makes The Book of Satoshi, something like the Federalist Papers which argued in favor of the Constitution. Just as we debate today what the founding f
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
An interesting set of posts on (mostly) public forums by the creator of bitcoin, that provide additional insight on the rational behind the options that were taken while comming up with this revolutionary invention.

This should not be the first book your read on this subject as it assumes some prior knowledge on bitcoin and blockchain (for the technically oriented "Mastering Bitcoin" is a better option), but if it is you should start by reading Satoshi's paper which is included as an appendix wit
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
really cool to read satoshi in his own words. i didn't pick up on any of the British word usage people say he used. the editor did a good job of explaining each topic before presenting the words of satoshi on it. great to read the original white paper at the end too.
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