Easy money : cryptocurrency, casino capitalism, and the golden age of fraud / Ben McKenzie with Jacob Silverman.
At the height of the pandemic, TV star Ben McKenzie was the perfect mark for cryptocurrency: a dad stuck at home with some cash in his pocket, worried about his family, armed with only the vague notion that people were making heaps of money on something he--despite a degree in economics--didn't entirely understand. Lured in by grandiose/utopian promises, and sure, a little bit of FOMO, McKenzie dove deep into blockchain, Bitcoin, and the various other coins and exchanges on which they are traded. But after scratching the surface, he had to ask, "Am I crazy, or is this all a total scam?" In Easy Money, McKenzie enlists the help of journalist Jacob Silverman for an investigative adventure into crypto and its remarkable crash. Weaving together stories of average traders and victims, colorful crypto "visionaries," Hollywood's biggest true believers, anti-crypto whistleblowers, and government operatives, Easy Money is an on-the-ground look at a perfect storm of irresponsibility and criminal fraud. Based on original reporting across the country and abroad, including interviews with Sam Bankman-Fried, Tether cofounder Brock Pierce, Celsius's Alex Mashinsky, and more, this is the book on cryptocurrency you've been waiting for. -- Provided by publisher.
- ISBN: 9781419766398
- ISBN: 1419766392
- Physical Description: 289 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Publisher: New York : Abrams Press, an imprint of ABRAMS, 
- Copyright: ©2023
|Bibliography, etc. Note:||
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-282) and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:||
Money and lying -- What could possibly go wrong? -- Money printer go brrr -- Community -- SXSW, the CIA, and the
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