Mentioned in Dispaches

Alan W. Brown, Professor in Digital Economy at the University of Exeter Business School, has written a very kind review of this book in his newsletter.

His masterful storytelling of the history of money reveals a great deal about what society values, how people exchange value, and why these matter in a digital economy. Dave describes the journey as we move from a physical notion of money (“money as atoms”) to digital representations of physical money (“money as bits about atoms”) to digital money (“money as bits”).

One of his key observations is that this shift is not simply a change in the medium. It is a more fundamental reorientation of our view of value and exchange of value. Emerging digital approaches to money such as peer-to-peer exchange using mobile wallets and digital currency alternatives such as bitcoin are ways of expressing who we trust, what we value, and how we view risk. His vision for the future of money looks more like a digital version of past approaches using myriad local currency solutions that reflect our trust network rather than a digital version of today’s centrally controlled approach. Fascinating stuff and essential reading to understand our digital future.

Yet another reason to subscribe to his weekly Dispatches about the digital economy!

One of the Best!

The website Biblio-Fiend have listed their nine best books about the future of money and I cannot help but be a little flattered to find out that this book is one of them! Here’s the full list:

The Currency Cold War by D. Birch (LPP:2020).

Blockchain Bubble or Revolution by  N. Mehta, A. Agasha & P. Detroja (Paravane: 2019).

The Future of Finance by H. Arslanian & F. Fischer (Palgrave Macmillian: 2019).

Beyond Blockchain by E. Townsend (2018).

Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin.

The Internet of Money volumes 1-3 by A. Antonopoulos (CreateSpace: 2016).

Personal Currency by R. Colbourn & A. Riegelmann (Lionhead: 2016).

The Age of Cryptocurrency by M. Casey and P. Vigna (Macmillan:2015).

How Would You Like To Pay by B. Maurer (Duke University Press: 2015).

Needless to say, I was very flattered to be in such good company!

Table of Contents

Here’s the full table of contents for the revised paperback edition of Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin.

Part I
The Past: Money That We Understand

Chapter 1, Money is a technology

Chapter 2, 1066 and all that

Chapter 3, Money and markets

Chapter 4, Crises and progress

Part II
The Present: Money That We Think We Understand

Chapter 5, Goodbye Pony Express

Chapter 6, Consumer technology

Chapter 7, Moving to mobile

Chapter 8, The case against cash

Chapter 9, Why keep cash?

Chapter 10, Thinking about the cashless economy

Chapter 11, After the gold rush

Part III
The Future: Money That Understands Us

Chapter 12, Seeds of the future

Chapter 13, Counting on cryptography

Chapter 14, Who will make money?

Chapter 15, Reimagining money

Chapter 16, Back to the future

Chapter 17, The next money

Coda: The Story of Money

Appendix: around the cashless world.