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Before Babylon, Beyond Bitcoin: From Money that We Understand to Money that Understands Us (Perspectives) Hardcover – 15 Jun. 2017

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"David Birch brings out in rich and lucid detail the full historical journey money has been undertaking and the technological revolutions it has encountered en route. Historical scholars, technologists, monetary economists and policy makers will all find something in here to hold their attention, to reshape their view of history or technology, finance or policy." - From the foreword by Andrew Haldane, Chief Economist of the Bank of England and member of the Monetary Policy Committee --.

"This is a book I'm proud to endorse, not only because it's well written, funny and full of great facts and history, but because the author is about the smartest guy on the planet when it comes to the future of money." - From the foreword by Brett King, author of Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane

"During the past decade, we have witnessed an explosion in new forms of money, in which the social fabric of money itself is being transformed in some very profound ways. Birch tells the complex story of technology's role in these transformations. His analysis is wide-ranging and comprehensive, stretching back to the temples of Babylon and looking ahead to a monetary landscape that will be dominated by digital technology but organized by various local, regional and global communities. This is a 'back to the future' look at money that is hard-headed, insightful, entertaining and accessible. It is a brilliant book, a tour de force that should be read by anyone who is interested in the past, present and future of money." - Nigel Dodd, Professor of Sociology at LSE and author of The Social Life of Money

"Taking a journey through the past and future of money with David Birch is not only eye-opening, it's immensely entertaining. You get Milton Friedman mixed with Bill Bryson. With money undergoing one of its periodic paradigm shifts, I can't think of a better guide than Birch for navigating this exciting yet highly disruptive moment." - Michael J. Casey, co-author of The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain are Challenging the Global Economic Order

"Marvellous. A deeply researched and brilliant synthesis of history, technology and futurology, and a worthy follow-up to Birch's pioneering 2014 book on identity as the new money." - Kenneth Rogoff, Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics at Harvard University

"David Birch knows his stuff. His writing, as well as being on the pulse of fintech, is always diced with fantastically obscure stories from history, so it never fails to be both witty and informed. You, the reader, are simultaneously entertained and educated. What more could you want from a book?" - Dominic Frisby, author of Bitcoin – The Future of Money?

"Whether you agree with his controversial predictions or not, David's fascinating tale of the interrelationship between technology and money is required reading for those interested in either or both of them." - Alastair Lukies CBE, Chair of Innovate Finance and the Prime Minister's Business Ambassador for Fintech

About the Author

Dave Birch is an internationally recognized thought leader in digital money and digital identity. He is a director of Consult Hyperion, a technical and strategic consultancy that specializes in electronic transactions. He is the author of Identity is the New Money

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5.0 out of 5 stars From there he distills the key themes around what makes them useful such as use as a medium of exchange
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