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Bitcoin Billionaires by Ben Mezrich

Bitcoin Billionaires

by Ben Mezrich

Quick take

A dummy’s guide to cryptocurrency and the high-rolling twins making it mainstream.

Why it’s worth it

For several months, I tried and failed to wrap my head around bitcoin. I read articles about the currency, but couldn't comprehend how it had no physical existence. I grilled tech-savvy friends, but didn’t get how computers “competed” to validate transactions. I even read a made-for-kids introduction to cryptocurrency … but still, I found myself scratching my head. It wasn’t until I read Ben Mezri...


Ben Mezrich's 2009 bestseller The Accidental Billionaires is the definitive account of Facebook's founding and the basis for the Academy Award-winning film The Social Network. Two of the story's iconic characters are Harvard students Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss: identical twins, Olympic rowers, and foils to Mark Zuckerberg. Bitcoin Billionaires is the story of the brothers' redemption and revenge...