I am pleased to announce the release of my newest audiobook: The Book Of Satoshi: The Collected Writings of Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto by Phil Champagne, with a foreword by Jeff Berwick!
I really enjoyed narrating this book. It’s described in the intro as “bitcoin’s autobiography” and, having been interested in bitcoin myself since 2011, I agree with that description. This book contains public and private writings from bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, in the form of forum and mailing list posts, private emails, and of course the original whitepaper which describes bitcoin. There is also commentary by Phil Champagne on each discussion that Satoshi was involved in, as well as an introductory section to tie Satoshi’s writings together and explain what bitcoin is and how it works for those who are curious.
The things that stood out to me while I was reading this book mostly had to do with a new appreciation I gained for Satoshi and their work. (I use “they” as a gender-neutral pronoun, since Satoshi’s name is a pseudonym and the bitcoin creator’s true identity – or even whether it is a single person or a group of people – is not known.) Satoshi was incredibly thoughtful and did a truly remarkable job of painstakingly designing bitcoin to address every conceivable potential pitfall before it even became a problem. They were able to explain their reasoning and address questions from the cryptography community in a very clear and logical manner. But, besides the genius that enabled them to engineer bitcoin, other aspects of Satoshi’s personality also came through in their writing. Satoshi was, like many very intelligent people, shy – or at least very concerned about attracting attention that could prove a threat to their safety, perhaps very rightly so. Never during my reading did I get the sense that Satoshi undertook the bitcoin project to get rich or to assume the ring of power of a central banker. In fact, quite the opposite. I think Satoshi almost would have been bored with the idea of bitcoin as an investment, except from a high-level economic perspective. To Satoshi, bitcoin was a fascinating academic experiment.
There were signs, when bitcoin started to gain more traction in the mainstream, that Satoshi was growing more and more uncomfortable. Satoshi warned the early bitcoin community that if Wikileaks, which had its bank accounts extrajudicially frozen in late 2010, were to begin accepting bitcoin, it would prematurely attract the wrong kind of attention to bitcoin. I could clearly imagine the beads of sweat forming on Satoshi’s face when Gavin Andresen wrote to them that he was going to give a talk about bitcoin to the CIA… and even through those relatively impersonal forum posts and emails, I could also clearly see the thought process taking place where Satoshi realized that what began as a fascinating experiment had taken on a life of its own. Pandora’s box was open, and bitcoin was now out of Satoshi’s hands. Shortly after that last email from Gavin, Satoshi disappeared from public life.
Although the story of bitcoin is 100% true, The Book of Satoshi reads almost like a thriller novel. For those who were not there watching from the very beginning (which is most of us!) it is a real treat to go back in time to learn about the beginnings of one of the most disruptive technologies of our lifetimes, and to experience this important historical moment first hand, straight from the keyboard of Satoshi Nakamoto.
Hear a sample of the audiobook here:
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