In wide-ranging interview we talk to author Jimmy Song about his new book, the Little Bitcoin Book. Written by a collective of crypto thinkers, the book “tells the story of what’s wrong with money today, and why Bitcoin was invented to provide an alternative to the current system.”
“It describes in simple terms what Bitcoin is, how it works, why it’s valuable, and how it affects individual freedom and opportunities of people everywhere – from Nigeria to the Philippines to Venezuela to the United States,” wrote Song.
Interestingly, the book took just a few days to write. Song told CoinDesk the origin story, beginning with a meeting in Oslo.
“It really came together at the Oslo Freedom Forum earlier this year when a bunch of us that were in Bitcoin got together and we talk about possibly doing something like this,” he told Dale. “We wrote it in Redwood City, California. We rented a house and we each had our own bedrooms and bathrooms but we pretty much worked in the common areas. It was like four days.”
The book aims to make it easier to understand bitcoin in the context of real usage and real economies and Song hopes it will be an educational and helpful addition to the crypto canon. In fact, Song sees the book as a calling card for crypto.
“Say you just met someone at a dinner party and they don’t know much about Bitcoin. So you you have this book. What do you what do you tell this stranger that they might like The Little Bitcoin Book. That’s your elevator pitch,” he said.