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Easy Money

By: Ben McKenzie, Jacob Silverman - contributor
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INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From a famous actor and an experienced journalist, a wildly entertaining debunking of cryptocurrency, one of the greatest frauds in history and on course for a spectacular crash.

At the height of the pandemic, TV star Ben McKenzie (The O.C., Gotham) was the perfect mark for cryptocurrency: a dad stuck at home with some cash in his pocket, worried about his family, armed with only the vague notion that people were making heaps of money on something he—despite a degree in economics—didn’t entirely understand. Lured in by the promise of taking power from banks, possibly improving democracy, and sure, a touch of FOMO, McKenzie dove deep into blockchain, Bitcoin, and the various other coins and exchanges on which they are traded. But after scratching the surface, he had to ask, “Am I crazy, or is this all a total scam?” 

In Easy Money, McKenzie enlists the help of journalist Jacob Silverman for a caper and exposé that points in shock to the climactic final days of cryptocurrency now upon us. Weaving together stories of average traders and victims, colorful crypto “visionaries,” Hollywood’s biggest true believers, anti-crypto whistleblowers, and government agents searching for solutions at the precipice of a major crash, Easy Money is an on-the-ground look at a perfect storm of 2008 Housing Bubble-level irresponsibility and criminal fraud potentially ten times more devastating than Bernie Madoff.

©2023 Ben McKenzie,Jacob Silverman (P)2023 Spotify Audiobooks

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Exposing crypto for the crap show it is

Tried really hard not to finish the audiobook as quickly as I did but I was enjoying it so much! This book had such Michael Lewis vibes and Ben is a great narrator. I only hope that it is not true that Micheal Lewis has drunk from the crypto Kool Aid too.

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Great overview of the crypto market

A great first book outing for Ben McKenzie. Given what is currently playing out in the crypto market this book is fresh and very up to date. A recommended read for anyone wanting to understand the risks in the crypto market and what it has in common with other failed investments and Ponzi schemes.

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Thoroughly enjoyed this.

This is book is an excellent book that lays out the facts using great storytelling (Ben McKenzie is a fabulous narrator, and his collaboration with Jacob Silverman is dynamite).

Would definitely read any other investigations that they tackle!

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Crypto laid bare

The book is beautifully exposes the fundamental scams of crypto and the players at the table. Ben narration is calm, concise and reviving. I only wish my review was up to the same standard.

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Fantastic Listen

This book is a fantastic overview of the crypto scam industry. Ben is a fabulous narrator and storyteller. It's funny and interesting and approachable. Highly recommend whether you know a lot about crypto or nothing at all.

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Thorough breakdown of the crypto con

I'd enjoyed Ben's tweets and public criticism of crypto, particularly given the number of celebrities lending their name and image to promoting it, so was looking forward to this book.
Accessible, empathetic and methodical, Ben and Jacob's systemic disassembly of the factors that propped up this con over the last 5 years or so shows how hubris, incompetence and greed were rife throughout the industry.

Bonus points awarded for the Talladega Nights reference.

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Excellent narration, great book

Engaging, informative & interesting
Bens skills really shine in his gripping narration of this well researched book

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Confirms What Many of us Suspected

This wouldn’t have been possible without Ben’s celebrity. The interviews he got from some of the bad actors were purely because they thought he wasn’t a threat. I really enjoyed this and love the analogy of The Emperor’s New Clothes. Making money from NFTs, crypto, property in the meta verse, sports betting etc truely are just games for the devious few to unload the unsuspecting of real life cash. Governments around the world need to wake up and protect those who can’t protect themselves.

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Great book

Inspired to begin work on detailing my own experiences in the crypto sector. Ugh it’s more horrible then the headline stories.

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Wow Just Wow

Ben McKenzie’s investigation into and expose of crypto currency is extraordinary and heartbreaking. So so many people have been caught up in this too good to be true scheme and to hear it laid bare in laymen’s terms, it’s incomprehensible that regulators across the planet failed to step in. Their inaction is unforgivable as are the actions of those who touted this get rich quick scheme. This is a must read.

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