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  • The Blocksize War

  • The Battle for Control Over Bitcoin’s Protocol Rules
  • By: Jonathan Bier
  • Narrated by: Guy Swann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This book covers bitcoin’s blocksize war, which was waged from August 2015 to November 2017. On the surface, the battle was about the amount of data allowed in each bitcoin block, however it exposed much deeper issues, such as who controls bitcoin’s protocol rules. It is not possible to cover every twist and turn in the labyrinthine conflict or all the arguments, but I have provided a chronology of the most significant events. This book explores some of the major characters in the conflict and includes coverage, from both the front lines and behind the scenes, during some of the most acute phases of the struggle. The account in this book includes discussions with the key players from both sides during the war, exploring their motivations, strategy and thought processes as the exhausting campaign progressed and developed.

©2021 Jonathan Bier (P)2021 Jonathan Bier

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Learning from history

The Blocksize War is a very comprehensive and enjoyable recount of one of the most important phases in the history of bitcoin, written by someone who was at the centre of the action. Highly recommended!

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Amazing!!

This is the kind of bitcoin history I love to read.
Well written. Well read.
What a story.
What a time to be alive.
Get this. Listen to it. And thank your lucky stars that Bitcoiners are the intolerant minority who did not back down.

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awesome recap of history.

An amazing recap of historyas someone that was in the space at the time it's great to have some gaps filled in and to hear a recount that can be shared for new people entering the space. it's also a great educational piece on bitcoin scaling.

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  • J. Lawler
  • 13-06-2021

A Pleasure to Learn About

I admit I was looking forward to this book, but based on the kinda-lame cover art, I was expecting a so-so history at a "self-published" level of quality. I was extremely happy to be wrong.

Jonathan Bier is clearly a very smart guy -- not an author by trade, but this is a well-written book that would do any author proud. And he manages to do lots of things, each of which is difficult: 1) Keep track of lots of characters who appear/disappear over a number of years, 2) Make a deeply technical topic readable for a layperson, 3) Present a balanced perspective on the "war," rather than tilting the playing field in favor of the winners, and 4) Fitting the book into 21 chapters, a nice little hat-tip to Bitcoin's 21 million supply cap.

As someone who wasn't a bitcoiner during the time written about here, it was amazing to learn about the fairly epic struggles that took place just a few short years ago. It also redoubled my conviction about the intellectual depth of the Bitcoin ecosystem.

Even non-Bitcoin people will find this book a valuable complement to corporate strategy reading like "The Art of War" and its many business-as-war spin-offs.

Lastly, Guy Swann's narration is excellent as always.

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  • S. Teh
  • 13-08-2021

Great listen!

A wonderful content (thanks Jonathan) backed with amazing, smooth delivery (thanks Guy)! This is a must listen to any Bitcoin enthusiast.

Understanding the historical events of blocksize wars provides a deeper appreciation for the importance of decentralization in establishing consensus.

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  • Jacob Shanbrom
  • 10-08-2021

Amazing. Buy it.

Great read/listen. Very informative and good story teller. I greatly enjoyed the unbiased (as much as a human can be) representation of facts.

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  • Nikunj
  • 13-07-2021

The history of time tested coin

If you want to understand what Bitcoin has been through during the 2015-2017 block size war between large block supporters and small block supporters, this book covers from beginning to end of that war. In spite of knowing end of the story, it still manages to give thrill and goosebumps in some of those moments. There’s tons of detailed information about the events that I hadn’t read/heard from any other sources. Author has done fantastic job to keep it more factual and without any biases and personal opinions. Guy does fantastic job as usual on narration. I have both paper book and audible and I can’t recommend Audio version over paper for this book.

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  • WT
  • 23-06-2021

where there is money there is greed

The book helps fill in the drama and historical gaps that the internet may have but in a cohesive delivery.

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  • Kalan
  • 15-06-2021

Perfect

Easy to understand even if you aren’t super technical.
Just make sure you understand what block size means before you start

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  • Garrett M.
  • 09-06-2021

super interesting! some of it was hard to follow.

I loved hearing the story of how things played out from 2015 - 2017 for Bitcoin. THIS book is an absolute necessity for anyone who wants to have an opinion on Bitcoin.

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  • Nelson Carreras
  • 17-08-2021

Fascinating and entertaining!

I found this audiobook to be a fascinating, entertaining, balanced and well-narrated story. The war framing is engaging and does not compromise the accuracy of the historical facts. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-08-2021

A great story very well explained

Very interesting!

The book is technical so you need a love and knowledge of bitcoin to enjoy this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-08-2021

5 Stars: The book highly exceeded my expectations!

The book was written in such a compelling way that I simply couldn't stop listening.

I had to listen the whole book immediately.

It was really informative and interesting.

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