Satoshi Nakamoto’s seminal bitcoin white paper was published ten years ago today. Here, to mark the anniversary, we publish an excerpt from Brian Patrick Eha’s How Money Got Free: Bitcoin and the Fight for the Future of Finance, a narrative history of bitcoin’s early years.
A feeble man can see the farms that are fenced and tilled, the houses that are built. The strong man sees the possible houses and farms. His eye makes estates, as fast as the sun breeds clouds. —Ralph Waldo Emerson