Once a Bitcoin Miner: Scandal and Turmoil in the Cryptocurrency Wild West

Once a Bitcoin Miner: Scandal and Turmoil in the Cryptocurrency Wild West

Lou, Ethan

  • A map to the new frontier, and a rollicking ride across it

    Ethan Lou goes on an epic quest through the proverbial cryptocurrency Wild West, through riches, absurdity, wonder, and woe. From investing in Bitcoin in university to his time writing for Reuters, and then mining the digital asset ― Lou meets a co-founder of Ethereum and Gerald Cotten of QuadrigaCX (before he was reported dead), and hangs out in North Korea with Virgil Griffith, the man later arrested for allegedly teaching blockchain to the totalitarian state.

    Coming of age in the 2008 financial crisis, Lou’s generation has a natural affinity with this rebel internet money, this so-called millennial gold, created in the wake of that economic storm. At once an immersive narrative of adventure and fortune, Once a Bitcoin Miner is also a work of journalistic rigor. Lou examines this domain through the lens of the human condition, delving deep into the lives of the fast-talkers, the exiles, the ambitious, and the daring, forging their paths in a new world, harsh and unpredictable.


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  • Ethan Lou’s Field Notes from a Pandemic was named among the CBC’s best nonfiction of 2020. Lou has written in publications such as the Guardian and the Washington Post. He is a former Reuters reporter and has served as a visiting journalist at the University of British Columbia. Lou first bought Bitcoin in 2013. He lives in Toronto.

  • Published: October 2021

    ISBN: 9781770415393

    Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in.

    Pages: 272

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“Ethan’s Once a Bitcoin Miner offers a first-person account on one of the most fascinating periods in tech and finance, the Bitcoin boom. It’s a highly entertaining read for anyone who is looking to learn more about crypto without going into too much of the jargon or technical terms. Overall, it’s a fun story to read about the people behind the movement that’s revolutionizing money.” — Camila Russo, author of The Infinite Machine

“Lou’s book will immediately capture readers’ attention with its deep dive into legal and illegal uses of cryptocurrency.” — Library Journal

“Readers interested in an in-the-trenches view of the bitcoin world will appreciate Lou’s willingness to tell all.” — Publishers Weekly