Making money in 2023 can be surprisingly tricky business. Should we be investing in crypto? Does the post-pandemic economy work the same as it once did?
If questions like these keep you up at night, we have good news: a handful of brand new books offer a variety of insightful answers. Find out for yourself by checking out the five essential reads below.
The End of Reality: How Four Billionaires Are Selling a Fantasy Future of the Metaverse, Mars, and Crypto
By Jonathan Taplin
A brilliant takedown and exposé of the great con job of the 21st century—the metaverse, crypto, space travel, transhumanism—being sold by four billionaires (Peter Thiel, Mark Zuckerberg, Marc Andreesen, Elon Musk), leading to the degeneration and bankruptcy of our society. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Jonathan Taplin, in the Next Big Idea App
Gonzo Capitalism: How to Make Money in an Economy That Hates You
By Chris Guillebeau
Gonzo Capitalism is your field guide to the new rules of money, where any and everything is for sale. In it, you’ll learn how capitalize on today’s technology and platforms to turn your time, talents, and creativity into income—on your own terms. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Chris Guillebeau, in the Next Big Idea App
The Phoenix Economy: Work, Life, and Money in the New Not Normal
By Felix Salmon
An award-winning journalist presents a tour-de-force analysis—drawing from history, economics, sociology, and popular culture—of the profound and transformative years of the early 2020s, both for individuals and for the global economy. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Felix Salmon, in the Next Big Idea App
The Cryptopians: Idealism, Greed, Lies, and the Making of the First Big Cryptocurrency Craze
By Laura Shin
The recent growth of crypto would have been all but impossible if not for a brilliant young man named Vitalik Buterin and his creation: Ethereum. In this book, a tech journalist takes readers inside the founding of this novel cryptocurrency network. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Laura Shin, in the Next Big Idea App
Cloudmoney: Cash, Cards, Crypto, and the War for Our Wallets
By Brett Scott
An economic anthropologist takes us to the front lines of a war for our wallets that is also about our freedom, from marketing strategies against cash to the weaponization of COVID-19 to push fintech platforms, and from there to the rise of the cryptocurrency rebels and fringe groups pushing back. Listen to our Book Bite summary, read by author Brett Scott, in the Next Big Idea App
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With the Next Big Idea App, we’ve turned this fantasy into a reality. We partnered with hundreds of acclaimed authors to create “Book Bites,” short audio summaries of the latest nonfiction that are prepared and read aloud by the authors themselves. Discover cutting-edge leadership skills, productivity hacks, the science of happiness and well-being, and much more—all in the time it takes to drive to work or walk the dog.
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