Easy Money

Cryptocurrency, Casino Capitalism, and the Golden Age of Fraud


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


ISBN: 9781419766398 Category:

Ben McKenzie, Jacob Silverman


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.

Additional information

Weight 508 g
Dimensions 15.9 x 23.5 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 22 August 2023
Number of pages 320
Format Hardback
Dimensions 15.9 x 23.5 cm
Weight 508 g


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Ben McKenzie has been a fixture on TV for more than two decades, first capturing audiences in the pop culture phenomenon The O.C. Recently, he played the lead role on Fox’s hit series Gotham, for which he also directed and wrote episodes. In 2020, he starred in Grand Horizons, which received a Tony Award nomination for Best New Play. McKenzie graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in economics and foreign affairs.
Jacob Silverman is a journalist in New York who writes about tech, crypto, and politics. He is the author of Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, the Washington Post, and many other publications.