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Introducing Number Go Up: Inside Crypto's Wild Rise and Staggering Fall

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This week on Brazen Presents, Project Brazen co-founder Tom Wright talks with Zeke Faux about his investigation into the wild world of crypto, and his new book on the subject, Number Go Up.

In 2021, cryptocurrency entered the mainstream. Investment funds were buying it, celebrities were endorsing it. But Zeke, an investigative reporter, couldn't help questioning – what if it was all just a confidence game of epic proportions? In Number Go Up, he shares the story of his global quest to try and answer this question – and how, in 2022, he had a front row set when the bubble suddenly burst.

In this episode, Zeke and Tom sit discuss some of the book's crazy details and the ultra-wealthy characters he came across during his investigation, including former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried, now on trial for fraud, conspiracy and money laundering, the shadowy Tether exec Giancarlo Devasini, and Celsius founder Alex Mashinsky, recently charged with charged with fraud and market manipulation by US authorities.

Number Go Up is out now, and available at all good bookshops.