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5 books to help you get started right with cryptocurrencies

The cryptocurrency revolution is well underway. It is never too late to start, but now more than ever it is vital to start right. What better way to get to grips on the world of cryptocurrencies than read a book or two. Let’s take a look at some of the best of the best to help you enter the future, as well as understand the philosophy behind the revolution underway. 

Here are 5 excellent books to help you get started right with cryptocurrencies:

1. “Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money” by Nathaniel Popper

“A New York Times technology and business reporter charts the dramatic rise of Bitcoin and the fascinating personalities who are striving to create a new global money for the Internet age. Digital Gold is New York Times reporter Nathaniel Popper’s brilliant and engrossing history of Bitcoin, the landmark digital money and financial technology that has spawned a global social movement.”

Digital Gold is a comprehensive tale about the birth and growth of Bitcoin and blockchain technology. Entertaining, well written and thorough – it is also a good starting point to understand what Bitcoin is. Although it was written back in 2015, it has aged well and is still relevant in a sense that the basic foundations are still the same and perhaps don’t get thoroughly written about these days anymore.

2. “The Little Bitcoin Book” by a collective of authors

“The Little Bitcoin Book tells the story of what’s wrong with money today, and why Bitcoin was invented to provide an alternative to the current system. It describes in simple terms what Bitcoin is, how it works, why it’s valuable, and how it affects individual freedom and opportunities of people.”

A newer must-read book to concisely understand what Bitcoin is. Published in 2019, this pocket sized book tells us why Bitcoin is absolutely essential for the process of creating a fairer world for everybody in the future – Bitcoin is essential for the future of the world. Written over the course of just four days by eight different industry experts working together, this book serves as a wonderful introduction to Bitcoin. 

It’s built on short chapters on money and economics, trading and volatility, and even human rights. Over half of the book is devoted to frequently asked questions, covering most common questions and concerns around the new currency.

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3. “The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging the Global Economic Order” by Paul Vigna & Michael J. Casey

“Vigna and Casey demystify cryptocurrency―its origins, its function, and what you need to know to navigate a cyber-economy. The digital currency world will look very different from the paper currency world; The Age of Cryptocurrency will teach you how to be ready.”

Written by two Wall Street Journal writers, it’s easy to understand and very well written. It narrates the chronology of Bitcoin’s evolution precisely, hype-free. This book is filled with fascinating stories from the origins of money and finance to it’s likely future – the decentralized commerce. It does a hell of a job of demystifying the digital currency realm and holds up to this day despite being written back in 2016.

4. “Mastering Bitcoin: Programming the Open Blockchain” by Andreas M. Antonopoulos (2nd Edition)

“Mastering Bitcoin is your guide through the seemingly complex world of bitcoin, providing the knowledge you need to participate in the internet of money. Whether you’re building the next killer app, investing in a startup, or simply curious about the technology, this revised and expanded second edition provides essential detail to get you started.”

This book gives you a great explanation as to how bitcoin really works. Most sources about bitcoin often only briefly cover the technical, leaving it ambiguous, as if transactions are just magic, and that we just accept that these happen. This book really shows how a transaction works, how blockchain works, and why we need it – along with the history and a thorough introduction of blockchain technologies. This book has its bits for the more advanced on the topic, as well as does it’s job of explaining the topic to someone that knows absolutely nothing of distributed ledger technology. 

Antonopoulus’ works are considered absolute must-reads in the cryptocurrency and blockchain world. His other works include “The Internet of Money” (Volumes 1-3) and “Mastering Ethereum: Building Smart Contracts and dApps”.

5. “Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond” by Chris Burniske & Jack Tatar

“Cryptoassets represent the future of money and markets. This book is your guide to that future. In addition to offering smart investment strategies, this authoritative resource will help you understand how these assets were created, how they work, and how they are evolving amid the blockchain revolution.”

This book provides a clear and concise overview of the rapidly evolving market and technology that will impact the world in the future. It does a great work of applying the standards for evaluating all other investments to the cryptocurrency asset class. It gives interesting points on investing in general – now and tomorrow – as well as investing on various cryptocurrency. It is a fascinating and thorough introduction to the new space of the digital economy. Written in 2017, some things foreseen in the book have already happened, and hopefully there will soon be a second edition, but overall it has stood the test of time well and is considered a must-read on the topic.

Honorable mentions:

“Confessions Of A Crypto Millionaire” by Dan Conway

“The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative To Central Banking” by Saifedean Ammous

“Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World” by Alex & Don Tapscott

“The Crypto Factor” by Paul Democritou & Blaise Mathai

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