Economics Books

Book selections from our reading list with a focus on the economical implications of blockchain, investment strategies, and potential business use cases.

Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond

Chris Burniske & Jack Tatar
2017 • Intermediate • 368 pages

Chris Burniske and Jack Tatar take their readers on an investment-focused, guided tour of the world of cryptocurrencies, tokens, and the latest developments in both public & private blockchains.

While Bitcoin remains the chief driver of this revolution in finance, new innovations continue to enter this diverse ecosystem on a near-daily basis, changing the nature of how we view both the digital and the physical worlds.

Blockchain Revolution

Don & Alex Tapscott
2016 • Beginner • 432 pages

Bestselling author Don Tapscott and his son Alex, an expert on blockchain, offer this well-researched novel as a perceptive look into the business trends and paradigm shifts accompanying the adoption of blockchain technology across a vast array of industries.

Whether you’re an artist looking to secure your own intellectual property or a consumer investigating the sources of the food on your table, Don & Alex shine a light on how the numerous ingenious applications of distributed ledger technology will change the world, with a plethora of real-life examples.

The Bitcoin Standard

Saifedean Ammous
2018 • Beginner • 304 pages

Examining the subject of Bitcoin within the historical context of money as a technology, Dr. Saifedean Ammous breaks down the development of cryptocurrency by presenting it as the next logical step in the evolution of globalized finance.

By discussing the economic properties validating Bitcoin as a financial instrument, as well as the resulting implications for government-sponsored forms of currency, Ammous provides his reader with a clear understanding about what makes Bitcoin such a valuable and innovative new asset.

Triangle Investing

Wall Street Playboys
2018 • Beginner • 138 pages

As personal finance bloggers focused on leveraging the internet for entrepreneurial opportunities, the members of the Wall Street Playboys group are especially adamant about the inclusion of cryptocurrency in any balanced portfolio.

While by no means strictly a book on blockchain-related investments, Triangle Investing offers insightful perspectives on how investing in cryptocurrency can complement other essential domains of money management, such as equity markets and real estate.

The Business Blockchain

William Mougayar
2016 • Intermediate • 208 pages

Envisioning a digital world that hosts potentially millions of independent blockchains, each facilitating a unique aspect of a global value exchange, William Mougayar invites both technologists and businessmen to consider business models and opportunities that may still be invisible to the untrained eye.

With over 3 decades of industry experience and multiple successes in shaping technology startups and organizations, Mougayar sculpts an intriguing narrative of the future where distributed ledgers and cryptocurrencies inspire fundamental shifts in the way corporations operate.

The Age of Cryptocurrency

Paul Vigna & Michael J. Casey
2016 • Beginner • 384 pages

By now, almost everyone has heard of Bitcoin– but why should they care? Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey, a pair of Wall Street journalists well-versed in the world of cryptocurrency, use this text to propose a definitive answer to that essential question, offering expert guidance into the complex world of digital currencies.

Despite Bitcoin’s mysterious and somewhat illicit reputation, the authors insist that disruptive cryptocurrencies are here to stay, and present an all-encompassing, well-balanced coverage of the most important facts for the casual reader interested in learning more about the blockchain phenomenon.

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies

Arvind Narayanan, Joseph Bonneau,
Edward Felten, Andrew Miller, & Steven Goldfeder
2016 • Intermediate • 336 pages

This ambitious yet comprehensive introduction to blockchain technology succeeds in balancing technical explanations of blockchain mechanics with the corresponding features they allow. Appropriate for the intermediate programmer or up-and-coming tech entrepreneur, this text offers explanations for the practical foundations needed to begin devising your own cryptocurrency businesses and applications. 

Beyond the text contained in the book, this work features an accompanying webcourse with instructional videos, programming assignments, and homework problems, uniquely positioning itself as an academic complement to any student’s library.

The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything

Paul Vigna & Michael J. Casey
2018 • Intermediate • 320 pages

From the same authors who brought us The Age of Cryptocurrency comes an equally engaging, up-to-date account about how blockchain as a broader technology could be as transformative as Bitcoin itself. As Vigna & Casey enumerate the various flaws inherent in the “legacy systems” of our corporate and government worlds, they simultaneously present a compelling case for replacing these institutions entirely with distributed blockchain ledgers.

While most novels tend to focus disproportionately on the rosy future blockchain could promise humanity, they also work to emphasize the challenges this transition will present– job losses, corruption, and social unrest, among many others.

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