Recommended Reads

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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.

Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies

Andreas Antonopoulos
2014 • Intermediate • 416 pages

Bitcoin evangelist Andreas Antonopoulos is internationally renowned for his ability to explain both the technological nuances and the broader implications of Bitcoin’s underlying programming in ways that his audience can easily understand.

This remarkable text extends his legacy of breaking down challenging concepts in an accessible manner, while also further exploring the deeper technical concepts that make the blockchain tick. For this reason, Mastering Bitcoin is an essential read for any aspiring programmer or entrepreneur who wishes to participate directly in the creation of this revolutionary new financial system.

The Book of Satoshi

Phil Champagne
2014 • Beginner • 394 pages

The enigmatic inventor of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, was a man (or woman) with a life shrouded in mystery. While Satoshi is no longer around to influence the course Bitcoin takes as both a money and a technology, his early writings continue to have a profound impact on the direction developers choose to guide their efforts.

Take a journey into the mind of this great innovator with this superb collection of public posts and messages from Bitcoin’s early days, and discover for yourself what “Satoshi’s Vision” truly meant.

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 Internet of Money

Andreas Antonopoulos
2016 • Beginner • 123 pages

Although Andreas Antonopoulos’s Mastering Bitcoin is among the most highly praised technical guides to Bitcoin, The Internet of Money decisively shifts gears in order to educate a broader audience, as well as answer some of the deeper philosophical questions about the concept of decentralized money.

Assembled from transcripts of his various talks about Bitcoin around the world, Andreas’s enthusiastic, entertaining, and extremely clever personality shines through with every word. Any casual reader looking to get a thorough, entry-level primer on Bitcoin will undoubtedly walk away a hardcore believer.

The Science of the Blockchain

Roger Wattenhofer
2016 • Advanced • 124 pages

While blockchains are a relatively new technological development, the basic techniques, algorithms, and protocols that make them work have existed for decades. In The Science of the Blockchain, Roger Wattenhofer further examines these mathematical methods, providing a more thorough look at the underlying functions and mechanisms governing cryptocurrency operations.

By exploring these fundamental computer science principles, such as Byzantine Agreements and Quorum systems, Wattenhofer demonstrates to his readers the extraordinary elegance of the consensus systems originally devised by Satoshi Nakamoto.

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.

Digital Gold

Nathaniel Popper
2016 • Beginner • 432 pages

An expert storyteller, New York Times reporter Nathaniel Popper pulls his readers directly into the story of how Bitcoin came to be, recounting the events and personalities throughout its history that drove the creation of this groundbreaking new industry.

By telling this story through the eyes of the innovators who lived it, including the notorious Winklevoss twins and even Satoshi Nakamoto himself, Popper delivers an entertaining tale focused on the most colorful characters in Bitcoin.

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.

American Kingpin

Nick Bolton
2017 • Beginner • 368 pages

With all of the mainstream media attention and institutional interest, its easy to forget how exactly Bitcoin first burst onto the scene. The Silk Road, the Dark Web’s most notorious online drug exchange, was launched in 2011 by a young libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht. Assuming the moniker of the “Dread Pirate Roberts,” Ross tied together two budding digital technologies– anonymous browsing and Bitcoin– to create a massive crime enterprise unlike anything ever before seen.

While this harrowing tale of Ross’s exploits focuses heavily on his criminal activities, rather than the decentralized technologies that enabled them, the story itself offers an insightful look at the type of clientele cryptocurrencies first serviced, prior to the Wall Street rush.

How Money Got Free: Bitcoin and the Fight for the Future of Finance

Brian Patrick Eha
2017 • Beginner • 496 pages

Containing a more diverse cast of characters than any written history of Bitcoin before it, How Money Got Free pits the early pioneers of cryptocurrency– a renegade coalition of cryptographers, libertarians, and drug dealers– against the behemoth corporations which seek to co-opt their beloved blockchain technology.

While the thrilling narrative of this novel deeply engrosses you in the personal lives of the entrepreneurs, politicians, and bankers in question, the overarching themes of the story are equally well-communicated, rallying readers to reconsider what exactly they think they know about politics, money, and freedom.

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.

The Code Book

Simon Singh
2000 • Intermediate • 432 pages

Civilizations are inarguably inclined to engage in conflict; human history is punctuated with countless bouts of violence, espionage, and abuse. While atomic weapons and high-caliber cannons have always commanded the spotlight, however, a closer examination of these campaigns reveal the most powerful forces wield an even more potent weapon: cryptography.

Despite a publication year pre-dating the invention of blockchain, leading figures in cryptocurrency nonetheless insist the content continues to maintain exceptional relevance. Shifting stylistically between engaging historical narratives and in-depth analyses of contemporary cryptography methods, Singh’s The Code Book is a must-read for any Bitcoiner wishing to understand the intricacies of the complex mathematical methods that ensure the blockchain’s robust security and integrity.

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