Is anybody writing books (as in books) about Bitcoin and cryptocurrency in 2021? We seriously doubt it. Everybody who is anybody in the space has long realized that blockchain, cryptography, and computation models with all of their numberless moving parts are an extremely niche subject.
Writing volumes on the intricacies of the DLT or consensus protocols is a highly ungrateful business unless you have an auditorium full of quizzical computer scientists-to-be staring you down. So widely recognized opinion leaders have moved on to article writing, podcasting, youtubing, webinaring, seminaring, content curation, punditry, activism, and good ol’ teaching.
However, the derivative tech that makes the IoT possible and the social value of the decentralized approach, well, to everything in life – from personal banking to global energy trade – is a fascinating subject. Some remarkable technologists and innovators have made it their life’s work to understand and reveal to the public the way cryptocurrencies function in society and the human experience behind the rapid digitalization of business, art, culture, social interactions, and politics.
What follows is a list of books we feel are timeless. If you believe that blockchain in its many iterations is part of our common future and the underlying tech for revolutionizing the finance sector and its newly-born darling – cryptocurrencies, – you need to read those. You simply must.
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Bitcoin Whales. Guys Who Fooled The World
(Alan T. Norman)
If you want to plunge into the real, practical wild animal world, all you need to do is to invest a part of your capital in the cryptocurrency market where you will find lots of wildlife. Your role in this fabulous zoo depends on many factors, but whether you become a whale or slither into oblivion is entirely up to you.
If you have seen The Social Network, you will remember the Winklevoss twins: tall, preppy Harvard students (both played by Armie Hammer) who also happened to be Olympic oarsmen and who ended up suing Mark Zuckerberg for allegedly stealing their idea to make Facebook. On November 26, 2017, the Winklevoss brothers became the first bitcoin billionaires. Here’s the story of how they got there — as only Ben Mezrich could tell it.
Learn the real story about the rapidly growing cryptocurrency market, the innovative Blockchain technology that powers it, while learning how to avoid scammers and cybercriminals.
The Bitcoin Standard. The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking
Economist Saifedean Ammous traces the history of the technologies of money to seashells, limestones, cattle, salt, beads, metals, and government debt, explaining what gave these technologies their monetary role, what makes for sound money, and the benefits of a sound monetary regime to economic growth, innovation, culture, trade, individual freedom, and international peace.
Bitcoin: The Future of Money?
In this book, Frisby tells the story of how Bitcoin was created. He explains cryptocurrency in an easy-to-understand way and discusses the future possibilities of Bitcoin.
(Andreas M. Antonopoulos)
The first edition of Mastering Bitcoin was released in 2016. Written by Andreas Antonopoulos, a Bitcoin advocate, and researcher of computer security, the book gives you good technical details about the Bitcoin protocol. Due to the high level of technical detail, the book may not be good for everyone but it is a major tool for anyone working on Bitcoin or cryptocurrency applications.
(Don and Alex Tapscott)
Co-authored by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott, real-life father and son, this book highlights the reasons why blockchain technology has the potential to change business, money, and the world. It explores the various uses of technology in different industries. Some may even regard it as a fantasy genre but it is actually a very good book for newbs and non-techies who want to dip their toes in this new wave of technology.
The Dark Net
(by Jamie Bartlett)
The darknet is an underworld that stretches from popular social media sites to the most secretive corners of the encrypted web. It is a world that frequently appears in newspaper headlines, but one that is little understood, and rarely explored. The Dark Net is a revelatory examination of the internet today, and of its most innovative and dangerous subcultures: trolls and pornographers, drug dealers and hackers, political extremists and computer scientists, Bitcoin programmers, and self-harmers, libertarians, and vigilantes. Based on extensive first-hand experience, exclusive interviews, and shocking documentary evidence, The Dark Net offers a startling glimpse of human nature under the conditions of freedom and anonymity and shines a light on an enigmatic and ever-changing digital underworld.
The Book of Satoshi
(by Phil Champagne)
Champagne put together a collection of Satoshi Nakamoto’s writings in an attempt to get the reader to have a feel of the birth and the rise of the digital currency known as Bitcoin. The book digs deeper into the communication channels used by Satoshi during the early days of Bitcoin and how he communicated with a handful of people. It rewinds time and takes you to a moment in time when Satoshi was still uncovering his vision to the world and allows you to feel as if you were there at the beginning too. While it does not reveal his personal identity, it gives a clue, based on facts, of who Satoshi was then.
The Bitcoin Bible
The Bitcoin Bible “Gold Edition” is the next level of the “Bitcoin Bible”, the most comprehensive book on Bitcoins on the market. In over 400 pages the book accessibly describes all the wide-ranging aspects of Bitcoins.
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In part 1 of my conversation with TRASTRA's founder Roman Potemkin we covered the basics about Roman's career, vision, and TRASTRA's value proposition. This time we get philosophical about the concept of money, its social implications and the role cryptocurrencies play in our lives