Down the Rabbit Hole: Our Top 10 Bitcoin Books
Check out our top 10 list of Bitcoin books that will take your understanding to the next level.
The Bitcoin Whitepaper by Satoshi NakamotoWhether you're a Bitcoin beginner or a savvy veteran, the Bitcoin whitepaper is essential reading. It's an evergreen document that outlines the vision and philosophy behind Bitcoin. If you want to understand why Bitcoin is the way it is, the whitepaper is the first place you should start. It's both a relic of history and a prescriptive guide for the future, a document people keep coming back to as Bitcoin evolves.
The Internet of Money (Volume One, Two, and Three) by Andreas Antonopoulos
Many regard Antonopoulos as the best introduction for beginners looking to understand Bitcoin. Antonopoulos does an excellent job of breaking down complex concepts into easy-to-understand language through talks, lectures, and presentations he’s given over the years. His books are organized compilations of those talks, and they are a great way to get started learning about Bitcoin.
The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized to Central Banking by Saifedean Ammous
This book provides a great overview of the history of money and how Bitcoin fits into the equation. He argues that Bitcoin is the ideal decentralized alternative to central banking and a sound money for the future. Ammous explains Bitcoin's intersections between economics, history, and geopolitics, making the case for a true Bitcoin Standard.
Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money by Nathaniel Popper
Popper's book is a great read for anyone looking for more information on the early days of Bitcoin and its development. A New York Times reporter, Popper brilliantly chronicles the stories of some of Bitcoin's most influential figures and gives a riveting account of Bitcoin's march toward the mainstream.
Bitcoin Billionaires: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redemption by Ben Mezrich
Mezrich's book is a fascinating look at the Winklevoss twins, other early Bitcoin adopters, and famous proponents of the digital currency. Mezrich chronicles the Winklevoss’ journey from Harvard undergrads to tech entrepreneurs and how they used their early success in the world of Bitcoin to become venture capitalists.
Layered Money: From Gold and Dollars to Bitcoin and Central Bank Digital Currencies by Nik Bhatia
Bhatia's book offers a comprehensive overview of the evolution of money, from its early days as commodity money to its current state as fiat currency. He argues that Bitcoin is the natural next step in this evolution and lays out a case for why our current financial system will integrate Bitcoin into the fabric of our economy.
A Beginner's Guide to Bitcoin by Matthew R. Kratter
Concise, accessible, and informative, Kratter's book is a great starting point for anyone new to Bitcoin. It covers all the basics, from how to buy and store Bitcoin, common Bitcoin myths, and price predictions for the future.
Inventing Bitcoin: The Technology Behind The First Truly Scarce and Decentralized Money Explained by Yan Pritzker
A short but informative read, Pritzker's book is an excellent resource for understanding the technical aspects of Bitcoin designed for the layperson. He gives a detailed explanation of how Bitcoin works without overloading the reader with unnecessary jargon.
The Blocksize War: The Battle Over Who Controls Bitcoin’s Protocol Rules by Jonathan Bier
Bier's book is a must-read for anyone interested in the political and technical aspects of Bitcoin's blocksize debate. Waged from August 2015 to November 2017, the Blocksize War saw two factions within the Bitcoin community battle over the future of Bitcoin's protocol rules. Bier expertly chronicles the events of this period and gives readers a front-row seat to what may have been the most important debate in Bitcoin's history.
Why Buy Bitcoin: Investing Today in the Money of Tomorrow by Andy Edstrom
This book is a great resource for those looking to understand the investment case for Bitcoin. Edstrom makes a compelling argument that Bitcoin is still in its early days and that those who invest today could see significant returns in the future.
Bitcoin is a rabbit hole of knowledge. Once you take the first step forward, you come to find that there's more to explore than you could have ever imagined. These books are just a few of the many great resources available to help guide you on that path. So dive in and soak up everything you can — your future self will be glad you did.
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