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10 Best Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Books of All Time

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 12:25
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George Shnurenko
Significant figures in blockchain’s history share their thoughts and experiences in books. Here is the list of best ones on Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain
10 Best Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Books of All Time
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The concept of Blockchain and cryptocurrency is, in itself, very abstract and unconventional, simply because we have been accustomed to centralized systems of operation. To understand such an innovative idea, you need to go through the books with the best explanations of what is Bitcoin and Blockchain.

It will be unfair to list just a single book as no author is able to concisely deal with every part of Blockchain technology. Some have their strengths in cryptography, others can dissect the nodes and supernodes with consummate skill. It might help to consider what makes a Blockchain book truly spectacular.

What makes the best Blockchain book?

A thorough study of some of the Amazon Blockchain books showed that there’s a certain similarity shared between the bestselling books. For a book to truly resonate with a larger audience, it should have all of the features below:

  1. Ability to break down difficult concepts

  2. Brevity and conciseness

  3. Accuracy of assertions

  4. Depth of research

  5. Multi-faceted nature of the book

1. The Internet of money by Andreas Antonopoulos

If you’re new to the crypto scene and you want to get started, this book by Andreas Antonopoulos will kick things off. You can, within two weeks of reading this book, become an expert at Blockchain, dishing out consultancy advice. It doesn’t just teach you how to, it addresses the pertinent questions about Blockchain, goes into detail about what it is not, and gives you practical insight into the concept. His quote, “First they ignore us, then they laugh at us, then they fight us, then we win” is a widely embraced axiom among Blockchain enthusiasts.

2. Digital Gold by Nathaniel Popper

This is a narrative about the inception of the first ever cryptocurrency, Bitcoin. Many readers claim that this is one of those books on Blockchain and Bitcoin which you cannot put down. It is a page-turner, a true eye-opener. It talks about the mysteries surrounding Bitcoin and its anonymous founder, the activities in Silk Road, and the Winklevoss twins. This is unarguably one of the best Blockchain books.

3. Cryptoassets by Chris Burniske and Jack Tatar

Chris Burniske and Jack Tatar came together to create this masterpiece. If you want to be one of the best at cryptocurrency investment, you are required to go for the best book on Blockchain and Bitcoin. With Cryptoassets, you can accurately understand the fundamentals of investment with a framework to apply theory and practical. Earlier, we spoke about how research makes a book excellent. This book has solid references, charts, and tables which pique your interest.

4. Crypto by Nathan Rose

If you want to become a crypto financial analyst, this book is for you. Compared to other established technologies, Blockchain and cryptocurrency are still fledgling. In fact, the general public still finds the concept esoteric and this is understandable. Nathan explains what you need to choose an exchange, sign up, deposit currencies, make your trade and eventually make profits.

His story is aimed at people far from the program codes, but who are interested in the revolutionary blockchain technology. Crypto is a beginner's handbook that will introduce such concepts as «ICO», «fork», «private key» and prepare for the era of investing in cryptocurrency.

5. How Money Got Free? Brian Patrick Eha

In order to understand some of the bold claims made in this Blockchain and Bitcoin book, it is important to understand where we are coming from and where we are going. Brian Patrick Eha details the ascent of the financial banks, the intervention of the government, their eventual compromise, the Silicon Valley cabals, and the whole scheme behind making money. The book shows how the existing world is changing under the pressure of decentralization, which came with the blockchain technology.

6. Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain by David Gerard

David Gerard, in this book, creates a form of balance. If you’re a crypto enthusiast who probably believes that Blockchain will take over the world and Bitcoin will be a new religion, this book is for you. It helps you reevaluate your stance. The third chapter is perhaps the climax as the author delineates all of the logomachy presented by any proponent of Bitcoin and delivers his opinion on each. This is one of the best books on Bitcoin and Blockchain which doesn’t necessarily support the technology.

7. Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies by Arvind Narayana

What really is cryptography? Do you even understand what it is about? Well, a professor at Princeton University, Arvind Narayana, along with four other people took time to explain what it is all about. The book is extremely detailed and it will require you to have a lot of notes to review. There are also diagrams in the book for a more comprehensive understanding of what it entails.

8. Bitcoin- The Future of Money? by Dominic Frisby

Dominic Frisby, in this book, addresses the issues we all had in mind. Are your investments going to be worth millions in the nearest future or are you just chasing shadows? The inherent limitations of cryptocurrency- the lack of government’s regulation, the atrocities, etc. are well discussed. In fact, the author uses anecdotes to further prove his point, like the time he used Bitcoins to purchase cannabis a while back.

9. The Business Blockchain by William Mougayar

Have you heard about Blockchain 2.0? This is what crypto assets entail and if you are considering a career in this line, you might want to check it out. William Mougayar gives in-depth analysis into the steps you are to take if you want to become a cryptopreneur. It is unarguably one of the best Blockchain books which thoroughly addresses the business part.

10. The Age of Cryptocurrency by Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey

Two Wall Street Journal reporters, Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey, came together to produce an explanation of what the world would be when digital money- cryptocurrency becomes the mainstream means of transaction. With a series of anecdotes and research work, you will come to appreciate how we are in the age of cryptocurrency.


These are, without a doubt, the best Blockchain books available to us right now. Other equally good books might be available, however, they won’t all make the cut. Take note of the key features to look out for before purchasing books on Blockchain and Bitcoin.

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About the author

George Shnurenko is a Bitcoin and cryptocurrency enthusiast, financial analyst and writer. He's majoring in history but he believes that the digital currency which has taken the world by storm will bring about change to all us humans.