It has taken the financial world by storm, but cryptocurrency and decentralized finance has only been around for a few decades and only recently gained enough popularity to enter typical household conversations.
You probably won’t learn much about crypto in school, and more traditional banking and advisory services certainly haven’t embraced decentralization, but fear not. As a new technology, many cryptocurrency traders, miners, and enthusiasts are completely self-taught, a value at the core of the decentralized finance ethos. In addition to forums, videos, and online resources, good old books can be a great source of detailed information and enjoyment for those looking to learn more about digital assets.
Here are the top 7 books recommended by experts to learn more about cryptocurrency and decentralized finance:
- “American Kingpin” by Nick Bilton
- “Bitcoin Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich
- “The Bitcoin Standard” by Saifedean Ammous
- “Crypto Assets” by Chris Burniske and Jack Tatar
- “Investing in crypto assets in the age of autonomy” by Jake Ryan
- “The Infinite Machine” by Camila Russo
- “The Internet of Money” by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
“American Kingpin” by Nick Bilton
Called a crypto anarchist’s dream by Wired magazine, Silk Road is a now-defunct black market on the web launched in 2011 by a 26-year-old programmer named Ross Ulbricht. “American Kingpin” tells the story of this online Silk Road, including its creation and the years of FBI investigation into its existence.
While this book will not teach readers about buying and selling cryptocurrencies, its gripping narrative and insights into decentralized financial markets and crypto will give readers an insight into the power and versatility of this technology.
“Bitcoin Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich
If you loved “The Social Network” and read “The Accidental Billionaires,” the basis of the film, you can follow the story of the Winklevoss brothers with the help of Ben Mezrich. “Bitcoin Billionaires”.
Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss became the first bitcoin billionaires on November 26, 2017. This book traces their journey into the world of cryptocurrencies, explaining the bitcoin basics in a way that is fun to read and engaging for even the most novice blockchain enthusiasts.
“The Bitcoin Standard” by Saifedean Ammous
Cryptocurrency has been described by some as a hedge against inflation, a new gold standard. Saifedean Ammous explores just that, tackling the technical and economic aspects of bitcoin that you’ve always wanted to understand.
Considered a must read when it comes to books on cryptography, “The Bitcoin Standard” takes readers from the early stages of bitcoin’s creation to its technological possibilities for the future. The book keeps readers of any level of sophistication engaged by connecting the creation of bitcoin to larger social struggles while weaving together well-known economic and governmental concepts. Readers will get answers to their most common questions about bitcoin and understand how bitcoin fits into today’s larger global economy.
“Crypto Assets” by Chris Burniske and Jack Tatar
If you’re looking for more of a practical guide to navigating the hundreds of cryptocurrencies in existence today, “Crypto assets” by Chris Burniske and Jack Tatar may be a good place to start.
Presented as an investor’s guide, the book provides practical advice on managing your cryptocurrency portfolio, navigating exchanges, selecting digital wallets and more.
“Investing in crypto assets in the age of autonomy” by Jake Ryan
“The only book that really explains how cryptocurrency investing links to finance, economics, and our future is Jake Ryan’s ‘Crypto Asset Investing in the Age of Autonomy,'” wrote Tally Greenberg, director of business development at the cryptocurrency provider. cryptocurrency hosting Allnodes. in an email. “No frills, just hard facts and calculated predictions that follow from them. Ryan’s book is both educational and thought provoking. It will help anyone looking for more clarity on the subject.”
“The Infinite Machine” by Camila Russo
Written by financial journalist Camila Russo, the book takes readers through periods of chaos, greed, and regulatory scrutiny in the early days of Ethereum to its place now as an extremely popular cryptocurrency available to the masses.
“The Internet of Money” by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
Readers looking for shorter pieces should start with “The Internet of Money”, a series of essays explaining the importance of bitcoin as a technological advance.
Focusing less on the practicalities of bitcoin, the book looks at the philosophical implications of the technology, as well as the ways it has already begun to affect the lives of millions.