9 books to read on cryptocurrency

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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr Seuss

The date 23 April holds significance in literature as it’s the date, Cervantes and Shakespeare, amongst other famous literary authors, were either born or died (mic drop). 🎤

Now that we know the significance of this day - let’s do what we do best and talk about cryptocurrency. We chatted to our knowledgeable and passionate team members, and asked them what their top crypto-related books are. In no particular order, here are some of the most loved:

In Math we Trust: Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency and the Journey To Being Your Own Bank by Simon Dingle

“A highly readable account of a complex subject, In Math We Trust is all you need to learn about Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, the future of money and the journey to becoming your own bank. Money is the most important human invention after language. It provides tokens for the faith we have in each other and society, but that trust has been violated repeatedly throughout history by the middlemen and authorities we rely upon in order to transact with each other.”

Dingle is also an ex-team member who worked as a Product Owner. 😉

The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson

The Ascent of Money reveals finance as the backbone of history, casting a new light on familiar events: the Renaissance enabled by Italian foreign exchange dealers, the French Revolution traced back to a stock market bubble, the 2008 crisis traced from America's bankruptcy capital, Memphis, to China's boomtown, Chongqing.”

Mastering Bitcoin: Programming the Open Blockchain by Andreas M. Antonopoulos

Mastering Bitcoin is your guide through the seemingly complex world of bitcoin, providing the knowledge you need to participate in the internet of money. Whether you're building the next killer app, investing in a startup, or simply curious about the technology, this revised and expanded second edition provides essential detail to get you started.”

Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money by Nathaniel Popper

Digital Gold was lauded New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and was shortlisted for the 2015 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year.

“A New York Times technology and business reporter charts the dramatic rise of Bitcoin and the fascinating personalities who are striving to create a new global money for the Internet age. Digital Gold is New York Times reporter Nathaniel Popper’s brilliant and engrossing history of Bitcoin, the landmark digital money and financial technology that has spawned a global social movement.”

Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business and the World by Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott

“The technology likely to have the greatest impact on the future of the world economy has arrived, and it’s not self-driving cars, solar energy, or artificial intelligence. It’s called the blockchain.”

The Internet of Money by Andreas M. Antonopoulos

“While many books explain the how of bitcoin, The Internet of Money delves into the why of bitcoin. Acclaimed information-security expert and author of Mastering Bitcoin, Andreas M. Antonopoulos examines and contextualizes the significance of bitcoin through a series of essays spanning the exhilarating maturation of this technology.”

The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Blockchain are Challenging the Global Economic Order by Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey

“Bitcoin became a buzzword overnight. A cyber-enigma with an enthusiastic following, it pops up in headlines and fuels endless media debate. You can apparently use it to buy anything from coffee to cars, yet few people seem to truly understand what it is. This raises the question: Why should anyone care about bitcoin? In The Age of Cryptocurrency, Wall Street journalists Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey deliver the definitive answer to this question.”

The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralised Alternative to Central Banking by Saifedean Ammous

The Bitcoin Standard analyzes the historical context to the rise of Bitcoin, the economic properties that have allowed it to grow quickly, and its likely economic, political, and social implications. While Bitcoin is a new invention of the digital age, the problem it purports to solve is as old as human society itself: transferring value across time and space.”

Mastering Ethereum: Building Smart Contracts and DApps by Andreas M. Antonopoulos

“If you're looking to get started with the Ethereum protocol--or are among the many open source developers, integrators, and system administrators already working with this platform--Mastering Ethereum is the definitive book on the topic."

That’s our top nine, what’s your favourite cryptocurrency-related book? Let us know on Twitter. Happy reading!

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