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Top 5 Crypto/Blockchain Books To Read This December



If there is one way to learn more about the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry, it has to be through books. Currently, the cryptocurrency news shows that the market is in a nosedive. However, bear markets are part of every economic cycle.

The good thing is that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, as well as the blockchain technology, are appearing in books and are therefore shaping our future. Below, we are listing some of the best books about these technologies.

“Digital Gold” by Nathaniel Popper

A great book if you want to begin an adventure into understanding the fundamentals of the crypto industry. It will take you back to the creation of Bitcoin but also some of the major case studies and roles in the industry.

“Blockchain Revolution” by Don and Alex Tapscott

Written by renowned management and business strategist Don Tapscott and his son Alex, this book goes into the technical aspects of explanations, providing examples and illustrations of how the blockchain technology works – as well as its real-world implications.

“Blockchain Basics” by Daniel Drescher

This book explains the basic technical details as to how blockchain works. On top of this, it also covers the areas of confusion or areas where a simple explanation is required. The good thing is that you don’t have to have prior knowledge of programming as it explains everything in a non-technical fashion.

“The Bitcoin Standard” by Saifedean Ammous

“The Bitcoin Standard” is a book that analyses the historical context to the rise of Bitcoin from the purview of an economist. The author introduces the idea of Bitcoin and how it meets the current challenge of the financial system, becoming a store of value instead of just another currency.

“The Truth Machine” by Michael J. Casey and Paul Vigna

Last but not the least in our top crypto/blockchain books to read is this collection of thoughts from two authors, giving solid advice on how the technology is changing and evolving in the future. Even though it does not focus on Bitcoin, it definitely covers the prism of blockchain – especially the issue of privacy in the world today.

We hope this selection of books will help you expand your horizons when it comes to crypto and blockchain in general – and see them from a new perspective!

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