Imran Haider
Imran HaiderFreelance Product Strategist and Writer

What's a good book to start learning about cryptocurrency?

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  1. Balaji S. Srinivasan
    Balaji S. SrinivasanExpertCoinbase CTO. Cofounder Counsyl & Earn. · Written
    I'll sound like a broken record, but for the technical side of things, Andreas Antonopoulos' Mastering Bitcoin is very good, as well as the upcoming Mastering Ethereum and the Bitcoin and Ethereum documentation. For the non-technical side of things, I like the Sovereign Individual and Seeing Like a State. You can't really understand why cryptocurrencies came about or where they're going without being familiar with books like the Sovereign Individual and Seeing Like a State. More terms to Google: panarchy, catallaxy, polycentric law, public choice theory, the economic calculation problem, bearer instrument, seignorage. See also my answer here.
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    I got great value from this one!
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    Pavan Sethi
    Pavan Sethi19building things. · Written
    Just ordered this and have heard great things!
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  2. 10
    The Internet of Money

    The Internet of Money delves into the why of Bitcoin

    Ben Tabas
    Ben TabasAlways learning. www.bentabas.com · Written
    Tremendously inspiring book on the technology behind bitcoin and crypto. Andreas historically relates the tech. behind bitcoin to other revolutionary mediums like the internet, telephones and more. Highly recommended.
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  3. 9
    Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story

    The most compelling & in-depth investigation into Bitcoin

    Till Rahn
    Till Rahn"projects" 😀 · Written
    After hearing about it on a podcast this book first introduced me to cryptos and I really enjoyed it. Tells a lot of the history of bitcoin and does a good job explaining its underlying technology.
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  4. A great book to help you understand the computer science concepts/principles underlying blockchain. Also covers the relevant market economics and regulatory aspects.
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  5. Take advantage of Bitcoin’s underlying technology, the blockchain, to build massively scalable, decentralized applications known as dapps. In this practical guide, author Siraj Raval explains why dapps will become more widely used—and profitable—than today’s most popular web apps. You’ll learn how the blockchain’s cryptographically stored ledger, scarce-asset model, and peer-to-peer (P2P) technology provide a more flexible, better-incentivized structure than current software models. Once you understand the theory behind dapps and what a thriving dapp ecosystem looks like, Raval shows you how to use existing tools to create a working dapp. You’ll then take a deep dive into the OpenBazaar decentralized market, and examine two case studies of successful dapps currently in use. Learn advances in distributed-system technology that make distributed data, wealth, identity, computing, and bandwidth possible Build a Twitter clone with the Go language, distributed architecture, decentralized messaging app, and peer-to-peer data store Learn about OpenBazaar’s decentralized market and its structure for supporting transactions Explore Lighthouse, a decentralized crowdfunding project that rivals sites such as Kickstarter and IndieGogo Take an in-depth look at La’Zooz, a P2P ridesharing app that transmits data directly between riders and drivers
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