Crypto is an ever-evolving space with new information emerging all the time. Today, we take a look at the best cryptocurrency books that will help you understand the space, grow your wealth, or just add to your knowledge base.

If you’re looking for the best cryptocurrency books, then you’ve come to the right place.

You can use these crypto books for growing your wealth, learning to trade, expanding your wisdom, and much more.

We’ve broken these crypto books up into 2 sections:

  • Books on Cryptocurrency
  • Books on Cryptography

We’ve listed the best cryptocurrency books first, as we’re assuming most readers are looking primarily for books specifically on the history and theory behind cryptocurrency. But we also have included books on trading cryptocurrencies, the theory of money (as it relates to crypto) and much more.

So, without further ado, let’s get into the list of the best cryptocurrency books you can get your hands on.

Best Cryptocurrency Books

Let’s jump in and look at the best cryptocurrency books out there.

The Bitcoin Standard

“When a pseudonymous programmer introduced “a new electronic cash system that’s fully peer-to-peer, with no trusted third party” to a small online mailing list in 2008, very few paid attention.

Ten years later, and against all odds, this upstart autonomous decentralized software offers an unstoppable and globally-accessible hard money alternative to modern central banks.

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.

Ammous takes the reader on an engaging journey through the history of technologies performing the functions of money, from primitive systems of trading limestones and seashells, to metals, coins, the gold standard, and modern government debt.

Exploring what gave these technologies their monetary role, and how most lost it, provides the reader with a good idea of what makes for sound money, and sets the stage for an economic discussion of its consequences for individual and societal future-orientation, capital accumulation, trade, peace, culture, and art.

Compellingly, Ammous shows that it is no coincidence that the loftiest achievements of humanity have come in societies enjoying the benefits of sound monetary regimes, nor is it coincidental that monetary collapse has usually accompanied civilizational collapse.”

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The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking
  • Saifedean Ammous
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Edition no. 1 (04/24/2018)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages

Digital Gold

“Bitcoin, the landmark digital money and financial technology, has spawned a global social movement with utopian ambitions.

The notion of a new currency, maintained by the computers of users around the world, has been the butt of many jokes, but that has not stopped it from growing into a technology worth billions of dollars, supported by the hordes of followers who have come to view it as the most important new idea since the creation of the Internet.

Believers from Beijing to Buenos Aires see the potential for a financial system free from banks and governments, and a new global currency for the digital age.

An unusual tale of group invention, Digital Gold tells the story of the colorful characters who have built Bitcoin, including a Finnish college student; an Argentinian millionaire; a Chinese entrepreneur; Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss; Bitcoin’s elusive creator, Satoshi Nakamoto; and the founder of the Silk Road online drug market, Ross Ulbricht.

With Digital Gold, New York Times reporter Nathaniel Popper offers a brilliant and engrossing account of this new technology.

At each step of the way, Bitcoin has provided one of the most fascinating tests of how money works, who benefits from it, and what it might look like in the future.”

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Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money
  • HarperCollins
  • Nathaniel Popper
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
  • Edition no. 0 (05/24/2016)
  • Paperback: 432 pages

The Internet of Money

“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.

Bitcoin, a technological breakthrough quietly introduced to the world in 2008, is transforming much more than finance. Bitcoin is disrupting antiquated industries to bring financial independence to billions worldwide.

In this book, Andreas explains why bitcoin is a financial and technological evolution with potential far exceeding the label “digital currency.”
Andreas goes beyond exploring the technical functioning of the bitcoin network by illuminating Bitcoin’s philosophical, social, and historical implications.

As the internet has essentially transformed how people around the world interact and has permanently impacted our lives in ways we never could have imagined, bitcoin – the internet of money – is fundamentally changing our approach to solving social, political, and economic problems through decentralized technology.”

The Internet of Money
  • Andreas M. Antonopoulos
  • Merkle Bloom LLC
  • Kindle Edition
  • Edition no. 1 (08/29/2016)
  • English

The Internet of Money: Volume 2

“The Internet of Money Volume Two is the spectacular sequel to the cult classic and best seller The Internet of Money Volume One by Andreas M. Antonopoulos. Volume Two contains 11 of his most inspiring and thought-provoking talks.

n 2013, Andreas M. Antonopoulos started publicly speaking about bitcoin and quickly became one of the world’s most sought-after speakers in the industry.

To date, he has delivered more than 75, TED-style talks in venues ranging from the Henry Ford Museum to packed-out Bitcoin Meetups in the Czech Republic to New Zealand and every talk is completely different.

In these performances, Antonopoulos walks onto the stage and delivers a live, unscripted talk. Without a deck in sight, he unleashes his latest insights into the lightning-fast changes surrounding bitcoin.

Combining the knowledge of one of the world’s leading blockchain technologists, with cultural context, comedy, and the flair of a performance artist, Antonopoulos conveys an up-to-the-second understanding of bitcoin to live audiences worldwide.”

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The Internet of Money
  • Andreas M. Antonopoulos
  • Publisher: Merkle Bloom LLC
  • Edition no. 1 (11/19/2017)
  • Paperback: 125 pages

Mastering Bitcoin

“Want to join the technological revolution that’s taking the world of finance by storm? Mastering Bitcoin is your guide through the seemingly complex world of bitcoin, providing the requisite knowledge to help you 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 practical book is essential reading.

Bitcoin, the first successful decentralized digital currency, is still in its infancy and it’s already spawned a multi-billion dollar global economy.

This economy is open to anyone with the knowledge and passion to participate. Mastering Bitcoin provides you with the knowledge you need (passion not included).

This book includes:

  • A broad introduction to bitcoin—ideal for non-technical users, investors, and business executives.
  • An explanation of the technical foundations of bitcoin and cryptographic currencies for developers, engineers, and software and systems architects.
  • Details of the bitcoin decentralized network, peer-to-peer architecture, transaction lifecycle, and security principles.
  • Offshoots of the bitcoin and blockchain inventions, including alternative chains, currencies, and applications.
  • User stories, analogies, examples, and code snippets illustrating key technical concepts.”
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Mastering Bitcoin: Programming the Open Blockchain
  • O Reilly Media
  • Andreas M. Antonopoulos
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media
  • Edition no. 2 (07/01/2017)
  • Paperback: 416 pages

Mastering Ethereum

“Ethereum represents the gateway to a worldwide, decentralized computing paradigm. This platform enables you to run decentralized applications (DApps) and smart contracts that have no central points of failure or control, integrate with a payment network, and operate on an open blockchain.

With this practical guide, Andreas M. Antonopoulos and Gavin Wood provide everything you need to know about building smart contracts and DApps on Ethereum and other virtual-machine blockchains.

Discover why IBM, Microsoft, NASDAQ, and hundreds of other organizations are experimenting with Ethereum. This essential guide shows you how to develop the skills necessary to be an innovator in this growing and exciting new industry.

  • Run an Ethereum client, create and transmit basic transactions, and program smart contracts.
  • Learn the essentials of public key cryptography, hashes, and digital signatures.
  • Understand how “wallets” hold digital keys that control funds and smart contracts.
  • Interact with Ethereum clients programmatically using JavaScript libraries and Remote Procedure Call interfaces.
  • Learn security best practices, design patterns, and anti-patterns with real-world examples.
  • Create tokens that represent assets, shares, votes, or access control rights.
  • Build decentralized applications using multiple peer-to-peer (P2P) components.”
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Mastering Ethereum: Building Smart Contracts and DApps
  • Andreas M. Antonopoulos, Gavin Wood Ph. D.
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media
  • Edition no. 1 (12/23/2018)
  • Paperback: 424 pages

Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor’s Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond

“The innovative investor’s guide to an entirely new asset class—from two experts on the cutting edge

With the rise of bitcoin and blockchain technology, investors can capitalize on the greatest investment opportunity since the Internet. Bitcoin was the first cryptoasset, but today there are over 800 and counting, including Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin, Monero, and more.

This clear, concise, and accessible guide from two industry insiders shows you how to navigate this brave new blockchain world and how to invest in these emerging assets to secure your financial future.

Cryptoassets gives you all the tools you need:

  • An actionable framework for investigating and valuing cryptoassets.
  • Portfolio management techniques to maximize returns while managing risk.
  • Historical context and tips to navigate inevitable bubbles and manias.
  • Practical guides to exchanges, wallets, capital market vehicles, and ICOs.
  • Predictions on how blockchain technology may disrupt current portfolios.

In addition to offering smart investment strategies, this authoritative resource will help you understand how these assets were created, how they work, and how they are evolving amid the blockchain revolution.

The authors define a clear and original cryptoasset taxonomy, composed of cryptocurrencies, cryptocommodities, and cryptotokens, with insights into how each subset is blending technology and markets.

You’ll find a variety of methods to invest in these assets, whether through global exchanges trading 24/7 or initial cryptoasset offerings (ICOs).

By sequentially building on the concepts of each prior chapter, the book will provide you with a full understanding of the cryptoasset economy and the opportunities that await the innovative investor.

Cryptoassets represent the future of money and markets. This book is your guide to that future.”

Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond
  • Chris Burniske, Jack Tatar
  • McGraw-Hill Education
  • Kindle Edition
  • Edition no. 1 (10/20/2017)
  • English

The Age Of Cryptocurrency

“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.

Cybermoney is poised to launch a revolution, one that could reinvent traditional financial and social structures while bringing the world’s billions of “unbanked” individuals into a new global economy.

Cryptocurrency holds the promise of a financial system without a middleman, one owned by the people who use it and one safeguarded from the devastation of a 2008-type crash.

But bitcoin, the most famous of the cybermonies, carries a reputation for instability, wild fluctuation, and illicit business; some fear it has the power to eliminate jobs and to upend the concept of a nation-state. It implies, above all, monumental and wide-reaching change–for better and for worse. But it is here to stay, and you ignore it at your peril.

Vigna and Casey demystify cryptocurrency–its origins, its function, and what you need to know to navigate a cyber-economy. The digital currency world will look very different from the paper currency world; The Age of Cryptocurrency will teach you how to be ready.”

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The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and the Blockchain Are Challenging the Global Economic Order
  • Picador USA
  • Paul Vigna, Michael J. Casey
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Edition no. 0 (01/12/2016)
  • Paperback: 384 pages

Cryptocurrency – A Trader’s Handbook

“December 2017 has shown that Cryptocurrencies have the potential to split the society into two groups – the one which believes in this technology and the other one which calls it a bubble.

Which side is right? Are there any indicators that might prove the one or the other?

Cryptocurrencies are the largest wealth redistribution in history, that is just starting to gain attention.

People are still confused what blockchain is, and very few understand the potential it has. Isn’t this the perfect time to learn more about it?

This book is divided into two parts. The first will teach you everything about Cryptocurrencies and how they work. Contrary to many other books on the market, we focus on practical implications of the economy as well. Within this book you will learn:

  • How cryptocurrencies work.
  • How cryptocurrencies can be used within the economy.
  • How to conduct a fundamental analysis.
  • How to conduct a technical analysis.
  • How to invest confident and successful.
  • and more!

It does not matter if you are entirely new to Cryptocurrencies or if you already have some knowledge on this topic. We aim to provide an easy entry for anybody by sharing our experience in the most practical way possible. So, the question is, are you watching from the sidelines or are you participating in the revolution?”

Cryptocurrency - A Trader's Handbook: A Complete Guide On How To Trade Bitcoin And Altcoins
  • Marvin Neuefeind, Marcin Kacperczyk
  • Publisher: Independently published
  • Paperback: 285 pages

The Truth Machine

From Michael J. Casey and Paul Vigna, the authors of The Age of Cryptocurrency, comes the definitive work on the Internet’s Next Big Thing: The Blockchain.

Big banks have grown bigger and more entrenched. Privacy exists only until the next hack. Credit card fraud is a fact of life. Many of the “legacy systems” once designed to make our lives easier and our economy more efficient are no longer up to the task.

Yet there is a way past all this–a new kind of operating system with the potential to revolutionize vast swaths of our economy: the blockchain.

In The Truth Machine, Michael J. Casey and Paul Vigna demystify the blockchain and explain why it can restore personal control over our data, assets, and identities; grant billions of excluded people access to the global economy; and shift the balance of power to revive society’s faith in itself.

They reveal the disruption it promises for industries including finance, tech, legal, and shipping.

Casey and Vigna expose the challenge of replacing trusted (and not-so-trusted) institutions on which we’ve relied for centuries with a radical model that bypasses them.

The Truth Machine reveals the empowerment possible when self-interested middlemen give way to the transparency of the blockchain, while highlighting the job losses, assertion of special interests, and threat to social cohesion that will accompany this shift.

With the same balanced perspective they brought to The Age of Cryptocurrency, Casey and Vigna show why we all must care about the path that blockchain technology takes–moving humanity forward, not backward.”

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The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything
  • Paul Vigna, Michael J. Casey
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Hardcover: 320 pages

Bitcoin: The Future of Money?

“Following the economic crisis of 2008, the website ‘bitcoin.org’ was registered by a mysterious computer programmer called Satoshi Nakamoto. A new form of money was born: electronic cash.

Does Bitcoin have the potential to change how the world transacts financially? Or is it just a passing fad, even a major scam?

In Bitcoin: The Future of Money?MoneyWeek’s Dominic Frisby’s explains this controversial new currency and how it came about, interviewing some of the key players in its development while casting light on its strange and murky origins, in particular the much-disputed identity of Nakamoto himself.

Economic theory meets whodunnit mystery in this indispensable guide to one of the most divisive innovations of our time.”

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Bitcoin: The future of money?
  • Dominic Frisby
  • Publisher: Unbound
  • Edition no. 1 (01/15/2015)
  • Paperback: 304 pages

Blockchain Revolution

“Blockchain technology is powering our future. As the technology behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, open software platforms like Ethereum, and disruptive companies like Ripple, it’s too important to ignore.

In this revelatory book, Don Tapscott, the bestselling author of Wikinomics, and his son, blockchain expert Alex Tapscott, bring us a brilliantly researched, highly readable, and essential book about the technology driving the future of the economy.

Blockchain is the ingeniously simple, revolution-ary protocol that allows transactions to be simultaneously anonymous and secure by maintaining a tamperproof public ledger of value. Though it’s best known as the technology that drives bitcoin and other digital currencies, it also has the potential to go far beyond currency, to record virtually everything of value to humankind, from birth and death certificates to insurance claims, land titles, and even votes.

Blockchain is also essential to understand if you’re an artist who wants to make a living off your art, a consumer who wants to know where that hamburger meat really came from, an immigrant who’s tired of paying big fees to send money home to your loved ones, or an entrepreneur looking for a new platform to build a business. And those examples are barely the tip of the iceberg.

As with major paradigm shifts that preceded it, blockchain technology will create winners and losers. This book shines a light on where it can lead us in the next decade and beyond.”

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Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies Is Changing the World
  • Don Tapscott, Alex Tapscott
  • Publisher: Portfolio
  • Edition no. 0 (06/12/2018)
  • Paperback: 432 pages

Cryptocurrency: What The World’s Best Blockchain Investors Know – That You Don’t

“Why do some people almost always make money in the cryptocurrency market?

You’ve probably seen Bitcoin prices fell by more than 50% since the start of the year.
You’re thinking that the market has seen its best days.

And there’s no more money to be made in crypto.

Well think again.

You see, cryptocurrency has been here before.

The market has seen big losses in small spaces of time.

But the major thing people overlook is, these losses are always followed by even bigger gains.

Because cryptocurrency now has more mainstream adoption than ever.”

Cryptocurrency Beginners Bible

“Discover how you can make money from cryptocurrency – even if you’re a complete novice.

Between 2010 and 2017 The price of Bitcoin rose from $0.07 to over $4,000 – An increase of 5,714,190%!

That’s the equivalent of buying 1 share of Apple stock today and it being worth $9.1 million in just 7 years.

But the Bitcoin ship has sailed right? Aren’t the best days of cryptocurrency are over.

Think again.

In fact, there is no better time than now to get involved in the cryptocurrency market.

Cryptocurrency: Mining, Investing and Trading in Blockchain

“Lots of investment opportunities have come and gone. Now is the time for cryptocurrencies, so do not miss the boat. These currencies have a market cap of over $100 billion!

This book is packed with research and references so that you can make an informed decision about these cryptocurrencies.

If you want to learn more about cryptocurrencies and whether the opportunity is worth it, then this book will definitely help you make an informed decision!”

The Book of Satoshi

“Have you, like the rest of the world, speculated as to the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, anonymous creator of Bitcoin?

The world’s first cryptocurrency, Bitcoin went online in 2009 and has since revolutionized our concepts of currency and money.

Not supported by any government or central bank, completely electronic, Bitcoin is a virtual currency based on advanced cryptographic systems.

Like the currency he created, the identity of Bitcoin’s creator Satoshi Nakamoto is virtual, existing only online.

The Nakamoto persona, which may represent an individual or a group, exists only in the online publications that introduced and explained Bitcoin during its earliest days.

Here, collected and professionally published for the first time are the essential writings that detail Bitcoin’s creation.

Included are

  • Satoshi Nakamoto Emails and Posts on Computer Forums Presented in Chronological Order
  • Bitcoin Fundamentals Presented in Layman’s Terms
  • Bitcoin’s Potential and Profound Economic Implications
  • The Seminal Paper Which Started It All

The Book of Satoshi provides a convenient way to parse through what Bitcoin’s creator wrote over the span of the two years that constituted his “public life” before he disappeared from the Internet … at least under the name Satoshi Nakamoto.

Beginning on November 1st 2009 with the publication of the seminal paper describing Bitcoin, this public life ends at about the time PC World speculated as to a possible link between Bitcoin and WikiLeaks, the infamous website that publishes leaked classified materials. Was there a connection? You be the judge.

Nakamoto’s true identity may never be known. Therefore the writings reproduced here are probably all the world will ever hear from him concerning Bitcoin’s creation, workings, and theoretical basis.

Want to learn more about Bitcoin? Go directly to the source—the writings of the creator himself, Satoshi Nakamoto!”

The Book Of Satoshi: The Collected Writings of Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto
  • Phil Champagne
  • Publisher: The Book Of Satoshi
  • Edition no. 1 (06/05/2014)
  • Paperback: 394 pages

Hodling- A Bitcoin Wallet Handbook

“Bitcoin is one of those things that, in the past several years, has created a lot of buzz all over the world.

Be it Brexit, or Donald Trump as the new US president, or India demonetizing their currency or the Bcash hard fork, all these dramatic economic events can be viewed in terms of Bitcoin.

Even though there are many other cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin is the gateway to this world. Same is in the case of cryptocurrency wallets.

Once you learn everything about the world of Bitcoin wallets, you will be able to work with wallets for other thousands of cryptocurrencies.

This book will give you valuable insights on what Bitcoin is, how it works, what are the different types of bitcoin wallets and what it offers to a layman like you and me. Here is a short synopsis of the table of content.

  • An introduction to Bitcoin Wallet.
  • What is Bitcoin Private Key?
  • Different types of Bitcoin wallets (Paper wallet, Hardware wallet, Mobile wallet, Desktop wallet, Web wallet).
  • What is Cold Storage in Cryptocurrency (aka Cold Wallets).
  • What are Bitcoin hardware wallets?
  • What is a Brain wallet & how to make one?
  • What are multisig wallets?
  • The Best Bitcoin Wallets:(Hardware, Mobile & Desktop).
  • Security risk of using Mobile wallet/ Desktop wallet/Web wallet.
  • When to use mobile wallet (For quick transactions, when travelling to use Bitcoins, sometime to show off.

Once you understand the fundamentals, it will be easier for you to decide on your own about the future of the whole cryptocurrency world.”

Hodling- A Bitcoin Wallet Handbook
  • Harsh Agrawal
  • Kindle Edition
  • English

Blockchain for Babies

“Help your future genius become the smartest baby in the room by introducing them to blockchain technology with the next installment of the Baby University board book series!

Full of scientific information from notable experts, this is the perfect book to teach complex concepts in a simple, engaging way.

Blockchain for Babies is a colorfully simple introduction to the technology behind Bitcoin for cryptographers of all ages. It’s never too early to become a scientist!”

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Blockchain for Babies (Baby University)
  • Chris Ferrie, Marco Tomamichel
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Explore
  • Board book: 24 pages

Cryptocurrency: How to Make a Lot of Money Investing and Trading in Cryptocurrency

“If you had purchased $100 worth of Bitcoins in the middle of 2009 and held onto those coins until August 2017, you would have turned that $100 into more than $8,000,000.

The lucrative world of cryptocurrency no longer has to be a mystery. This book will shock you. Secret strategies are revealed. Discover what cryptocurrency is all about and how to make a lot of money investing and trading in them.

While the Bitcoin ship might have already sailed, it is not too late to jump onto the cryptocurrency bandwagon and make a profit in the process.

If you are wondering about how to go about doing just that then Cryptocurrency: How to Make a Lot of Money Investing and Trading in Cryptocurrency is the book you have been waiting for.”

Cryptocurrency Investing Bible

“Until recently, cryptocurrency had been viewed as a sort of amusement for a handful of the chosen who bought and sold something and believed that a new currency would make a hit one day!

You surely were also among those people who did not take Bitcoin and cryptocurrency seriously, but the current events gag even the biggest skeptics.

The world’s largest economies – India and Japan – recognized Bitcoin as the official currency. The US authorities recognized cryptocurrency as the asset. And this is just the beginning.

Mining on an industrial scale The cryptocurrency market is extremely fast-changing, and it is almost impossible to monitor the situation and make the right decisions on your own.

Most people have no proper experience, time and money for that. My book gives basic yet quite extensive information for those people who do not chase a rainbow but want to build a long-term profitable business in one of the cryptocurrency areas: from mining to investing.”

The Scandal of Money

“As famed economist and New York Times bestselling author George Gilder points out, “despite multi-billion dollar stimulus packages and near-zero interest rates, Wall Street recovers but the economy never does.”

In his groundbreaking new book, The Scandal of Money, Gilder unveils a radical new explanation for our economic woes.  Gilder also exposes the corruption of the Federal Reserve, Washington power-brokers, and Wall Street’s “too-big-to-fail” megabanks, detailing how a small cabal of elites have manipulated currencies and crises to stifle economic growth and crush the middle class.

Gilder spares no one in his devastating attack on politicians’ economic policies.  He claims that the Democrats will steer us to ruin – but points out that Republicans are also woefully misguided on how to salvage our economic future.  With all major polls showing that voters rank the economy as one of the top three “most important problems” facing the nation, Gilder’s myth-busting, paradigm-shifting recipe for economic growth could not come at a more critical time.

In The Scandal of Money, the reader will learn:

  • Who is to blame for the economic crippling of America.
  • How the new titans of Wall Street value volatility over profitability.
  • Why China is winning and we are losing.
  • Who the real 1% is and how they are crushing the middle class.
  • The hidden dangers of a cashless society.
  • What Republicans need to do to win the economic debate—and what the Democrats are doing to make things worse.”

An Altcoin Trader’s Handbook

“No doubt you will have seen or heard about the fervour that surrounded cryptocurrencies in 2017, and many of you may have dismissed them as a legitimate asset class; many may have felt a quiet interest but a looming fear; others undoubtedly felt drawn towards the allure of cryptocurrencies and altcoins (and any of the other innumerable names) yet lacked the framework required to tame this volatile and novel market.

To you, I present An Altcoin Trader’s Handbook.

The exponential growth of the cryptosphere over the previous half-decade has brought with it a plethora of life-changing speculative opportunities.

Where traditional financial markets seem inaccessible and ineffectual due to the prevalence of high fees and low returns, the emergence of a worldwide market of decentralised alternatives to Bitcoin allows for those unable (or unwilling) to navigate the often-slippery world of hedge funds and investment banks the chance to realise financial freedom.

This, of course, is no effortless journey, and this book does not profess to be a get-rich-quick scheme of any sort. Instead, An Altcoin Trader’s Handbook merges almost five years of tragicomic yet insightful anecdotes on the ever-evolving nature of the cryptosphere with a comprehensive strategy for profitable altcoin speculation.

The book focuses on maximising the upside potential of capital whilst diminishing downside risks, both of which are possible with speculation on so-called ‘microcap’ and ‘lowcap’ altcoins, given the application of proper risk management.

Above all, the reader will learn, in exhaustive detail, the three-stage process of research, accumulation and distribution that has been the bedrock of my own success in the space.

The journey will be intensive – often arduous – but will, with some good fortune, result in an individual most well-equipped to capitalise on the greatest glut of financial opportunity the world has ever seen.”

An Altcoin Trader's Handbook
  • Nik Patel
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Paperback: 235 pages

Blockchain Basics

“In 25 concise steps, you will learn the basics of blockchain technology. No mathematical formulas, program code, or computer science jargon are used. No previous knowledge in computer science, mathematics, programming, or cryptography is required. Terminology is explained through pictures, analogies, and metaphors.

This book bridges the gap that exists between purely technical books about the blockchain and purely business-focused books. It does so by explaining both the technical concepts that make up the blockchain and their role in business-relevant applications.

What You’ll Learn

  • What the blockchain is.
  • Why it is needed and what problem it solves.
  • Why there is so much excitement about the blockchain and its potential.
  • Major components and their purpose.
  • How various components of the blockchain work and interact.
  • Limitations, why they exist, and what has been done to overcome them.
  • Major application scenarios.”
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Blockchain Basics: A Non-Technical Introduction in 25 Steps
  • Daniel Drescher
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Edition no. 1 (03/16/2017)
  • Paperback: 276 pages

The Business Blockchain

“The definitive pioneering blueprint covering the what, why and how of the blockchain.

Blockchains are new technology layers that rewire the Internet and threaten to side-step older legacy constructs and centrally served businesses.

At its core, a blockchain injects trust into the network, cutting off some intermediaries from serving that function and creatively disrupting how they operate. Metaphorically, blockchains are the ultimate non-stop computers.

Once launched, they never go down, and offer an incredible amount of resiliency, making them dependable and attractive for running a new generation of decentralized services and software applications.

The Business Blockchain charts new territory in advancing our understanding of the blockchain by unpacking its elements like no other before.

William Mougayar anticipates a future that consists of thousands, if not millions of blockchains that will enable not only frictionless value exchange, but also a new flow of value, redefining roles, relationships, power and governance.

In this book, Mougayar makes two other strategic assertions. First, the blockchain has polymorphic characteristics; its application will result in a multiplicity of effects.

Second, we shouldn’t ask ourselves what problems the blockchain solves, because that gives us a narrow view on its potential.

Rather, we should imagine new opportunities, and tackle even more ambitious problems that cross organizational, regulatory and mental boundaries.”

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The Business Blockchain: Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology
  • Wiley
  • William Mougayar
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Edition no. 1 (05/09/2016)
  • Hardcover: 208 pages

Crypto Taxes Made Happy

Cryptocurrency is no longer just a fad, it is a way of life for many. Fortunes have been made and lost in this very volatile asset class. And when there are profits, there are taxes.

With so much misinformation on the internet, this How-to Guide clears up the FUD around crypto tax preparation.

For years, some traders thought their gains would be tax free, until the IRS successfully sued Coinbase.

With information sharing now in full motion and expected to increase across additional worldwide exchanges, properly paying taxes on crypto trades is the safe way to go.

Whether you are a someone new to crypto investing, been at it for a couple of years, an early adopter or even if you are a tax professional looking to get up to speed on an asset class that is not going away anytime soon, Crypto Taxes Made Happy is for you.

In his detailed guide book, accomplished entrepreneur, author, inventor and CryptoTaxPrep.com founder Mario Costanz lays out an extensive roadmap to understanding all of the rules, requirements, intricacies and nuances of crypto tax preparation.

You’ll Learn:

  • How Cryptocurrency is treated by the IRS.
  • What this means for crypto traders for 2017 tax returns and beyond.
  • Strategies to legally minimize your tax liability and stay protected from the IRS.

If you are serious about cryptocurrency, this comprehensive book is one that you NEED to own.”

Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy

“The Age of Google, built on big data and machine intelligence, has been an awesome era. But it’s coming to an end.

In Life after Google, George Gilder—the peerless visionary of technology and culture—explains why Silicon Valley is suffering a nervous breakdown and what to expect as the post-Google age dawns.

Google’s astonishing ability to “search and sort” attracts the entire world to its search engine and countless other goodies—videos, maps, email, calendars….And everything it offers is free, or so it seems. Instead of paying directly, users submit to advertising.

The system of “aggregate and advertise” works—for a while—if you control an empire of data centers, but a market without prices strangles entrepreneurship and turns the Internet into a wasteland of ads.”

Blockchain for Dummies

“Find out what Blockchain is, how it works, and what it can do for you.

Blockchain is the technology behind Bitcoin, the revolutionary ‘virtual currency’ that’s changing the way people do business.

While Bitcoin has enjoyed some well-deserved hype, Blockchain may be Bitcoin’s most vital legacy.

Blockchain For Dummies is the ideal starting place for business pros looking to gain a better understanding of what Blockchain is, how it can improve the integrity of their data, and how it can work to fundamentally change their business and enhance their data security.

Blockchain For Dummies covers the essential things you need to know about this exciting technology’s promise of revolutionizing financial transactions, data security, and information integrity.

The book covers the technologies behind Blockchain, introduces a variety of existing Blockchain solutions, and even walks you through creating a small but working Blockchain-based application.

Blockchain holds the promise to revolutionize a wide variety of businesses. Get in the know about Blockchain now with Blockchain For Dummies and be ready to make the changes to business that your colleagues and competitors will later wish they’d done.

Discover ten ways Blockchain can change business:

  • Find out how to apply a Blockchain solution
  • See how to make data more secure
  • Learn how to work with vendors

Filled with vital information and tips on how this paradigm-changing technology can transform your business for the better, this book will not only show you Blockchain’s full potential, but your own as well!”

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  • Tiana Laurence
  • Publisher: For Dummies
  • Edition no. 1 (05/01/2017)
  • Paperback: 240 pages

American Kingpin

“The unbelievable true story of the man who built a billion-dollar online drug empire from his bedroom – and almost got away with it.

In 2011, a twenty-six-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine Web site hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything – drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons – free of the government’s watchful eye.

It wasn’t long before the media got wind of the new Web site where anyone – not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers – could buy and sell contraband detection-free.

Spurred by a public outcry, the federal government launched an epic two-year manhunt for the site’s elusive proprietor, with no leads, no witnesses, and no clear jurisdiction.

All the investigators knew was that whoever was running the site called himself the Dread Pirate Roberts.”

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American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
  • Nick Bilton
  • Publisher: Portfolio
  • Edition no. 0 (05/29/2018)
  • Paperback: 368 pages

Cryptography Books

Break the Code: Cryptography for Beginners

“No, it’s not a message from outer space! Just read it backwards, starting from the bottom line, to discover what this specially coded message says. (The extra letter “X” at the beginning was thrown in just to make the message a bit more mysterious.)

Codes have been used for centuries. Now, with the help of this entertaining book, you, too, will be able to decipher dozens of secret messages.

Veteran cryptographer Bud Johnson not only describes the different techniques used in secret writing but also explains – clearly and simply – how to make and break six different kinds of codes: simple letter grouping, reverse trail, shift code, key word code, date shift code, and twisted path code.

You’ll even learn techniques for creating your own confidential messages!

Cartoons by illustrator Larry Daste accompany the 51 practice messages, along with easy-to-follow instructions explaining each type of code and how to use it.

There’s also a glossary defining common terms used by cryptographers, a sheet of reproducible graph paper for writing out messages, and a page of ready-made alphabets for shift and key word codes.

And if all those funny drawings and helpful guidelines aren’t enough to help you decode our secret messages, don’t worry. Solutions are included at the end of the book.”

Break the Code: Cryptography for Beginners (Dover Children's Activity Books)
  • Bud Johnson
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Paperback: 80 pages

Codes, Ciphers and Other Cryptic and Clandestine Communication

“Spies, secret societies, religious cults as well as anyone who has used an ATM or the internet rely on the making and breaking of codes for security.

  • Like a spy novel combined with the technology of a Tom Clancy thriller, Codes, Ciphers and Other Clandestine Communication successfully interweaves technical explanations of each important coding method with their place in the shadowy world of secret communications.
  • Special chapters teach some easy and fun ciphers that readers can make and use at home.
  • Hundreds of illustrated examples take the reader step-by-step through the foundations of cipher making from Caesar’s cipher to World War I’s ADFGX and beyond. Detailed diagrams and line drawings of each coding machine will delight technology buffs and war-machine aficionados.
  • Packed with historical anecdotes about cryptography’s most famous pioneers and practitioners, this book covers the development of codes through the ages from the druids, Marie Antoinette, Aaron Burr, Confederate spies in the Civil War to the Freemasons, German U-Boat Wolf Packs, the KGB, and much more.”
Codes, Ciphers and Other Cryptic and Clandestine Communication: 400 Ways to Send Secret Messages from Hieroglyphs to the Internet
  • Used Book in Good Condition
  • Fred B. Wrixon
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal
  • Edition no. 0 (01/10/1998)
  • Hardcover: 704 pages

Encyclopedia of Cryptology

“The Encyclopedia of Cryptology addresses the basic theoretical concepts and provides a broad overview of the writing, sending, protection, and decrypting of codes and ciphers.

This volume also includes biographical sketches, important events in the history of cryptography, and discussions of the practical applications of codes in everyday life.

Illustrations, bibliographic references, and cross-references, plus two indexes complement the text.”

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  • David E. Newton
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO
  • Edition no. 0 (10/01/1997)
  • Hardcover: 330 pages

Alan Turing: The Enigma

“The official book behind the Academy Award-winning film The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley.

It is only a slight exaggeration to say that the British mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954) saved the Allies from the Nazis, invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and anticipated gay liberation by decades – all before his suicide at age forty-one.

This New York Times–bestselling biography of the founder of computer science, with a new preface by the author that addresses Turing’s royal pardon in 2013, is the definitive account of an extraordinary mind and life.

Capturing both the inner and outer drama of Turing’s life, Andrew Hodges tells how Turing’s revolutionary idea of 1936 – the concept of a universal machine – laid the foundation for the modern computer and how Turing brought the idea to practical realization in 1945 with his electronic design.

The book also tells how this work was directly related to Turing’s leading role in breaking the German Enigma ciphers during World War II, a scientific triumph that was critical to Allied victory in the Atlantic.

At the same time, this is the tragic account of a man who, despite his wartime service, was eventually arrested, stripped of his security clearance, and forced to undergo a humiliating treatment program – all for trying to live honestly in a society that defined homosexuality as a crime.

The inspiration for a major motion picture starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, Alan Turing: The Enigma is a gripping story of mathematics, computers, cryptography, and homosexual persecution.

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  • Alan Turing The Enigma The Book That Inspired the Film The Imitation Game
  • Andrew Hodges
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Edition no. 0 (11/10/2014)
  • Paperback: 768 pages

Battle of Wits

“A million pages of new World War II codebreaking records have been released by the U.S. Army and Navy and the British government over the last five years.

Now, Battle of Wits presents the history of the war that these documents reveal. From the battle of Midway until the last German code was broken in January 1945, this is an astonishing epic of a war that was won not simply by brute strength but also by reading the enemy’s intentions.

The revelations of Stephen Budiansky’s dramatic history include how Britain tried to manipulate the American codebreakers and monopolize German Enigma code communications; the first detailed published explanations of how the Japanese codes were broken; and how the American codebreaking machines worked to crack the Japanese, the German, and even the Russian diplomatic codes.

The compelling narrative shows the crucial effect codebreaking had on the battlefields by explaining the urgency of stopping the wolf pack U-boat attacks in the North Atlantic, the importance of halting Rommel’s tanks in North Africa, and the necessity of ensuring that the Germans believed the Allies’ audacious deception and cover plans for D-Day. Unveiled for the first time, the complete story of codebreaking in World War II has now been told.”

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  • Stephen Budiansky
  • Publisher: Free Press

Best Cryptocurrency Books – In Conclusion

We really hope this list of the best cryptocurrency books has been useful to you. We’ve given you a range of different books here. As ever, it really depends on what you’re looking to learn and what your goals are.

These books will give you glimpses into worlds that you maybe haven’t considered yet and reading just a few of these will put you ahead of 99% of other people. Because most people aren’t trying to advance their knowledge and wisdom.

So whether you’re a trader, an investor, a business owner, or anything else, these cryptocurrency books will help you out.

What did we miss? If we missed out your favorite crypto book, let us know in the comments below.