Best Bitcoin Books to Read in 2021

Blockchain Bubble or Revolution: The Present and Future of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

Blockchain Bubble or Revolution: The Present and Future of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies by [Mehta, Neel, Agashe, Aditya, Detroja, Parth]I have spent a lot of time trying to get a good understanding of blockchain and its future. Bubble or Revolution is the only book I have read that does exactly this. It does a fantastic job of explaining how blockchain technology works (about one fourth of the book). I really like how the authors use creative metaphors to explain what is happening behind the scenes – I feel like I can now explain how tech works to a 5th grader.

The remaining three fourths of the book focuses on the use cases for blockchains and cryptocurrencies in the form of case studies and research (other books like Blockchain Basics spend 60% of the book explaining the tech in micro details that are irrelevant). There is a lot of thoughtful analysis when dissecting these case studies that helped me understand some of the shortcomings and weaknesses of blockchain technology.

I have read a lot of overly bullish books (like Blockchain Revolution), but Bubble or Revolution differs in that it offers frameworks for helping you understand in what use cases the pros of blockchain technology outweigh the cons. The authors do a fantastic job of making predictions on how major countries (e.g. China) and major companies (e.g. Facebook and Microsoft) will adopt blockchain and the reasons behind it.

If you are looking for an easy to understand overview of how blockchain works, why it matters, AND where the technology is headed from an unbiased perspective, I’d highly recommend checking out Bubble or Revolution!


The Little Bitcoin Book: Why Bitcoin Matters for Your Freedom, Finances, and Future

The Little Bitcoin Book: Why Bitcoin Matters for Your Freedom, Finances, and FutureEveryone has friends or family who have heard about Bitcoin, but how do you get them started? There are good books on Bitcoin economics (The Bitcoin Standard by Saifedean Ammous) and technology (Programming Bitcoin by Jimmy Song). Yet, despite being excellent resources, these books may be a bit too deep for a total newcomer. The Little Bitcoin Book is the solution.

Written over the course of just four days, by eight different industry experts working together, the book is a great introduction to Bitcoin. There are short chapters on money/economics, trading and volatility, and even human rights. Over half of the book is devoted to Q&A, covering most common questions and concerns around the new currency. Plenty of additional resources are linked for those willing to dig deeper and participate in the Bitcoin economy.

If you want to introduce your family to Bitcoin this holiday season, this is the book to get.


The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains

The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains: An Introduction to Cryptocurrencies and the Technology that Powers Them by [Lewis, Antony]

This book grabbed my attention from the first chapter. I’ve been in the industry for some time; personally, this is one of the few books I would suggest to those interested in understanding the basics of blockchains and bitcoin. Antony helps us clearly understand the theme, concisely describing the technology in a logical way, clearly presenting the concepts, and on top of that how everything fits together. Unlike Mastering Bitcoin by Andreas M. Antonopoulos, which definitely is a book for people who already have a programming background, interestingly The Basics of Bitcoins and Blockchains can be appreciated by readers with different backgrounds. It is an enjoyable and easy reading although a comprehensive exposure to bitcoin and blockchains.
As mentioned on the back cover, this book is a crash course in money, cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings (ICO) and enterprise blockchains. As the one responsible for Cash and CBDC strategy at R3, not surprisingly, Antony teaches us everything we have to know from historical facts, physical and digital money, through a smooth introduction to cryptography (probably the most understandable explanation about the mechanics of Proof-of-Work), the emergence of cryptocurrencies and digital tokens to the latest thinking about the technology adoption by enterprises. By and large a delightful read for anyone who wants to understand everything about bitcoins and blockchains.