What’s the best Bitcoin book? There are few distinctive ones like there’s different “Bitcoins”. Capital “B” Bitcoin is used to refer to the technology and small caps “b” bitcoin is used to talk about the currency. Satoshi Nakamoto was the first to essentially start both concepts physically as we have them now. I will shortly outline the best books in non hierarchical order.
The Internet of Money Volume I & II
The Internet of Money: Volumes One and Two by Andreas M. Antonopoulos are basically a ton of the best of Andreas Antonopolous’ videos on YouTube in a dense, narrated and structured form. If you want to get into Bitcoin, realpolitisch, Antonopoulos is more important than Satoshi Nakamoto. Whenever you feel like a bear market or insecure thoughts in your brain, listen to Antonopoulos to calm you down. In the end you will find out: It’s all about the long term freezing cold storage of your satoshis (100.000.000 satoshis = 1 bitcoin).
Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor’s Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond by Chris Burniske and Jack Tatar should be read or listened to, when you have absolutely no time to dive into the shitstorm-rabbithole of crypto social media and resources. The book shows the famous existing crypto currencies and the teleological functions of them in a relatively sober way. In the end, it’s good to know why Bitcoin is the only system and currency that really matters and what the driving technology of the “blockchain” might offer in the long term in general.
The Bitcoin Standard
The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking by Saifadean Ammous should always be chosen over the “Cryptoassets” Guide. It is more about Bitcoin than about bitcoin. Here you are going to learn the philosophical fundamentals in an easy way. It is recommended to get the physical version of the book because it comes with very compelling graphs and numbers. If Satoshi Nakamotos Whitepaper is the Sermon on the Mount, The Bitcoin Standard is the handbook from some Jehovah’s Witness. Only in a good sense.
Mastering Bitcoin: Programming the Open Blockchain by Andreas M. Antonopoulos is the tip of the iceberg of the reason Andreas Antonopoulos is not a quack. He is competent and knows what he is talking about when he tells you that Bitcoin is a viable part of our monetary future. This specific book pars very well with a Python course of choice. If you want to get to the mathematical truth of Bitcoin and not just the philosophical sophistry of some free-market vision, this book is your absolute go-to. It comes with a lot of graphics and clear explanations.