Best Cryptocurrency Books

The Sovereign Individual ~ by James Dale Davidson and William Rees Morg

The Sovereign Individual is one of those books that changes the way you see the world forever. It was published in 1997, but the extent to which it anticipates the impact of blockchain technology will give you chills. We are entering the fourth stage of human society, moving from the industrial to the information age. You must read this book to understand how things will change.

As it becomes easier to live comfortably and earn an income from anywhere, we already know that those who will truly thrive in the new information age will be workers who are not tied to a single job or career, and regardless of location. The drive to choose a place to live based on price savings is already more attractive, but it goes beyond digital nomadism and freelance gigs. The foundations of democracy, government and money are changing.

The authors predicted Black Tuesday and the collapse of the Soviet Union, and here they predict that the rise of individual power will coincide with decentralized technology that swallows the power of governments. The toll on nation-states, they predicted with extraordinary foresight, would be private, digital cash. When that happens, the dynamic of governments as immovable bandits robbing hard-working citizens with taxes. If you have become someone who can solve problems for people anywhere in the world, then you are about to enter a new cognitive elite. Don’t miss this one!

Choice quote: “When technology is mobile and transactions take place in cyberspace, as they increasingly will, governments will no longer be able to charge more for their services than they are worth to the people who pay for them.”

Sapiens. A Brief History of Humankind ~ by Yuval Noah Harari

Whenever I want to impress upon someone how good this book is, I ask: “Do you want to know the fundamental difference between humans and monkeys? A monkey can jump up and down on a rock and shake a stick and shout to its friends. “Danger, danger, lion.” A monkey can also lie. He can jump up and down on a rock and wave a stick and scream about a lion when there really isn’t a lion. He’s just being silly. But what the monkey can’t do is jump up and come down and shake the stick around and scream, “Danger, danger, dragon!”

Why this? Because dragons aren’t real. As Harari explains, it’s the human imagination, our ability to believe in and talk about things we’ve never seen or touched, that has elevated the species to cooperate with strangers in large numbers. In the universe there are no gods, no nations, no money, no human rights, no laws, no religions, and justice beyond the common human imagination. We make them so.

It’s all a pretty great prelude to where we are today. After the Cognitive Revolution and the Agricultural Revolution, Harari guides you to the Scientific Revolution, which started only 500 years ago and which could start something completely different for humanity. The money, however, will remain. Read this book to understand that money is the greatest story ever told, and that trust is the raw material from which all kinds of money are made.

Choice quote: “Sapiens, by contrast, live in a three-layered reality. In addition to trees, rivers, fears and desires, the world of sapiens also contains stories about money, gods, nations and corporations.”

The Internet of Money ~ by Andreas M. Antonopoulos

If the two books above help us understand the historical context in which Bitcoin first appeared, this book expands on the “why” with infectious enthusiasm. Andreas Antonopoulos is perhaps the most respected voice in the crypto space. He has been traveling the world as a Bitcoin evangelist since 2010, and this book is a compilation of talks he gave on the chain between 2013 and 2016, all of which have been hardened for publication.

His first book, Mastering Bitcoin, is a deep dive into the technology, aimed more specifically at developers, engineers, and software and systems architects. But this book uses some choice metaphors to explain why you can’t ban or shut down Bitcoin, how the scaling debate doesn’t really matter, and why Bitcoin needs the help of designers to block mass adoption.

“When you drive your brand new car around town for the first time,” he writes, “you’re riding on roads used by horses that have infrastructure designed and used for horses. There are no light signals. There are no road rules, no asphalt. roads And what happened, the cars got stuck because they didn’t have balance and four legs? But fast forward a hundred years and the cars that were once scoffed at are absolutely the norm. If you want to swim in the philosophical, social and historical implications of Bitcoin, this is your starting point.

Choice quote: “Bitcoin is not just money for the internet. Yes, it is perfect money for the internet. It’s instant, it’s secure, it’s free. Yes, it’s money for the internet, but it’s so much more. Bitcoin is the internet. of money Currency is only the first application. If you understand that, you can look beyond price, you can look beyond volatility, you can look beyond fashion. At its core, Bitcoin is a revolutionary technology that will change the world. forever Join in!”