The Bitcoin Standard
A fascinating look at the history of money and an examination of our modern monetary system, The Bitcoin Standard has become a Bible in the cryptocurrency community and for good reason. The first half of the book is incisive and complete, and offers an intriguing analysis of the reason why the world needs a hard money like Bitcoin. Discussion of the technology that makes Bitcoin possible including proof of work, the underlying cryptographic functions such as SHA-256 and clever avoidance of the double spend problem, is clear and accessible. There are of course political undertones and the expression of many libertarian beliefs, which discerning readers will process and interpret in line with their own preferences. If there is one book you want to read to understand Bitcoin and crypto in some depth, make it The Bitcoin Standard.