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Op-Ed: My Adventures In Getting A Read On Crypto

Reading Time: 2 minutes by on November 15, 2017 Commentary

Anyone who knows me well is aware of the fact that I’m a voracious reader. Frankly, it’s a trait I picked up from my parents; a father who engulfed book of all genres like there was no tomorrow and a mother who happened to be a reading specialist for a K-8 school system.

These days, most of my reading interests lie in the abundance of new and exciting books being released on all things cryptocurrency, blockchain or otherwise. What I particularly find fascinating about this subcategory of reads is that like cars that begins depreciating the moment it’s driven off the lot, books in the crypto/blockchain realm often become outdated the very moment they are published and released.

If you are anything like me, you are finding it challenging to keep up with all that’s happening in the Blockchain/Crypto space as new disruptive shifts occur each week that alter existing thinking. Nevertheless, there are four books that I believe are critical reads at this juncture of crypto’s evolution. So here are my recommendations:

Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor’s Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond by Chris Burniske and Jack Tatar

Just received a copy of this book in the mail and it appears to be a solid read. I’ve since corresponded with the latter co-author who is as smart as they come. Planning to begin this book today and will share what I learn in a future post.

Down The Rabbit Hole: Discover The Power of the Blockchain by Tim Lea

I recently completed this one and can honestly say that it’s the book I most often recommend to newbies to the blockchain and crypto worlds. The authors’ stories and analogies make it a very easy read for grasping the basics.

How Money Got Free: Bitcoin and the Fight for the Future of Finance by Brian Patrick Eha

I downloaded this book the other day on my Kindle and can’t wait to jump into it. Eha has made quite a name for himself as a brash, no holds barred commentator on Bitcoin‘s crazy ride. That’s why I’m excited to see what he has to say in this read.

Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Decided to toss this into the mix given that it is the best book I’ve read in ages. While not directly related to Bitcoin and the Blockchain, this book offers some compelling arguments as to why periods of chaos and discord such as what cryptocurrency world has regularly faced is a positive thing regarding strengthening the overall ecosystem. It is for this reason that I highly recommend it.

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