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Best Bitcoin & Blockchain Books 2017

With the rapidly increasing quantity and availability of Cryptocoins, the ever-rising price of Bitcoin, and speculation that Blockchain will be the “next internet” – now is a great time to start learning how Bitcoin and the Blockchain works.

The list below provides some of the top Blockchain books to get you started. Detailed summaries can be found below.

That’s what’s so great about Bitcoin. At inception (six years ago), it was tremendously disruptive and innovative. And since then, Bitcoin has only gotten better, and better by orders of magnitude.

-Andreas Antonopoulos, CryptoCoinsNews Interview

Happy Bitcoining!

Top bitcoin books 2017
Book Author(s)
The Age of Cryptocurrency Paul Vigna, Michael J. Casey Check Price
The Bitcoin Big Bang Brian Kelly Check Price
Mastering Bitcoin Andreas M. Anthonopoulos Check Price
The Internet of Money Andreas M. Antonopoulos Check Price
The Book Of Satoshi Phil Champagne Check Price
Blockchain Revolution Don Tapscott, Alex Tapscott Check Price
Digital Gold Nathaniel Popper Check Price
The Business Blockchain William Mougayar, foreword by Vitalik Buterin Check Price
Bitcoin: Mastering Bitcoin & Cyptocurrency for Beginners Tim Harris Check Price

The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order

Paul Vigna, Michael J. Casey

If you are not currently a bitcoin enthusiast, then you may have seen the word popping up more and more in the media this year. Bitcoin can be used to buy anything from a cup of coffee to a car.The Age of Crptocurrency bookcover

Why should you care about bitcoin?

The Age of Cryptocurrency will answer this question for you. Digital currencies are speculated to launch a global revolution that will remove and reinvent existing financial structures and institutions, while providing a way for the world’s “unbanked” to conduct electronic transactions. Cryptocurrency can eliminate the middle man, dramatically reducing transaction fees and cross border barriers, providing a safeguard to protect against future economic crashes.

Will you be prepared for a world without paper currency?

Learn the origins, function, and future of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies in general.

About the Author

Michael J. Casey

  • Writer, The Wall Street Journal covering global finance
  • Contributor, MoneyBeats blog
  • Host, WSJ Afterword a book-themed video series
  • Host of podcast on world economic affairs
  • Author, The Unfair Trade: How Our Broken Financial System Destroys the Middle Class

Paul Vigna

  • Markets Reporter, The Wall Street Journal
  • Columnist & Anchor, MoneyBeat
  • Interviewed by Bitcoin Magazine
  • Appeared on Bitcoins & Gravy podcast
  • 20+ years journalism experience

The Bitcoin Big Bang: How Alternative Currencies Are About to Change the World

Brian Kelly

Spurred by “selfish” reasons, Brian Kelly began writing The Bitcoin Big Bang during a time its value was at an all time high. He found himself sitting in a losing trade and felt the burning need to know everything he could about his investment in this new currency.

Bookcover - The Bitcoin Big Bang

The Bitcoin Big Bang was written by an experienced investor with literal “skin in the game”. Kelly has found that oftentimes he usually finds the best investments when other people think he is crazy.

Kelly takes a detailed look into not only bitcoin’s future, but the future of the blockchain itself. This book goes beyond a simple beginner’s perspective on blockchain and looks at its technical foundation and the implications for its use beyond “another currency”. In addition to currency, blockchain technology will revolutionize:

  • Identity Protection
  • The Business World
  • Financial Institutions
  • Legal Professions
  • Local and Global Governments
  • The Internet itself

Take a deeper look at the future of the world with an author posessing a strong education in Finance and over 20 years if investment expererience to back it up.


About the AuthorBrian Kelly

  • Founder, Brian Kelly Capital LLC
  • Global Macro Investor Manager, Brian Kelly Capital LLC
  • 20+ years investment experience
    • US & international equities
    • foreign currency
    • options, futures, metals, and commodities
  • CNBC Contributor
  • Appearances on Fast Money, Halftime Report, The Kudlow Report
  • BS Finance, University of Vermont
  • MBA (Finance & Econometrics), Babson Graduate School of Business

Mastering Bitcoin: Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies

Andreas M. Anthonopoulos

Author Andreas M. Anthonopoulos is well known for his ability to take complex topics and break them down into a format that is easily understood by non-technical audiences. In Mastering Bitcoin he specifically covers bitcoin in depth. Covering everything from setting up a bitcoin wallet to coding the blockchain itself. This book can be used to gain a foundational knowledge of bitcoin, but then goes into the nitty gritty details of the code itself.

As the first major cryptocurrency, bitcoin is the starting point for anyone interested in learning more about the blockchain in general.Bookcover - Mastering Bitcoin

Intended Audience

While the majority of this book is intended for coders, the first few chapters can be used by anyone as gain an understanding of bitcoin and a general introduction to the blockchain.

Although some of the topics covered may intimidate bitcoin newbies, TippyTop recommends this book for everyone because of Anthonopoulos’s ability to easily explain technical topics.

Chapter Overview

  1. Introduction
  2. How Bitcoin Works
  3. The Bitcoin Client
  4. Keys, Addresses, Wallets
  5. Transactions
  6. The Bitcoin Network
  7. The Blockchain
  8. Mining and Consensus
  9. Alternative Chains, Currencies and Applications
  10. Bitcoin Security

Additional Topics

  • Transaction Script Language Operators, Constants, and Symbols
  • Bitcoin Improvement Proposals
  • pycoin, ku, and tx
  • Bitcoin Explorer (bx) Commands

Mastering Bitcoin has received positive feedback from major bitcoin and blockchain advocates including:

  • Naval Ravikant (Cofounder, AngelList)
  • Gavin Andresen (Chief Scientist, Bitcoin Foundation)
  • Balaji S. Srinivasan (General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz)
  • Roger Ver (Bitcoin Entrepeneur and Investor)
 About Author
Andreas M. Antonopoulos

  • Technologist and Serial Entrepreneur
  • One of the most well-known and respected figures in bitcoin
  • Degrees in Computer Science, Data Communications, and Distributed Systems
  • Published over 200 articles on security, data centers, and cloud computing
  • Over 400 public speaking engagements to audiences from large conferences to executive boardrooms
  • Developed curriculum and co-taught “Masters Degree in Digital Currency, University of Nicosia
  • Advisor to several blockchain companies
  • Permanent host, Let’s Talk Bitcoin podcast

The Internet of Money

Andreas M. Antonopoulos

Bookcover - The Internet of Money

While most books present the “how?” of bitcoin, this book by Andreas M. Antonopoulos takes a deeper look into cryptocurrencies and addresses the “Why?”.


 Author Credentials
Andreas M. Antonopoulos

  • Technologist and Serial Entrepreneur
  • One of the most well-known and respected figures in bitcoin
  • Degrees in Computer Science, Data Communications, and Distributed Systems
  • Published over 200 articles on security, data centers, and cloud computing
  • Over 400 public speaking engagements to audiences from large conferences to executive boardrooms
  • Developed curriculum and co-taught “Masters Degree in Digital Currency, University of Nicosia
  • Advisor to several blockchain companies
  • Permanent host, Let’s Talk Bitcoin podcast

The Book Of Satoshi: The Collected Writings of Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto

Phil Champagne

Bookcover - The Book of Satoshi

About Satoshi Nakamoto (“Bitcoin Inventor”)

  • Satoshi’s Identity is virtual
  • May be an individual or a group
  • Published bitcoin details to internet, then disappeared
  • True identity may never be known

The Book of Satoshi contains a collection of the articles and posts published online by Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of bitcoin. The book includes

  • Satoshi Emails
  • Satoshi posts from online computer forums
  • The fundamentals of bitcoin
  • Bitcoin’s future impact on the world and established institutions
  • The paper which started bitcoin

“Banks must be trusted to hold our money and transfer it electronically, but they lend it out in waves of credit bubbles with barely a fraction in reserve. We have to trust them with our privacy, trust them not to let identity thieves drain our accounts. Their massive overhead costs make micropayments impossible.”

Satoshi Nakamoto, on banks

Chapter Highlights

The Book of Satoshi is comprised of over 70 chapters covering a wide range of bitcoin topics. Below are a few highlights:

  • How and Why Bitcoin Works
  • The First Post on Crypto Mailing List
  • Scalability Concerns
  • The 51% Attack
  • About Centrally Controlled Networks vs. Peer-to-Peer Networks
  • On Confirmation and Block Time
  • The Byzantine General’s Problem
  • On Elliptic Curve Cryptography, Denial of Service Attacks, and Confirmation
  • First Release of Bitcoin
  • On the Purpose for Which Bitcoin Could be Used First
  • Bitcoin Announced on P2P Foundation
  • Decentralization as Key to Success
  • Money Supply
  • Definition of Money and Bitcoin
  • Short Messages in the Block Chain
  • Wikileaks Using Bitcoin
  • Satoshi’s Last Forum Post: Release of Bitcoin 0.3.19
  • Last Private Correspondance
 About the Author
Phil Champagne

  • Managing Director, Wren Investment Group LLC
  • Passionate Bitcoin Advocate
  • Background and Education in Software Enginerring and History
  • Early Bitcoin Adapter

Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin Is Changing Money, Business, and the World

Don Tapscott, Alex Tapscott

Bookcover - Blockchain RevolutionBlockchain Revolution, written by bestselling author Don Tapscott and his son Alex Tapscott shows how blockchain will likely have a larger impact and be more disruptive to our society then other new technologies such as Self Driving Cars, Solar Energy, and even Artificial Intelligence. Not only that, but blockchain is already here!

The first phase of the digital revolution gave us the internet and along with it, information. The second phase of the digital revolution will provide as a new distributed technology that will even more integrated into the global society, affecting everything from transactions to legal documents.

Blockchain technology is present and already in use. It is only a matter of time before it is in use everywhere.


Blockchain Revolution has received praise from:

  • Marc Andreessen, cofounder Netscape and Andreessen Horowitz
  • Clay Christensen, author of The Innvoator’s Dilemma
  • Dan Schulman, CEO Paypal
  • Klaus Schwab, Founder & Executive Chairman World Economic Forum
 About the Author
Don Tapscott

  • CEO, Tapscott Group
  • Bestselling Author, Wikinomics, The Digital Economy, and more
  • Among the Top Influential Management Thinkers in the World
  • Adjunct Professor, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management
  • Chancellor, Trent University

Alex Tapscott

  • CEO & Founder, Northwest Passage Ventures
  • Wrote the Seminal Report on Governing Digital Currencies for the Global Solutions Network program
  • Investment Banking (7 Years)

Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money

Nathaniel Popper

Finally, the book so many of us have been waiting for: A riveting and smart account of the strange history of bitcoin. You’ll start knowing nothing about Bitcoin and finish with deep knowledge, but you won’t realize you’re learning along the way you’ll just think it’s a lot of fun.
— Adam Davidson, cofounder of NPR’s Planet Money
Take a journey through the lives of the people who have built bitcoin in this award winning book by NY Times Finance and Technology journalist, Nathaniel Popper. Follow the journey to see how bitcoin survived past all skepticism and grew to a current market cap of over $13 Billion dollars (see
A few of the bitcoin influencers covered in Digital Gold include:
  • A Chinese Entrepreneur
  • An Argentinian Millionaire
  • Satoshi Nakamoto
  • The Winklevoss Brothers
About Author
Nathaniel Popper

  • Journalist, The New York Times 
  • Covers Finance and Technology
  • Harvard University Graduate
  • Previously worked for The Los Angeles Times and The Forward

The Business Blockchain: Promise, Practice, and Application of the Next Internet Technology

William Mougayar, foreword by Vitalik Buterin

Bookcover - The Business Blockchain

About Author

William Mougayar

  • Entrepreneur, Investor, Blogger, Startup Mentor
  • Expert Researcher on Blockchain Techologies
  • General Partner, Virtual Capital Ventures
  • Board Of Directors, OB1
  • Special Advisor, Ethereum Foundation
  • Member, OMERS Venture Board of Advisors
  • Advisory Board, Coin Center and Bloq
  • Founder, Startup Management

Vitalik Buterin (Foreward)

  • Co-founder, Etherium
  • Co-founder, Bitcoin Magazine
  • Programmer and Writer

Bitcoin: Mastering Bitcoin & Cyptocurrency for Beginners – Bitcoin Basics, Bitcoin Stories, Dogecoin, Reinventing Money & Other Digital Currencies

Tim Harris

Bookcover - Bitcoin Mastering Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency for BeginnersIn Bitcoin: Mastering Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency for beginners, author Tim Harris provides a general overview  of cryptocurrencies. This book covers their rising popularity and general considerations such as cryptocurrency mining, investing, and tax considerations for the latter.

At the time of writing Bitcoin is one of the most up to date books on the TippyTop list of top cryptocurrency books.

Topics Covered:

  • What Cryptocurrency means
  • Cryptocurrency vs. traditional forms of currency
  • Why Bitcoin is most popular Crpyptocurrency
  • Other Popular Cryptocurrencies
  • Mining Cryptocurrencies
  • Investing in Cryptocurrencies
  • Crpyotcurrency Tax Considerations & Regulations

About Author

Tim Harris

  • BA, MA, & PHD
  • Teaches courses in Political, Religious, Intellectual, Social & Cultural History
  • Social Historian of Politics

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