7 Books for Beginners & Professionals on Cryptocurrency Every DeFi Investor Should Read

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Here are some books that will teach you about cryptocurrencies, decentralized finance, and blockchain.

In the past few years, decentralized finance and cryptocurrency have become more popular, with cryptocurrency having only existed for about a few decades.

There isn’t a lot you can learn about crypto in school, and traditional banking and advisory services aren’t quite on board with decentralization, but don’t be alarmed.

Here are the seven books that experts recommend to learn more about cryptocurrencies and decentralized finance.

  • “American Kingpin” by Nick Bilton
  • “Bitcoin Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich
  • “The Bitcoin Standard” by Saifedean Ammous
  • “Cryptoassets” by Chris Burniske and Jack Tatar
  • “Crypto Asset Investing in the Age of Autonomy” by Jake Ryan
  • “The Infinite Machine” by Camila Russo
  • “The Internet of Money” by Andreas M. Antonopoulos 

“American Kingpin” by Nick Bilton

Wired magazine called the Silk Road a crypto anarchist’s dream. This market was run by 26-year-old Ross Ulbricht in 2011, and it is now defunct. The book American Kingpin tells the story of this online marketplace where users could buy anything from drugs to weapons – although it has been shut down since 2013 due to an FBI investigation into its origins.

This book won’t teach beginners how to buy and sell cryptocurrency, but it will give readers an understanding of the power and versatility of decentralized financial markets.

“Bitcoin Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich

Ben Mezrich’s “Bitcoin Billionaires” continues the story of the Winklevoss brothers if you enjoyed “The Social Network” and read “The Accidental Billionaires,” the inspiration for the movie.

Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss became the first bitcoin billionaires on Nov. 26, 2017. The authors of this book explain the basics of bitcoin in a way that is both entertaining and informative for even the most novice of blockchain enthusiasts.

“The Bitcoin Standard” by Saifedean Ammous

Cryptocurrencies have been likened to a new gold standard – a hedge against inflation. Saifedean Ammous explores both the technical and economic aspects of bitcoin you’ve always wanted to know.

“The Bitcoin Standard” covers the history of bitcoin as well as its technological possibilities. It is considered a must-read in the crypto field. While incorporating well-known economic and governmental concepts, the book keeps readers of any sophistication level engaged by connecting bitcoin’s creation with societal struggles.

With this book, readers will learn how bitcoin fits into the larger global economy today and find out what the most common questions about it are.

“Cryptoassets” by Chris Burniske and Jack Tatar

To get a better grasp of the hundreds of cryptocurrencies out there today, you might want to check out “Cryptoassets” by Chris Burniske and Jack Tatar.

With this book, investors can manage their cryptocurrency portfolios, navigate exchanges, select digital wallets and more through practical advice.

“Crypto Asset Investing in the Age of Autonomy” by Jake Ryan

In “Crypto Asset Investing in the Age of Autonomy,” the author argues that we are entering a new digital financial revolution, and explains why cryptocurrencies can benefit investors.

Decentralized finance and cryptocurrency have risen in popularity in the financial world over the last few decades, but are only now becoming part of daily conversation.

“The Infinite Machine” by Camila Russo

The Infinite Machine is a comprehensive understanding of the cryptocurrency written by Camila Russo, a financial journalist.  During the early years of ethereum, the book takes readers through chaos, greed and regulatory scrutiny, up to ethereum’s place today as an extremely popular cryptocurrency.

“The Internet of Money” by Andreas M. Antonopoulos 

The Infinite Machine is a book that takes readers through the early days of ethereum, which included periods of chaos and greed as well as regulatory scrutiny. The book also captures the vision for what Ethereum could become in the future.


Chris Munch

Chris Munch is a professional cryptocurrency and blockchain writer with a background in software businesses, and has been involved in marketing within the cryptocurrency space. With a passion for innovation, Chris brings a unique and insightful perspective to the world of crypto and blockchain. Chris has a deep understanding of the economic, psychological, marketing and financial forces that drive the crypto market, and has made a number of accurate calls of major shifts in market trends. He is constantly researching and studying the latest trends and technologies, ensuring that he is always up-to-date on the latest developments in the industry. Chris’ writing is characterized by his ability to explain complex concepts in a clear and concise manner, making it accessible to a wide audience of readers.