Mastering Bitcoin
Unlocking Digital Cryptocurrencies
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2014
Pages: 298

Want to join the technological revolution that’s taking the world of finance by storm? Mastering Bitcoin is your guide through the seemingly complex world of bitcoin, providing the requisite knowledge to help you participate in the internet of money. Whether you’re building the next killer app, investing in a startup, or simply curious about the technology, this practical book is essential reading.

Bitcoin, the first successful decentralized digital currency, is still in its infancy and it’s already spawned a multi-billion dollar global economy. This economy is open to anyone with the knowledge and passion to participate. Mastering Bitcoin provides you with the knowledge you need (passion not included).

This book includes:

  • A broad introduction to bitcoin—ideal for non-technical users, investors, and business executives
  • An explanation of the technical foundations of bitcoin and cryptographic currencies for developers, engineers, and software and systems architects
  • Details of the bitcoin decentralized network, peer-to-peer architecture, transaction lifecycle, and security principles
  • Offshoots of the bitcoin and blockchain inventions, including alternative chains, currencies, and applications
  • User stories, analogies, examples, and code snippets illustrating key technical concepts
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4.1

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4.0

Great book if you want to learn a lot, fast.

By NE

from Toronto, ON

About Me Business Analyst, It Consultant

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples

Cons

  • Some Improvements Needed

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Comments about oreilly Mastering Bitcoin:

I purchased this book to prepare for the CBP exam. Most of the knowledge areas are covered in the book with sufficient explanation. Great for building a foundation, the rest you can find online if you want to expand your knowledge. Some sections fall short in clearly explaining the concepts, but this shortcoming is not going to affect your overall understanding of the technology, and you can always resort to other online resources.

 
5.0

Excellent, thorough overview of the technology

By Quick Study

from Washington, DC

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    Comments about oreilly Mastering Bitcoin:

    I picked up Mastering Bitcoin because I'd heard a lot about Bitcoin and wanted to quickly get up to speed on the actual technology involved. This book was perfect for that, and is now my go-to recommendation when someone tells me they want to learn about Bitcoin.

    The book provides some historical context, but spends most of it's effort explaining the protocol fundamentals.

     
    5.0

    Best book ever written about bitcoin

    By Novello

    from Padova Italy

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        Clear, clever and dense

         
        5.0

        Great book

        By the man

        from tdot

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        Comments about oreilly Mastering Bitcoin:

        Required reading for someone interested in bitcoin.

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        good for an outsider not an investor

        By ASICSPACE Mining Co.

        from Cashmere, WA. USA

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        • Too many errors

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        Comments about oreilly Mastering Bitcoin:

        great at explaining how bitcoin works. Doesn't provide enough info to see where the weakness and strengths of bitcoin lay.

        maybe mastering bitcoin 2 will have this info :)

        We shared this book with our client base.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very complete treatment

        By The 2nd Law

        from Phoenix, AZ

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          Comments about oreilly Mastering Bitcoin:

          Very easy to understand yet doesn't skip on details. If you want to really understand the blockchain and what it can do, this is the book for you!

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent resource

          By toneloc

          from Chicago, IL

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          Comments about oreilly Mastering Bitcoin:

          Excellent resource. The book is chock-full of rich information that to date has not been compiled in such an authoritative monograph. I find myself returning to it again and again as I learn the fundamental building blocks of Bitcoin. The writing is clear and concise, but the subject matter is tough.

          I would not recommend the book to readers who know nothing about Bitcoin. I'd start somewhere else first. This book is for developers and technical implementation of Bitcoin.

          Overall, a great purchase that will last me for years to come.

           
          5.0

          Solid Book

          By smorgantwo

          from carlsbad, ca

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            Comments about oreilly Mastering Bitcoin:

            I usually do not give a book 5 stars, but in the rare case it deserves it, as with this publiction, I am more than willing to do so. At first I was a skeptic, as Satoshi's White paper is only 9 pages long with one page for reference, so why the big book? After reading Satoshi's White Paper about 90 times I realized the devil is in the details and this book goes into them at great, well needed, lenghts. The book gets to the heart of bitcoin and perhaps more importantly the block chain which it rides on. Truly Bitcoin is Money for Adults and this book does a great job in explaining exactly what that means. Thank you Mr. Antonopoulos for a worthy undertaking.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best btc book once you understand basics

            By Diana Miller

            from Houston TX

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              Comments about oreilly Mastering Bitcoin:

              Andreas has a gift for explaining the complex in an easy way, although some topics require to be more technical than some would understand. Great book.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Clear, concise, and enlightening

              By Alex

              from Washington, DC

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                Comments about oreilly Mastering Bitcoin:

                Picked this up primarily to learn about blockchains in general rather than bitcoin per se, and ended up very pleasantly surprised with both how good of an understanding of blockchains it provided, and how interesting it revealed the inner workings of bitcoin specifically to be. I'd read a good number of articles and explanations of how the bitcoin system works prior to this book, and none of them came close in terms of conveying the kind of comprehensive understanding that Antonopoulos does.

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