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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3.9

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80%

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Pros

  • Easy to understand (7)
  • Accurate (6)
  • Concise (6)
  • Well-written (6)
  • Helpful examples (3)

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    Best Uses

    • Intermediate (6)
    • Novice (4)
    • Student (3)
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    5.0

    This is going to be the Bitcoin Bible.

    By evilmatt

    from Honolulu, HI

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    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

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        Comments about oreilly Mastering Bitcoin:

        Absolutetly the best available book on Bitcoins. I've already recommended it to several friends.

        I only came across one issue in the entire book (not sure if it can be fixed before going to print): in the section on script validation, please provide a brief explanation of how the signature checked by OP_CHECKSIG or OP_CHECKSIG_VERIFY is generated. You clearly explain the entire operation of signature validation, but never explain how the signature was derived or what it's compared against (that being said, this is easy to look up elsewhere).

        Other than that, the book is complete and far exceeded my expectations.

        Mahalo!

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Its a book that will spark a new era

        By CrOblet

        from Calgary

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        • Bitcoin
        • Concise
        • Easy to understand
        • Well-written

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Intermediate

          Comments about oreilly Mastering Bitcoin:

          I used the product to help with project DilBitcoin
          a digital energy currency using blockchain technology protocols

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKnLCf8tt9w

          The Book was highly organized, very logically laid out, an absolute fantastic read for those with a technical appetite.

          I look forward to future revisions or versions as this technology unfolds, but I think one day folks will look back to this, the way they might look at the discovery of Electro-Magnetism in 1821, the first IBM in 1965, the launch of WWW in 1993. The stars are aligning for BTC and the best is yet to come.

          Its a brilliant idea, and to be able to tinker in this sandbox is a delight.

          meetup.com/croblet-calgary

          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Good intro book

          By Prof

          from NJ

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          Pros

          • Easy to understand
          • Helpful examples
          • Well-written

          Cons

          • Not comprehensive enough
          • This Book Is Not Finished

          Best Uses

          • Intermediate
          • Novice
          • Student

          Comments about oreilly Mastering Bitcoin:

          This book is a good intro, but is still in development.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          By far the best bitcoin book out there!

          By John

          from New York

          About Me Developer, Sys Admin

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Concise
          • Easy to understand
          • Well-written

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Intermediate

            Comments about oreilly Mastering Bitcoin:

            I've got a nice dev project coming up dealing with bitcoin and I have to say I am very impressed with the author's knowledge and ability to explain the gory details of the cryptography behind bitcoin. This is the first book I've read that actually explained how HD wallets work. I only gave this 4 stars, since it's still rough cuts and not yet complete. Highly recommended!

            (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Wait until you are finished

            By pixelgypsyp

            from Palm Desert, CA

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              • Novice

              Comments about oreilly Mastering Bitcoin:

              I was let down that the book was not even close to finished. Not just typos, the most important chapters at the end -- I already know that Bitcoin exists!

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Title is self explanatory

              By michalis

              from Greece

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                Comments about oreilly Mastering Bitcoin:

                I bought this book because I am going to start an internship on Bitcoin and I have found even the "raw and unedited version" to be really helpful. It starts with explanation of basic use of Bitcoin and goes until describing raw transactions. I recommend it to anyone interested in cryptocurrencies. I can't wait for the full release which I believe will be great.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Looks promising

                By Jean

                from Brussels, Belgium

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                • Accurate
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                  • Intermediate

                  Comments about oreilly Mastering Bitcoin:

                  Step by step explanation of the technical working of the protocol

                  (0 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  An anomaly among OReilly books

                  By Zeroknowledge

                  from SF CA

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                    Cons

                    • Too basic

                    Best Uses

                    • Student

                    Comments about oreilly Mastering Bitcoin:

                    General structure follows OReilly formula, but content could do with a great deal of improvement. General rule of thumb of OReilly about author's doesn't seem to hold valid either.
                    A greater depth description of protocol and ecosystem could have done better justice to the book.

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Amazing work from an experienced author

                    By Good Guy Ninja

                    from Russia

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                    • Accurate
                    • Concise
                    • Easy to understand
                    • Well-written

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Intermediate
                      • Novice

                      Comments about oreilly Mastering Bitcoin:

                      Despite that I decided not to use Oreilly's "reviewing system" again due to the numerous flaws in it which made it unreliable, I couldn't resist reviewing this book.

                      The author is talented, he knows what he is talking about very well, he knows the code behind bitcoin, and most importantly, he is passionate about bitcoin, he is not just looking for profit, but he also wants us to actually use bitcoins and support it like he does.

                      You can know a lot about the author before buying the book by a simple search, a good start might be: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JP9-lAYngi4

                      This book is suitable for all user levels in my opinion, so getting the book will not harm, and will surely be a good contribution to support bitcoin and the author to do more good work.

                      (1 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      This is amazing product!

                      By Bitcoin 4ever

                      from Web

                      About Me Bitcoin Is Here To Help

                      Pros

                      • Easy to understand
                      • Great To Read
                      • How To Start Using Btc
                      • Supporting Bitcoin
                      • Why To Forget Fiat
                      • Why To Use Btc

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • For All Kind Of Users

                        Comments about oreilly Mastering Bitcoin:

                        This book will help you to understand why you should use Bitcoin! If you are still considering - read this book. And buy Bitcoin!

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