Summer’s here — and phew, what a scorcher! While you’re cursing British housing that was built for the frozen Thames of the 1800s and not the tw

Summer reading for the cryptocurrency skeptic: part 1

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2021-07-22 23:00:06

Summer’s here — and phew, what a scorcher! While you’re cursing British housing that was built for the frozen Thames of the 1800s and not the twenty-first century prelude to Mad Max we find ourselves in, why not sit back with a book or ten on the most fascinating subject in the world: financial shenanigans.

Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain‘s done great. (And is absolutely a summer selection. As is Libra Shrugged.) So I get people asking me for other good skeptical books on crypto. There are hundreds of books — almost all terrible — about how great Bitcoin and blockchains are, a few fairly neutral histories, and literally three solidly skeptical books on the topic, that will say outright that it’s trash. I wrote one. I’m actually surprised there have been zero since.

But here are some good starting points for the avid reader. This post is crypto-specific; the next part will deal with more general books on finance and fraud. (You can save a bit of time by just buying both the UK and US editions of Lying For Money right now.)

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