Image from Amazon Title: Bitcoin Clarity - A Guide to Understanding
Author(s): Kiara Bickers
Publisher: Bickers & Son
BitCoin Clarity wrote:
When I wanted to learn more about Bitcoin I spent a few years studying economics and markets, a few more years learning how to code before realizing that none of that information was all that helpful for understanding Bitcoin. I had made a fairly time consuming wrong turn . . .
This book is great! It's readable by anyone although those in technology will get more out of it. The book is a great intro to Bitcoin. The diagrams and analogies make Bitcoin (and blockchain) relatable and less opaque. For example, peer to peer and private keys are covered using a non-technical approach.
If you are familiar with Bitcoin, you can skim the basics and skip ahead a bit. The ramifications of decisions in the blockchain are well explored. For example, what the impact on changes to fees are. While the book is mostly about Bitcoin, one of the examples is about Ethereum so the ecosystem is discussed two.
I learned with UTXO (unspent transaction output) is. I had trouble understanding how a chain split works. It was explained later though so then I was un-confused. I also learned what the term cypherpunk means.
I particularly liked the decision tree on page 212 for choosing what type of wallet to go with. The glossary is helpful as well including the bolded terms in the text for glossary words.
There's lots of “easter eggs” for techies like the word Kiara including her ancestors recursively in the dedication. That makes it fun to read. Also very cool that she wrote the first paper wallet generator on iOS.
Finally, I thought it was cool that Kiara brought back Bickers & Son almost eighty years later for this book.
I give this book 10 out of 10 horseshoes.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing this review.