As someone who used to just stop listening whenever someone mentioned the word “blockchain,” I can really appreciate that there’s a lot to learn when you’re first starting out in the crypto world. Some people may pretend otherwise in order not to scare you, but at the end of the day, there can be quite a steep learning curve. It’s almost comical. “Mining,” “Crypotokens,” “ICOs.” Everywhere you look there are more and more names, acronyms, and buzzwords. While there are a lot of good resources online, it can be quite intimidating. The whole “trying to drink from a fire hydrant” image comes to mind. In fact, I’ve had multiple friends tell me that they’d potentially be interested in getting involved in the crypto craze, but it’s too tough to keep up.
That’s where Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investors’s Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond comes in. This book really attempts to start with the basics and, simply and concisely, get the readers up to speed. Granted, there’s always more to learn, but I found that Cryptoassets was delivers a solid foundation for people looking to learn the basics. You may not ready to make the next big De-Fi startup after finishing this book, but at least you’ll know what ideas to start to consider.
While I found the various subjects discussed interesting, it is important to note one crucial point. Unlike Kings of Crypto, which I had previously reviewed, this book isn’t meant to be read as a story. There are no characters, no backgrounds, no comeback stories. There are no heroes and there are no villains. Cryptoassets is definitely closer to what a college professor might assign for the reading in his intro to cryptocurrencies course. Now that isn’t inherently a negative point, it’s just worth considering that there are certain pros and cons that go along with the author’s decision to write the book this way.
On one hand, I did find it nice that I was able to skip around to different sections. Cryptoassets can be read front-to-back, back-to-front, or even something in between. You might find it easiest to just start at the Table of Contents and zero in on the topics that stand out to you. Whether your prerogative is to focus on learning new ideas or brush up on familiar topics, you can’t really go wrong. On the other hand, this book was not written as a story, so there were also some topics that I wasn’t particularly interested in and had to fight the urge to just skip them altogether.
With that being said, Cryptoassets has a ton of useful information and can really help you get up to speed on the various topics du jour. I wouldn’t describe Cryptoassets as thrilling page-turner, but I feel like it can be a solid resource for someone trying to get their feet wet in the crypto world.