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This book is fantastic. REALLY. Ten out of ten. It explains everything very cleverly. I used to machine code a Motorola 6502 chip on my Commodore Pet in the late 70's so I am not fazed by the coding sections. Thank goodness AA wrote this BIBLE for bitcoin for the masses.... as that is what this book is. I am reading it now for a second time...just as enjoyable if not more so because I understand the whole thing so much better. Do not bother looking for another book...this is the one.
The book also taught me a very useful lesson.The Bread wallet now allows one touch payment to suppliers. My Bread wallet was not set up to require my passcode before making a payment. MAKE SURE YOURS IS BEFORE SCANNING CODES.
This is a great story and technical explanation. There are many (too many?) books that talk about Bitcoin and blockchain without explaining the detail. If you want a technical explanation, with code samples. get this book! You don't need to be a developer to understand it, but you need some technical knowledge or awareness and plenty of curiosity. I learned so much from reading particular chapters.
I am looking forward to a new book by the same author and publisher later in 2018 on "Mastering Ethereum".
I tried to read all of this along with Tor and the Dark Web. I read the latter in one day. As for this - it is thick and deep. Is it necessary to go that deep? I am still struggling to get through it. To understand a currency it is great to have this available as a reference but if I wanted to purchase dollars I wouldn't want such a deep read. This goes above and beyond with examples of all sorts including code which you can skip if you're not that way inclined. Well written and if I ever get to the end of it I might amend this review. Not a casual read.
Loved this book. If you are not into tech you can easily skip the coding sections without loosing the thread. It explains everything you need to know to understand the technology (cryptography, blocks, miners, merkle trees, etc) underpinning the cryptospace revolution without speculating on future applications.
This is an amazing book. Whether you know something about bitcoin or not, this is the book for you. The first chapters are easy to understand for everybody. If you have a basic programming knowledge, you will also enjoy the rest of the book. Once you finish the book, you will find the original bitcoin paper, as it was published by Satoshi Nakamoto and you will be able to grasp every concept of any single line of this famous paper, because these concepts have been clearly explained in the previous chapters. I really recommend it to everybody. I have learnt a lot. Thanks Andreas Antonopolous!
I still don't understand all about Bitcoin, but this book explains quite a lot. The problem with Bitcoin as I see it is that either you are simply buying and selling or you are delving into the structure, perhaps for the sheer interest. If you are in the first camp, you don't need this book. If you are in the second camp, buy the book and put it on the shelf with all the others.
Excellent book which deserves close reading. Found myself having to reread earlier chapters as focus jumped about a bit but mostly ended up telling me whstvi wanted to know. A bit weak on the difficult subject of elliptic curve cryptography - had the impression the author was struggling also.
This is an excellent book that takes you from a gentle introduction to the idea and concepts behind Bitcoin to a detailed technical explanation of how the system really works.
All the main parts of Bitcoin are covered, including the blockchain, keys, addresses, wallets, transactions, scripting, the peer to peer network, mining, security, and 'advanced' topics such as coloured coins, segregated witness, and the lightning network.
I highly recommend this book to all developers and others who want a thorough technical explanation of Bitcoin. If you are planning to do any kind of serious technical work related to Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency then this is the best place to start.