2023 witnessed significant growth in literary production on cryptocurrencies, marked by works that capture the dynamically evolving market and influential figures in this space. Unlike books published during the cryptocurrency boom, characterized by a tone between greed and admiration, 2023’s publications took a more skeptical approach, influenced by the frauds that defined the industry’s most recent collapse.
“Going Infinite: The Rise and Fall of a New Tycoon” By Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis, renowned author of hits like “Moneyball” and “The Big Short,” provided an unprecedented insight into the rise and fall of young tycoon Sam Bankman-Fried and his $32 billion empire. Despite an abrupt shift in the narrative, where Bankman-Fried was initially presented as a sympathetic figure with altruistic aspirations, the frenetic adjustment in the plot reveals astonishing details about his life, family, and extravagant lifestyle.
“Number Go Up: Inside Crypto’s Wild Rise and Staggering Fall” By Zeke Faux
This book, written by Bloomberg journalist Zeke Faux, offers a close-up tour of the most questionable individuals in the world of cryptocurrencies. With a direct and often humorous approach, Faux explores everyone from scammers to villains handling billions in digital assets in dubious business transactions. While the work is hilarious at times, it also provides a serious view of the dark side of cryptocurrencies.
“Ethereum For Business: A Plain English Guide” By Paul Brody
In contrast to crime and fraud-focused stories, this book by Paul Brody, Ernst & Young’s global blockchain leader, provides a practical guide to the business use of Ethereum. It highlights how real-world companies are leveraging distributed ledger technology to enhance security and efficiency in various areas. Although it doesn’t follow a traditional narrative, the book offers a clear and straightforward insight into an emerging field in the world of cryptocurrency and business.
The literary works on cryptocurrencies in 2023 not only explored the dark events that shook the industry but also the practical applications and transformative potential of blockchain technology in the business realm. These publications provide access to a deeper understanding of the crypto ecosystem and are key tools for any enthusiast looking to deepen their knowledge in preparation for the events that will unfold in 2024.