The Bitcoin Standard
The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking
Saifedean Ammous - HillsLib 332.404 AMMOUS 2018
Loquacious and disorganized, embellished with Rothbardian pontification. I skimmed a lot. The economist author's message is that bitcoin substitutes for gold and for state-controlled central banks. I'm OK with the message, but a concise 30-or-less page academic paper could be more effective.
I had hoped to learn more details about the technology; I got that from the first chapters of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies: A Comprehensive Introduction 2016, though I would prefer a second edition of the book.
Perhaps these papers:
Can cryptocurrencies fulfil the functions of money? 2018 S Ammous
Blockchain technology: What is it good for? 2016 S Ammous
Economics beyond Financial Intermediation 2013 S Ammous