Top 10 books for traders this summer

July 25, 2014 03:18 AM

If you're looking for another summer read or an edge in trading or investing knowledge, look no further: We've compiled a list of top books for traders released this year, based on the book's average Amazon customer review score.

Spoiler alert: Bitcoin is all the rage this summer. 

Click next for the top 10.

10. Profitable Day and Swing Trading: Using Price/Volume Surges and Pattern Recognition to Catch Big Moves in the Stock Market

by Harry Boxer

Trader Harry Boxer offers the information needed to recognize chart patterns, identify trades and execute entries and exits that will maximize profits and limit losses. Boxer also reveals his concept of price-volume surges as the key to identifying the most lucrative trades.

9. Beyond the Bitcoin Hype: An Introduction to Bitcoin and Why It Will Fail

by Marc Novus

This book takes you through the different arguments made for and against Bitcoin, analyzing the assumptions, beliefs and values that are normally taken for granted in discussions about the controversial currency.

8. Great Chain of Numbers: A Guide to Smart Contracts, Smart Property and Trustless Asset Management

by Tim Swanson

Read interviews from nearly four dozen entrepreneurs, developers, investors and legal experts regarding the potential opportunities and challenges of the new trustless asset managmenet space. These veterans provide insight and anecdotes to try to understand what the future of the industry holds.

7. Black Market Cryptocurrencies: The rise of Bitcoin alternatives that offer true anonymity

by Will Martin

Who anonymous cryptocurrency will be the first to become widely adopted? Learn about all the anonymous currencies along with the growth of the global black market, the hedging ability of these currencies and the rise of darknet marketplaces and online gambling.

6. Bitcoin Decoded: Bitcoin Beginner's Guide to Mining and the Strategies to Make Money with Cryptocurrencies

by Brett Combs

Learn the basics of Bitcoin: how it's created, how mining works, how the currency operates and, of course, how to daytrade Bitcoin and make money with it.

5. Secret Money: Living on Bitcoin in the Real World

by Kashmir Hill

Forbes Senior Online Editor Kashmir Hill explores Bitcoin's rise through a week trying to survive using the cryptocurrency.

4. The Bitcoin Beginner Guide: A Proven, Step-by-step Guide To Making Money With Bitcoins

by Dennis Hollingsworth

Go in depth into multiple methods of how to obtain Bitcoins and make money with them, and evaluate the pros and cons of each method.

3. The Market Whisperer: A New Approach to Stock Trading: The Guide to Success and Economic Empowerment

by Meir Barak

Meir Barak, a professional trader and CEO of Tradenet, a trading school which he established, explains the fundamentals of trading, how to profit from rising and falling markets, advanced trading methods and trading psychology.

2. Panic, Prosperity, and Progress: Five Centuries of History and the Markets

by Timothy Knight

Learn about financial market behavior prior, during and following tumultous events from Tulipmania in the 1600s to the modern sovereign debt crisis and how they provide opportunities for investors and traders to profit.

1. Bitcoin 101: The Ultimate Guide to Bitcoin for Beginners: Bitcoin Market, Cryptocurrency and Bitcoin Basics

by Mike Fishbein

Learn the first steps of using and trading Bitcoin, including details on the technology behind the currency and how to use it, facts and opinions on its future and where and when to invest.


Like we said, most of these books are on bitcoin--but there was life before bitcoin. Tell us which books are "Tops" on your shelf and we will include them in our next "Top Books for Traders" post. E-mail (@yesifutures) and include 200-250 words describing why your favorite book is helpful to you. Include your twitter handle, if you have one, and we will tweet the link to you once it's live. Happy reading!

About the Author

Thom is an editorial intern at Futures. He studies magazine editing, economics and sociology at the University of Missouri and will graduate in May 2016. You can reach him at