Literature for techs

E Double UE Double U Member Posts: 2,232 ■■■■■■■■■■
I'm putting together my holiday wish list and I plan to add Ghost In The Wires to it. Looking for some recommendations of other good nerd books that are not sci-fi or cert related. :)
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    PC509PC509 Member Posts: 804 ■■■■■■□□□□
    Other books exist? I've been on the cert and education book thing for quite a while...

    What kind of books? I'm currently reading Yeager (Chuck Yeager autobiography). Looking into a book my son recommended next: City of Thieves.

    If you're into video games, Console Wars is a great one. Mostly focuses on Sega, but hits Atari, Nintendo and NEC a bit, too.
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    NetworkNewbNetworkNewb Member Posts: 3,298 ■■■■■■■■■□
    Spam Nation looks interesting
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    xxxkaliboyxxxxxxkaliboyxxx Member Posts: 466
    If your into music, I would recommand "Room Full of Mirrors", a bio of Jimmi Hendrix. Very fantastic book and a look into the world of a rock star. That dude had some issues as well.
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    mgeoffriaumgeoffriau Member Posts: 162 ■■■□□□□□□□
    If you've never read it, The Cuckoo's Egg is a fantastic book.

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    PJ_SneakersPJ_Sneakers Member Posts: 884 ■■■■■■□□□□
    Define nerd books.
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    PC509PC509 Member Posts: 804 ■■■■■■□□□□
    Error: variable 'nerd books' not defined.

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    NavyMooseCCNANavyMooseCCNA Member Posts: 544 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I just finished reading Arthur C. Clarke's "Space Odyssey" series. The 2001 and 2010 books were far superior to the films. I just started reading the Jack Reacher series.

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    chrisonechrisone Member Posts: 2,278 ■■■■■■■■■□
    I think you should read great literature in general and not just techie stuff. So my list goes like this.

    How to win friends and influence people - Dale Carnegie
    7 Habits of highly effective people - Stephen R. Covey
    Rich Dad Poor Dad - Robert Kiyosaki
    Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill
    48 Laws of Power - Robert Greene
    Managing Oneself - Peter Drucker (The entire HBR "Harvard Business Review" collection is great too)
    Made in America - Sam Walton
    On the shortness of life - Seneca
    Checklist Manifesto - Atu Gawande
    Organize your mind, organize your life - Margarete Moore.
    The willpower instinct - Kelly McGonigal

    Just a shortlist of awesome literature that has changed my life. :)
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    IaHawkIaHawk Member Posts: 188 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Here is a list I've put together, with more of a security focus. Also, included a link to Palo Alto's list they update yearly.


    The Cuckoo's Egg (Stoll)
    Kingpin (Kevin Poulsen)
    Ghost (Kevin Mitnick)
    Countdown to Zero Day (Zetter)

    Social Engineering (Hadnagy)
    Counter Hack Reloaded (Skoudis and Liston)
    Enterprise Security Architecture: A Business-Driven Approach (Sherwood)
    The Tangled Web (Zalewski)
    Hacking Exposed
    The Hacker Playbook 2 (Kim)
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    24912152491215 Member Posts: 6 ■□□□□□□□□□
    ^^ +1 for Kingpin! ^^
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    PC509PC509 Member Posts: 804 ■■■■■■□□□□
    Also some techie style books:

    Mark Russinovich from SysInternals (now part of Microsoft) wrote a couple very good books. Trojan Horse and Zero Day. Both were very excellent books, technically accurate, and good reads. Scary as when Zero Day was released was when Stuxnet was being widely reported. Pretty good timing and a bit creepy at the time. :)
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    xxxkaliboyxxxxxxkaliboyxxx Member Posts: 466
    The bible....

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    E Double UE Double U Member Posts: 2,232 ■■■■■■■■■■
    Thanks for the recommendations! Some good stuff mentioned here.

    @ chrisone - 48 Laws of Power is one of my favorite books :D
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    VeritiesVerities Member Posts: 1,162
    Alone Together by Sherry Turkle
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    dmoore44dmoore44 Member Posts: 646
    Any book written by Neal Stephenson is worth a read.
    The Expanse series by James SA Corey is a pretty decent distraction.
    The Martian by Andy Weir was hysterical.
    Geekonomics by David Rice was enlightening.
    Tubes by Andrew Blum was a fun read.
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    dontstopdontstop Member Posts: 579 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Some I've read and others are on my reading list:

    Work Rules
    The No ar5eh0le <-- (avoid profanity filter) Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace
    The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win
    The Visible Ops Handbook
    The Mythical Man Month
    The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary [xxx]
    Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, 2nd Edition
    Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age
    How Google Works
    In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
    Steve Jobs
    Where Wizards Stay up Late
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    alias454alias454 Member Posts: 648 ■■■■□□□□□□
    @chrisone -- How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie might be the greatest social engineering book of all time ;)
    “I do not seek answers, but rather to understand the question.”
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    OctalDumpOctalDump Member Posts: 1,722
    One that's a bit more "out there": the Bhagavad Gita. It's full of cool quotes, that you can throw randomly into conversation. Probably the most famous is "Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds." which was used by Robert Oppenheimer when he witnessed the first atomic explosion.
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    [Deleted User][Deleted User] Senior Member Posts: 0 ■■□□□□□□□□
    The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security
    The Art of Intrusion: The Real Stories Behind the Exploits of Hackers, Intruders and Deceivers

    Another book I remember was iWoz I believe?! Something like that.

    aaahhh the Cuckoo's Egg. That brings me back to college! Had to read that in my Network Security class. Had to write a paper for it also! Man the nestolga it's killing me ;)
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    E Double UE Double U Member Posts: 2,232 ■■■■■■■■■■
    More good stuff. Thanks guys!
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