During my downtime when I’m not consuming every film or IT show related to sci-fi or computers, I love to read a good book. Book normally the subject of IT, computers or technology.
Not in any particular order, below you will find a list of a few of my favourite books I have read over the last couple of years.
I am always on the look for another good book, so if you can recommend any, please comment below.
- 1# Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker
- 2# Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America
- 3# American Kingpin: Catching the Billion-Dollar Baron of the Dark Web
- 4# The Hacker Playbook 3: Practical Guide To Penetration Testing
- 5# I, Woz
- 6# Clean Coder, The: A Code of Conduct for Professional Programmers
- 7# Amazing Fantastic Incredible
1# Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker
Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies — and no matter how fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. As the FBI’s net finally began to tighten, Mitnick went on the run, engaging in an increasingly sophisticated game of hide-and-seek that escalated through false identities, a host of cities, and plenty of close shaves, to an ultimate showdown with the Feds, who would stop at nothing to bring him down.
2# Super Mario: How Nintendo Conquered America
The story of Nintendo’s rise and the beloved icon who made it possible.
Nintendo has continually set the standard for video-game innovation in America, starting in 1981 with a plucky hero who jumped over barrels to save a girl from an ape.
The saga of Mario, the portly plumber who became the most successful franchise in the history of gaming, has plot twists worthy of a video game. Jeff Ryan shares the story of how this quintessentially Japanese company found success in the American market. Lawsuits, Hollywood, die- hard fans, and face-offs with Sony and Microsoft are all part of the drama.
3# American Kingpin: Catching the Billion-Dollar Baron of the Dark Web
In 2011, a twenty-six-year-old programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine Web site hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything – drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons – free of the government’s watchful eye. While the federal government were undertaking an epic two-year manhunt for the site’s elusive proprietor, the Silk Road quickly ballooned into a $1.2 billion enterprise.
Ross embraced his new role as kingpin, taking drastic steps to protect himself – including ordering a hit on a former employee. As Ross made plans to disappear forever, the Feds raced against the clock to catch a man they weren’t sure even existed, searching for a needle in the haystack of the global Internet.
4# The Hacker Playbook 3: Practical Guide To Penetration Testing
The main purpose of this book is to answer questions as to why things are still broken. For instance, with all the different security products, secure code reviews, defense in depth, and penetration testing requirements, how are we still seeing massive security breaches happening to major corporations and governments? The real question we need to ask ourselves is, are all the safeguards we are putting in place working? This is what The Hacker Playbook 3 – Red Team Edition is all about.
THP3 will take your offensive hacking skills, thought processes, and attack paths to the next level. This book focuses on real-world campaigns and attacks, exposing you to different initial entry points, exploitation, custom malware, persistence, and lateral movement–all without getting caught! This heavily lab-based book will include multiple Virtual Machines, testing environments, and custom THP tools.
5# I, Woz
I, WOZ offers readers a unique glimpse into the offbeat and brilliant but ethical mind that conceived the Macintosh. After 25 years avoiding the public eye, Steve Wozniak reveals the full story of the Apple computer, from its conception to his views on the iconic cult status it has achieved today. In June 1975 Steve’s curiosity and determination inspired him to build a computer, the first Apple. Six months later, he sold the machine, and for the self-professed ‘engineer’s engineer’, success was imminent. But this story is full of life lessons, critical decisions, huge triumphs and big mistakes. Steve speaks also of his childhood, phone hacking pranks, working at Hewlett-Packard, the life-changing plane crash and teaching.
6# Clean Coder, The: A Code of Conduct for Professional Programmers
In The Clean Coder: A Code of Conduct for Professional Programmers, legendary software expert Robert C. Martin introduces the disciplines, techniques, tools, and practices of true software craftsmanship. This book is packed with practical advice–about everything from estimating and coding to refactoring and testing. It covers much more than technique: It is about attitude. Martin shows how to approach software development with honor, self-respect, and pride; work well and work clean; communicate and estimate faithfully; face difficult decisions with clarity and honesty; and understand that deep knowledge comes with a responsibility to act.
7# Amazing Fantastic Incredible
In The Clean Coder: A Code of Conduct for Professional Stan Lee is a man who needs no introduction. The most legendary name in the history of comic books, he was the leading creative force behind Marvel Comics, and brought to life – and into the mainstream – some of the world’s best-known heroes and most infamous villains throughout his career. His stories – filled with superheroes struggling with personal hang-ups and bad guys who possessed previously unseen psychological complexity – added wit and subtlety to a field previously locked into flat portrayals of good v evil. Lee put the human in superhuman and, in doing so, created a new mythology for the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Okay so the last one isn’t technically on IT or Tech but comics and superheroes are also a dig part of my downtime and for a lot of people working in our industry, so I thought I would sneak in it. It is a great read after all.