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Hack This: 24 Incredible Hackerspace Projects from the DIY Movement 1st Edition
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My bias aside, I think this is a good book if you're not involved in the hackerspace movement but want to be. While each chapter is about a cool project (bat signals to LED signs to book scanners), they're more about the people and spaces behind the projects. The details on each project are pretty light and certainly not enough to show you how to build anything but there's enough names and info in here that you could get a hold of the folks who did the project. It really a collection of interviews interspersed with sidebars about tools, small projects, etc.
The real meat of the book is in the last chapter 'Do It Yourself' where John lays out a solid plan for starting your own hackerspace. I feel that the real purpose of this book is to get the reader pumped up with 24 cool spaces/projects and then send them off to start one in their own town, assuming there isn't one already.
I would recommend this as a gift to someone geeky or someone you want to inspire to get involved in hackerspaces and tech.