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That's the classic version at least. Given all of the hype surrounding the capture of Kevin Mitnick (much of it created and sustained by the authors of this book), one would at least expect the version provided by "The Man Who Did It" to be entertaining. But Tsutomu Shimomura's writing (apparently not assisted enough by John Markoff) is somewhat dull. The details of Shimomura's personal life are probed in depth while technical, legal, and ethical questions are brushed over without commentary, such as the supposed proof of Mitnick's involvement in the break-in or Markoff's involvement in the capture. There may be some material of interest to the enthusiast, and those who read Jonathan Littman's The Fugitive Game should at least check out Takedown to see what all of the fuss is about.
The author is completely full of himself and makes you sick after you read the book for a while. He should have employed a ghost writer to tone down the name-dropping and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Michael
Fascinating story. Have read before. Great almost free price on Amazon! Of Course! Really enjoyed all the personal details Shimomura included - the romance, his work life, his... Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by mrs p
I didn't even finish this book when I picked it up at a local library's book giveaway. I got about a third to half the way in, (rather quickly, this is written on about a fifth... Read morePublished on September 3, 2011 by Ben M.
i heard about this from ny times, so exciting and all...will it may be when it came out 15 years ago but now quaint, like watching jar head, the movie about the first iraq war.Published on May 21, 2011 by tseng
I am sorry that I almost missed this out of print book (I finally managed to buy it from Amazon marketplace) because I took in regard the opinion of some reviewers. Read morePublished on April 12, 2011 by C. V. Karayiannis
Publishing a book of lies while Mitnick sat in jail without a trial. Reading this will not only waste your time, it will fill your head with lies. Stay away from it and the movie.Published on August 31, 2009 by Caleb
I've not read this book simply because I do not want to support the guys who did this to Kevin Mitnick. Also, all the negative reviews pretty say it all. Read morePublished on November 26, 2008 by Amazon Customer
Shimomura teamed up to write the most trivial, and boring details in this book about himself, and when he wasn't doing that, he was making up things about Kevin Mitnick. Read morePublished on July 19, 2006 by D. Archambault
Tedious, self-indulgent subplots. I dont care about Julia. No one cares about Julia. No one cares about where you eat or where you rent a car. Read morePublished on December 5, 2005 by James B. Johnson