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This review is from: CYBERPUNK: Outlaws and Hackers on the Computer Frontier, Revised (Paperback)
In this exciting and informational book, Katie Hafner and her co-author John Markoff do an excellent job of telling the twisted tales of computers' darkest hours and brightest minds. Cyberpunk covers in full detail, an accurate account of three individuals who have forever changed computers and how they are used. The most interesting story that is told in this book is the one of Kevin Mitnick, a self-proclaimed computer addict. Cyberpunk describes Kevin, and how he could manipulate both people and machines to make them give him information he really shouldn't have had. It tells in-depth accounts of how this chubby, persistent hacker did it, why he did it, and when he did it. Personally as a technologically informed person, I found this book very interesting and fun to read. It seemed as though this would be a hacker's history book. Sadly this book did not make it onto and selected reading lists, but this happened with justification. This book is not for everyone, it is hard to understand the technical terms, and someone that is ill informed would be lost in a second. To me this book was a great read, and it was hard to put down. I definately recommend reading it if you are slightly knowledgeable about computers. Overall Katie Hafner and John Markoffs Cyberpunk is a wonderfully written book, and worth every penny.