- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing, LLC (January 30, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1457509288
- ISBN-13: 978-1457509285
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 119 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,728,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Alexandria Project: A Tale of Treachery and Technology Paperback – January 30, 2012
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"THE ALEXANDRIA PROJECT is fiction that cuts close to the bone. But where George Orwell envisioned 1984 from the safety of thirty-five years out, the future that Updegrove describes may already be upon us. That's what makes it dangerous, and that's what makes THE ALEXANDRIA PROJECT an important as well as riveting read." - Dan Geer, CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER, In-Q-Tel --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Andrew Updegrove, an attorney, has been representing technology companies for more than thirty years and works with many of the organizations seeking to thwart cyber-attacks before they occur. A graduate of Yale University and the Cornell University Law School, he lives in Marblehead, Massachusetts. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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After finishing this book in one day of reading adventures, my next step is to begin to read the second book in this series.
Taken on its own I would find the human aspects of the plot too biased towards wish-fulfilment (escape to the wilderness in an improbable technical toy, a family reunion at just the right moment). The same would apply to the technological side of the book if it was a thought-experiment and an essay. However, the combination was compelling enough to read over a couple of days and into the evening, and I also started reading the next book in the series the next day. I guess that says it all.
The Alexandria Project has a goodly portion of the alphabet soup of American intelligence agencies, a dysfunctional genius of a computer security specialist, the North Koreans, and enough intrigue to keep you on the edge of your seat. You can never go wrong with the North Koreans; they’re like the Nazis of the modern world.
A highly recommended read.
The vulnerabilities of information systems are often way beyond the comprehension of your standard decision maker. And those vulnerabilities, when exploited by psychopaths who do think, can convey a level of power that normal leaders simply cannot imagine.
The Alexandria Project takes you through the ultimate worst case scenario, illustrating how an information system vulnerability enables the emergence of a megalomaniac-in-chief with a minimum of fuss. It's all so much more efficient and effective than the tedious demagoguery, purges and drawn-out battles that the Stalins, Hitlers, and other would-be rulers of the world had to endure.
If only there were a way to get people in power to read The Alexandria Project! While we contemplate how to accomplish that, read this gripping novel yourself, and be blown away by the dreadful yet quite realistic possibility that it raises.