Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution

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US hardcover 1st edition.

Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution is a non-fiction book about the history of computer hardware and software development from the early days of university computers, to the 80s with personal computers. It was written by Steven Levy and first published in 1984.

Status

I own an audio book of the 25th Anniversary Edition read by Mike Chamberlain.

Review

Good

  • The book is well-written and interesting from beginning to end.
  • The book tells a lot of interesting stories about many of the of big names in the computer hacking industry.

Bad

  • The author romanticizes too much of the early history of computers and hackers. There is a lot of religious and magical metaphor for something that is actually a hard science. I get that he's trying to evoke a feeling of mystery, but it's kind of silly.
  • Too much of the book is about Sierra On-Line. Granted, it was a major computer company, but it was one of many.
  • At one point the authors suggests D&D players use an 18-sided die.

Ugly

  • Nothing.

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