This 25th anniversary edition of Steven Levy's classic book traces the exploits of the computer revolution's original hackers -- those brilliant and eccentric nerds from the late 1950s through the early '80s who took risks, bent the rules, and pushed the world in a radical new direction. With updated material from noteworthy hackers such as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Stallman, and Steve Wozniak, Hackers is a fascinating story that begins in early computer research labs and leads to the first home computers.
Levy profiles the imaginative brainiacs who found clever and unorthodox solutions to computer engineering problems. They had a shared sense of values, known as "the hacker ethic," that still thrives today. Hackers captures a seminal period in recent history when underground activities blazed a trail for today's digital world, from MIT students finagling access to clunky computer-card machines to the DIY culture that spawned the Altair and the Apple II.
True Hackers: Cambridge: The Fifties and Sixties
Chapter 1 The Tech Model Railroad Club
Chapter 2 The Hacker Ethic
Chapter 3 Spacewar
Chapter 4 Greenblatt and Gosper
Chapter 5 The Midnight Computer Wiring Society
Chapter 6 Winners and Losers
Chapter 7 Life
Hardware Hackers: Northern California: The Seventies
Levy is a senior writer for Wired. Previously, he was chief technology writer and a senior editor for Newsweek. Levy has written six books and had articles published in Harper's, Macworld, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Premiere, and Rolling Stone. Steven has won several awards during his 30+ years of writing about technology, including Hackers, which PC Magazine named the best Sci-Tech book written in the last twenty years and, Crypto, which won the grand eBook prize at the 2001 Frankfurt Book festival.
The book while has historical value, is boring and unlikely to give you insights about how to repeat those hackers' accomplishments. Stopped reading after a couple of chapters. Isaakson's "Innovators" is more valuable in that respect: not boring and gives you insight on how to be and what it is like to be an innovator. HTH
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Hackers is a fascinating history of the computer industry from the late 50's through to the late 80s, covering the birth of the personal computer, the internet and the gaming industry.This is the 25th Anniversary Edition though, so has been updated with a 'ten years later' appendix covering the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, and with updates from Gates, Stallman and Woz looking back at what has changed over the last quarter-century.
It's a great read, and if I had one criticism it's the jump between the original ending of the book to the 'ten years later' piece, when the world wide web exploded into everyday use. That said, I lost myself for several hours in the history - it's told in an amiable right-in-the-middle-of-things style which I found enormously enjoyable and interesting.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend