"No Place to Hide" is uneven; it doesn't really tell us anything we didn't know already, and Snowden himself disappears about 100 pages in. Still, and despite Greenwald's more self-important tendencies, the book is part of a necessary conversation about surveillance and privacy.
Taylor’s critique hits hard because she’s not so easily dismissed as reactionary critics like Andrew Keen or Evgeny Morozov who tend to regard the web’s cultural products as the juvenile doodlings of the undereducated.
These new mental frontiers make for captivating reading, yet Kaku’s optimism and enthusiasm provides cover for what are mostly overhyped claims.
Kolbert also weaves a relatable element into the at-times heavily scientific discussion, bringing the sites of past and present extinctions vividly to life with fascinating information that will linger with readers long after they close the book. A highly significant eye-opener rich in facts and enjoyment.
The authors may not have the solution to growing inequality, but their book marks one of the most effective explanations yet for the origins of the gap.
Though much of "Hatching Twitter" is hobbled by weak anecdotes and schlocky metaphors, the book is carried by Bilton's excruciating account of Dorsey's evolution.
Brad Stone, a technology journalist who first covered Amazon in 2000, has done a remarkable job in The Everything Store, in a way that Bezos would appreciate – by working very hard.
This book is required reading for anyone interested in, working in, or enjoying the culture of the Internet—as well as for those who believe that the Internet is a waste of time for conducting business...Smarter Than You Think is a superb book.
...these concepts are so lost in a heap of digressions, interludes and fables...that the signal-to-noise ratio may prove to be too much for all but the most dedicated tech readers.
This book is a balefully seminal work in which neither author has the language to see, much less to express, the titanic centralizing evil they are constructing....Zealots of the cult of consumer technology will find little to inspire them here, not that they ever seem to need it.
The Mad Hatter's youthful, disheveled appearance makes him resemble a modern hipster, and the pop-up trial scene features a flying pack of cards. A clever and inventive interpretation.
Mr. Morozov's grumpy, curmudgeonly prose may not necessarily make him someone you would enthuse about as a dinner guest. But when the Internet speaks to us from its growing platforms, you definitely want him looking over your shoulder...
Provocative, smart, densely argued—and deserving of a wide audience and wider discussion.
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Sadly, Kurzweil’s in-book autobiography, repeated mention of his company’s products and snipes at his detractors come off as blatant self-promotion. This book would have benefited from a strong edit...
Mr. Silver illustrates his dos and don’ts through a series of interesting essays that examine how predictions are made in fields including chess, baseball, weather forecasting, earthquake analysis and politics.
...Mr. Stross offers sufficient portraiture to give us a sense of the young entrepreneurs.
Patterson's prose sometimes has the overly breathless air of an airport thriller. But it is underpinned by an invaluable piece of timely journalism that should be read by regulators and anyone with a cent in the stock market.
The story of Anonymous and its offshoots is worth telling because of the fast and unpredictable ways they have grown.
Given the obscurity and density of the subject matter, Mr. Blum tells a good yarn, but his infrastructure-centric approach has some serious limitations.