While the story is presented as a series of contrasts...it's also a fascinating, even illuminating, history of the video game industry as seen through the experiences of two influential companies...This is an essential read for any interested in the evolution of video games, and the rise and fall of Sega as a console contender.
Mr Greenwald used to be a lawyer. He is very good at showing that much NSA activity was against the law; for example, the agency took raw data collected from Americans and secretly gave it to Israel. All too often, though, he proselytises rather than analyses.
But "culture" is a broad concept, and Taylor's book covers the spectrum. She's done a lot of homework and writes well, so The People's Platform will be an invaluable primer for anyone seeking to understand why our networked world isn't all that it is cracked up to be.
Kaku is not shy about quoting science-fiction movies and TV (he has seen them all). Despite going off the deep end musing about phenomena such as isolated consciousness spreading throughout the universe, he delivers ingenious predictions extrapolated from good research already in progress.
And in The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert, a staff writer for the New Yorker, offers well-composed snapshots of history, theory and observation that will fascinate, enlighten and appal many readers.
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.
Stone's vivid profiles and lucid analyses of business dynamics make for an entertaining, insightful, behind-the-scenes account of the e-commerce revolution.
The Green Eggs and Ham theory works if parents keep offering new and healthy food, as hopefully, and eventually children will try them. Don't hesitate to try this method.
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...
...even the most skeptical realist must concede Gore’s point that there have been “many examples” of an international consensus advancing human rights...
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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...
...not lacking in confidence or pointlessly self-effacing, but calm and honest about the limits to what the author or anyone else can know about what is going to happen next.
Stross peppers the book with his [Graham's] mottos: “Make something people want”, “Launch fast.” “Write code and talk to customers.” If not the definitive history of this explosion in technology start-ups, Stross at least provides lively source material.
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.