Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition

Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition

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by Steven Levy
     
 

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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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781449393748
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/19/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
520
Sales rank:
592,277
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

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.

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Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although the book covers the early days of the computer revolution and its growth over the decades, the most nostalgic part for me was the early 1980s segment. For those who remember, it was the dawn of the home computer age, and there were so many platforms to choose from (today it's just PC and Mac). There were a lot of movers and shakers, pioneers with a vision. And back then, Bill Gates was just some guy that made a Disk Operating System and a version of the BASIC programming language. As the title demonstrates, 'hackers' are referred to as the good guys. There was actually once upon a time when the word had positive meanings. Today most people associate the word 'hacker' with people bent with destructive purporses with their computers. A very good read for those interested in the history of the computer age and the people that made a difference. They paved way for the computers we all are using today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read Steven Levy's articles in Macworld magazine. It's this book, Hackers, that earned him my utmost respect as an author. Levy chronicles the history of hacking from the ancient 1960's at MIT up through the early 1980's. While the material is apparently non-fiction, the book flows very well, and is well suited to reading chapters every now and then, as every few chapters covers a different breed of hacker.
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Eyewitmess More than 1 year ago
Since I knew, from childhood, one of the major players in this book, I feel qualified to comment on the nature of Mr. Levy's accuracy and scholarship, as well as his enthusiastic and readable writing style. I would say that he got the essence and attitude of my friend as accurately as one could hope for. After reading over 50 pages concerning this fellow, Mr. Levy left me with only one comment...which was "SPOT-ON!"
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great read for understanding the history of hacking and who where the role players.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great read on the history of computing, and an interesting study on what defined the earliest hackers, and the hacker spirit. I recommend this book highly to those who love computers and want to learn more about what defined the computer they are currently using.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great read, it starts from the early days of huge mainframes to the early years of PCs, it chronicles the lifes and accomplishments of real hackers not those wanna-bes that just want to destroy things.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unable to open sample on my tablet. Delete!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unlike what any AOL-lamer might think this book is not about security exploitation or anything of the like. Hacking is a philosophy, and this book describes it ever so eloquently. This is one of the best computer history books ever written for programmers and curious users alike. This takes you through the world where computers were only for the highly privileged all the way to the beginnings of mainstream home computing. You get to learn about the real pioneers of computing, from those that began the AI revolution to the writer of the ever so popular EMACS. A smooth read, I highly recommend it to anyone interested in computers in general.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You wouldn't believe the detail in this book. It's basically a step by step description of the biggest computer accomplishments when computers had just came out. It is very percise, down to the model numbers, and characteristics. This is a very good book if you're a techie. Otherwise, go read a dummies book, dummy.