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50 Books Every Geek Should Read

50 Books Every Geek Should Read

Eric Dahl / InsideTech

January 12, 2010
















Biographies

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“iCon,” Jeffrey S. Young and William L. Simon
Steve Jobs actually banned all copies of books from iCon publisher Wiley and Sons from the Apple store after this unauthorized account of Jobs’s return to Apple came out. So you know it’s gotta be good.

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“iWoz,” Steve Wozniak and Gina Smith
Steve Wozniack’s autobiography drives home just how amazing some of the hacks that made the original Apple computers work were. Woz is an interesting dude, but the vanity-project, mostly-unedited writing style of iWoz makes it a tougher read than you’d like. Thankfully nothing about that weird relationship with Kathy Griffin made it in.

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“Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire,” Jim Erickson
Is Microsoft’s legendary founder a genius coder or a business genius who understands code? Many believe the latter, and you’ll find out why in “Hard Drive,” which follows Gates from a little company called Traf-O-Data that he started in high school, through dropping out of Harvard, writing Altair Basic, buying CP/M, and turning Microsoft into the giant it is today.


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