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Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution

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Ask HN: What books have most influenced the way you see the world?

westoncb: Traces the major trends, personalities, and events leading to personal computing as we know it today, starting with IBM mainframes mediated by an IBM employ. Also describes the origin and meaning of the 'hacker ethic'. The hacker ethic, especially as exemplified by early MIT programmers in the book, was hugely influential on how I came to think about programming and creative work generally.

Ask HN: Recommendations on books and documentaries on tech companies/people?

rpeden: It's not too focused on specific people or companies, although you'll encounter some well known people like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Richard Stallman in the book. It's an interesting read because it gives you a great background that helps you understand how we ended up with the tech culture and environment we have today.

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Ask HN: Favorite nonfiction books of 2018?

randcraw: “Hackers” is brilliant. No other book captures so well the iconoclastic adventurer spirit at the heart of the microcomputer revolution from '75 to '85.

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Ask HN: What are more books like “Masters of Doom” or “Showstoppers”?

smiljo: I found this one very motivating, covering MIT hacker heroes of old, early game developers, and the Homebrew Computer Club.

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