kakarot: I cannot recommend Masters of Doom highly enough to anyone on this website. It's about the rise of Id games and the technological and cultural breakthroughs they made in the industry... read comments

fred_is_fred: A good read about the Atari 2600 and how the devs were able to fight within the limitations of 1970s and 1980s hardware to develop a gaming platform. read comments

kevin_morrill: A great book covering the founding story of Blizzard North, creators of Diablo 1 & 2... read comments

dejv: book about creating the game of Spelunky + notes on game design read comments

e9: Simple and fun to read + you build full game console and games for it. Has more practical knowledge than my full undergrad degree in Computer Engineering read comments