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Security Engineering: A Guide to Building Dependab&hellip by Ross J. Anderson
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive, 23 April 2001
This book is superbly good - at once an introduction for those new to the field and an easy reference for experts. As would be expected of Ross Anderson, the book is full of well-chosen examples of real systems.
It is an important book; a lot of people should read it. There is malice in the world, and this must be taken into account when designing almost any system of any kind.
The most valuable perspective, for me, was seeing designs broken by shifting environmental assumptions. It's very educating to find that in many cases what previously looked like boneheaded stupidity was actually a valid decision that later turned sour.
As a minor caveat I did find numerous misprints… Read more
The Wrong Way Home by Peter Moore
The Wrong Way Home by Peter Moore
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but good, 26 Oct 2000
Peter Moore's style begs comparison with Bill Bryson's - if for no other reason than that Bryson has become an almost universal benchmark for travelogues. The glaring difference is that Moore goes places and does things Bryson never would. Forging visas, bluffing one's way into warzones, visiting insalubrious restaurants with obviously inedible food - these are things at which Moore excels. The places visited in this book are well-chosen, and play to Moore's strengths. I now know by proxy a lot more about a great many interesting places neither I nor any fully sane person would care to visit. Now the downside: While Moore paints a very good picture of the culture of the places he visits, I… Read more
Risk by John Adams
Risk by John Adams
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Anyone who can grasp the concepts discussed in this book should read it; it has universal relevance. Adams strips bare the very shaky assumptions upon which much risk assessment is based in the world. It was a shock to me, and I expect it will be a shock to most people. To use a cliche: This book changed my life. More accurately, it changed my world-view. If you need more convincing, take a look at the commendations on the back cover. Any book that can debunk so much of conventional doctrine on road safety, environmentalism, medicine, and so on, yet draw such acclaim from such a diverse range of specialist publications is a book to be reckoned with! As a final note, the book is really very… Read more