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Just like a gambling addict
on 30 October 2015
Right from the get-go, Mitnick makes it crystal clear just how impressed with himself he is. Frequently referring to himself as "gutsy", "above average" and painting a picture of everyone around him being knocked for six by his hacking prowess while, in contrast, anyone who demonstrates a similar attitude is labelled as "arrogant" and their competence diminished.
The story becomes repetitive with Mitnick claiming time and again that he's terrified of going back to jail and sick of hurting those around him, only to then once again break the law in an attempt to one-up somebody (often for no more reason than to prove to himself that he can) and go back on the run.
Over the course of the whole book, Mitnick barely acknowledges the criminality of his tapping other people's phones, accessing personal information and impersonating law enforcement but spends several pages detailing how the "Myth of Mitnick" stacked odds against him.
Ultimately, just like a gambling addict, this is someone who takes credit for even the smallest win and explains away every loss as pure circumstance.