Ah, the holidays. A most joyous time to spend with our loved ones and celebrate the season. It’s also a welcome opportunity to take a break from the daily grind, hack on some projects, and read a book or three or five.
We asked around the office to see what everyone is reading this holiday season. If you're looking forward to curling up with a good book during your winter break, then look no further.
An Anthology from the EFF
There are a lot of sci-fi fans here at Crowd Supply. We're also really into electronic freedom, and charitable giving. When you download Pwning Tomorrow and donate to the EFF (ok, donations are only suggested) you get all three. Pwning Tomorrow is a free, Creative Commons-licensed anthology of 21 short fiction stories curated by EFF, by writers including Cory Doctorow, Bruce Sterling, and Lauren Beukes.
The Hard Thing About Hard Things
by Ben Horowitz
The struggle is real. Building a business is hard, and sometimes, there really aren't any easy answers. Ben Horowitz is cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of the Valley's most seasoned, respected entrepreneurs. In his new, much discussed book The Hard Thing About Hard Things, he tells it like it is and gives sound advice on the harsh realities of building a company.
Marie Antoinette's Watch: Adultery, Larceny, & Perpetual Motion
by John Biggs
We agree with pretty much everything William Gibson says, and he said that “Marie Antoinette’s Watch is a wonderful book.” Marie Antoinette's Watch is part history, part love story, and an altogether fascinating tale about personal technology and one of the most important gadgets ever made.
No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State
by Glenn Greenwald
This is Glenn Greenwald's first-hand account of his infamous meeting with Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, and what came next. Need we say more? No Place to Hide is the true story of how one whistleblower revealed the truth behind the NSA and our global surveillance state.
Hacking the XBOX: An Introduction to Reverse Engineering
by Andrew 'Bunnie' Huang
If you haven't read it already, Hacking the XBOX is a must read for any hardware hacker. Bunnie's hands-on guide to hacking begins includes step-by-step tutorials on hardware modifications that teach basic hacking techniques, and also takes a good look at social and political forces that face hacking and open hardware today.
Photo Credit: Portland Made by Kelley Roy. Another great book to read (or give!) this holiday season.