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1. Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government Saving Privacy in the Digital Age
by Steven Levy
Paperback: 368 Pages (2002-01-15)
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If you've ever made a secure purchase with your credit card over the Internet, then you have seen cryptography, or "crypto," in action. From Steven Levy-the author who made "hackers" a household word-comes this account of a revolution that is already affecting every citizen in the twenty-first century. Crypto tells the inside story of how a group of "crypto rebels"-nerds and visionaries turned freedom fighters-teamed up with corporate interests to beat Big Brother and ensure our privacy on the Internet. Levy's history of one of the most controversial and important topics of the digital age reads like the best futuristic fiction.

"Gripping and illuminating." (The Wall Street Journal)Amazon.com Review
If the National Security Agency (NSA) had wanted to make sure that strong encryption would reach the masses, it couldn't have done much better than to tell the cranky geniuses of the world not to do it. Author Steven Levy, deservedly famous for his enlightening Hackers, tells the story of the cypherpunks, their foes, and their allies in Crypto: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government. From the determined research of Whitfield Diffie and Marty Hellman, in the face of the NSA's decades-old security lock, to the commercial world's turn-of-the-century embrace of encrypted e-commerce, Levy finds drama and intellectual challenge everywhere he looks. Although he writes, "Behind every great cryptographer, it seems, there is a driving pathology," his respect for the mathematicians and programmers who spearheaded public key encryption as the solution to Information Age privacy invasion shines throughout. Even the governmental bad guys are presented more as hapless control fetishists who lack the prescience to see the inevitability of strong encryption as more than a conspiracy of evil.

Each cryptological advance that was made outside the confines of the NSA's Fort Meade complex was met with increasing legislative and judicial resistance. Levy's storytelling acumen tugs the reader along through mathematical and legal hassles that would stop most narratives in their tracks--his words make even the depressingly silly Clipper chip fiasco vibrant. Hardcore privacy nerds will value Crypto as a review of 30 years of wrangling; those readers with less familiarity with the subject will find it a terrific and well-documented launching pad for further research. From notables like Phil Zimmerman to obscure but important figures like James Ellis, Crypto dishes the dirt on folks who know how to keep a secret. --Rob Lightner ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Computer history from a personal view
This was a well written history of the people that changed Crypto forever. The technical history of the computer revolution and information assurance is told from the perspective of graduate students and businessmen trying to change the world.

4-0 out of 5 stars One-sided but informative history of key non-government cryptographers
Steven Levy's "Crypto" is a fascinating look at part of the story of modern cryptography, at least from the point of view of key non-government cryptographers.The author clearly conducted plenty of research into the lives of certain individuals, such as Whit Diffie and Marty Hellmen, the RSA trio, and other entrepreneurs.Unlike some other reviewers, I thought the text was lively enough and the book kept my attention throughout.My only real concern is the obvious bias against the concerns of government cryptographers.If you doubt the bias, it starts on the cover: "How the Code Rebels Beat the Government - Saving Privacy in the Digital Age."Regardless, if you are a security professional or just have an interest in digital privacy, you will enjoy reading Crypto.

After reading Crypto I felt a certain amount of gratitude to the non-government cryptographers who fought to put encryption algorithms and tools in my possession.While reading the book a friend asked me to sign his PGP key, so I reflected that it would not have been possible without Phil Zimmerman's persistence and courage.I also had lunch with Whit Diffie at a security conference just before reading the book; I wish I had read it first and brought the book to get it signed!

My primary criticism is that the author too quickly dismisses the concerns of government cryptographers and security officials.I agree with the idea that "when crypto is outlawed, only outlaws will have crypto."However, our military, intelligence, and law enforcement entities truly do try to combat adversaries and keep the public safe.Unfortunately, the DoD-CI-LEO triangle doesn't tell its story very well, or not at all, so I don't fault Levy too much for his attitude or coverage.

I'd like to briefly mention three points that struck me.First, on p 81 Ralph Merkle notes "how the [academic paper] publication process was tuned to incremental improvements, but was very bad at handling something that is fundamentally different." I thought that spoke volumes about the possible chilling effect of the peer-reviewed academic publishing process on ground-breaking research.Second, on pp 127-9 the author describes Leonard Adleman performing a life demo to break the Merkle knapsack scheme in front of a crypto conference.It reminded me of past Black Hat or Def Con conferences, where a speaker would show obtaining root access on a target, followed by applause from the audience.Finally, I realized that much of the crypto wars were fought because interceptors feared encountering encrypted data in transit.No one in the book considered the problem of compromised endpoints, where encrypted content must be deciphered in order to be useful.Own the endpoint and all the crypto in the world is useless -- and that is how intruders of all types operate today.

5-0 out of 5 stars None of Your Business
"What have you got hide?"

"None of your business!"

That is my favourite lines from the book. The government (NSA) claiming if you knew what they knew, you'd agree that encryption is of national security. This is the main argument thought the book. The code rebels say it is necessary to secure bank transactions, privacy, and oppressive governments.

Here is my theory with only facts I got reading the book:

The NSA was probably less worried about people using encryption to encode their messages. The NSA already had the equivalent of RSA. Having civilians research such things freely probably put their own messages at risk of decryption.

Think about it. If you have RSA and it is secure by public keys and yet you still have the means to hide the algorithm that encrypts the message, you would have a stronger system. A secret algorithm adds protection in case there is any flaw in the security of RSA. Exporting crypto not only gives means for enemies to avoid surveillance, but allows foreign governments knowledge on how the NSA protects its own messages.

We finally got legalized encryption around the year 2000, but it was out of necessity of the Internet. That is about 22 years later. A time when technology has changed.

This book gives you a history. An exciting and descriptive history. I only remember PGP and key escrow while it was occurring in the 1990's. I didn't know the majority of the history that occurred in this book. This book goes over the history of the civilians, like Whitfield Diffie amd how crypto was brought to the public.

This is a lot of information crammed into the 330 pages. There are so many names mentioned you'd have to take notes to remember them. The interest does slow down in the middle of the book, but when you finish the book, you see it was necessary to tell the story.

This book is what would make younger readers interested in crypto. And it can be enjoyed by anyone interested in the subject. You won't see any math, just a paragraph describing the overall concept when needed.

This is a good read. If you stick with it through the long parts, you will learn a lot.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good book, a bit dry.
Very good book that gives the reader a strong foundation and understanding of computer crypto.

I do not normally read books twice, but tried to read this one a second time.It was too dry the second time and after having the understanding I already had from school and the first read, I was not able to finish.

It is something to read at least once, although maybe a bit more dated now.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Intro History
This author and John Markoff are some of the best general writers that have written about the early history of home computers and various associated issues.Levy is superb in his books entitle Hackers and Artificial Life.

Crypto is interesting for me in a number of ways.My father was in the Navy for most of my first years of life, working in the career field involving crytpo communications and I was always interested in the subject even if I spent a career in the military working on F-4's.The book's history covers most of the years I spent in the military and the names trigger memories of conversations and classes about top but little known generals and admirals (like Admiral Inman) I had while earning a history/politicial science degree.It also brings back memories of Contra-gate with the players Colonel North and Admiral Poindexter (which have nothing to do with this book). Two of the books that Levy cites, Codebreakers and Puzzle Palace, were objects I spent many hours with during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Crypto is a fascinating introduction into the difficult dance that the government and computer/math geeks danced during the early emergence of computer encoding systems especially over the issue of requiring inferior products to overseas consumers.The brief snap shots of the early computer crypto hackers are fascinating.Levy has mastered the art form of providing bio snap shots and surpassed one of the masters of doing this, which was Civil War historian -- Bruce Catton.

Levy also provides a very introductory briefing on how the early crypto systems worked and the ideas behind them.He does not get bogged down with excessive details to provide that background.

Condsidering the House finally approved the 'bailout' bill today and imposed an excessive and overbearing government presence on the American economic scene, it is interesting that the Clinton/Gore administration was officially impending software companies with their export of quality products and the geniuses that worked on the crypto systems. Big Brother government has been around for a lot longer than many realize.

This book is an idea candidate for re-issue and updating.
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2. Principles of Interpretation: Mastering Clear and Concise Interventions in Psychotherapy
by Steven T. Levy
Paperback: 240 Pages (1996-03-01)
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A systematic introduction to interpretation as a technical therapeutic skill. ... Read more


3. Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution - 25th Anniversary Edition
by Steven Levy
Paperback: 528 Pages (2010-05-20)
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This 25th anniversary edition of Steven Levy's classic book traces the exploits of the computer revolution's original hackers -- those brilliant and eccentric nerds from the late 1950s through the early '80s who took risks, bent the rules, and pushed the world in a radical new direction. With updated material from noteworthy hackers such as Bill Gates, Mark Zukerberg, Richard Stallman, and Steve Wozniak, Hackers is a fascinating story that begins in early computer research labs and leads to the first home computers.

Levy profiles the imaginative brainiacs who found clever and unorthodox solutions to computer engineering problems. They had a shared sense of values, known as "the hacker ethic," that still thrives today. Hackers captures a seminal period in recent history when underground activities blazed a trail for today's digital world, from MIT students finagling access to clunky computer-card machines to the DIY culture that spawned the Altair and the Apple II.



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By Steven Levy

Author Steven Levy
When I began researching Hackers--so many years ago that it’s scary--I thought I’d largely be chronicling the foibles of a sociologically weird cohort who escaped normal human interaction by retreating to the sterile confines of computers labs. Instead, I discovered a fascinating, funny cohort who wound up transforming human interaction, spreading a culture that affects our views about everything from politics to entertainment to business. The stories of those amazing people and what they did is the backbone of Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution.

But when I revisited the book recently to prepare the 25th Anniversary Edition of my first book, it was clear that I had luckily stumbled on the origin of a computer (and Internet) related controversy that still permeates the digital discussion. Throughout the book I write about something I called The Hacker Ethic, my interpretation of several principles implicitly shared by true hackers, no matter whether they were among the early pioneers from MIT’s Tech Model Railroad Club (the Mesopotamia of hacker culture), the hardware hackers of Silicon Valley’s Homebrew Computer Club (who invented the PC industry), or the slick kid programmers of commercial game software. One of those principles was “Information Should Be Free.” This wasn’t a justification of stealing, but an expression of the yearning to know more so one could hack more. The programs that early MIT hackers wrote for big computers were stored on paper tapes. The hackers would keep the tapes in a drawer by the computer so anyone could run the program, change it, and then cut a new tape for the next person to improve. The idea of ownership was alien.

This idea came under stress with the advent of personal computers.The Homebrew Club was made of fanatic engineers, along with a few social activists who were thrilled at the democratic possibilities of PCs. The first home computer they could get their hands on was 1975’s Altair, which came in a kit that required a fairly hairy assembly process. (Its inventor was Ed Roberts, an underappreciated pioneer who died earlier this year.) No software came with it.So it was a big deal when 19-year-old Harvard undergrad Bill Gates and his partner Paul Allen wrote a BASIC computer language for it. The Homebrew people were delighted with Altair BASIC, but unhappy that Gates and Allen charged real money for it. Some Homebrew people felt that their need for it outweighed their ability to pay. And after one of them got hold of a “borrowed” tape with the program, he showed up at a meeting with a box of copies (because it is so easy to make perfect copies in the digital age), and proceeded to distribute them to anyone who wanted one, gratis.

This didn’t sit well with Bill Gates, who wrote what was to become a famous “Letter to Hobbyists,” basically accusing them of stealing his property. It was the computer-age equivalent to Luther posting the Ninety-Five Theses on the Castle Church. Gate’s complaints would reverberate well into the Internet age, and variations on the controversy persist. Years later, when another undergrad named Shawn Fanning wrote a program called Napster that kicked off massive piracy of song files over the Internet, we saw a bloodier replay of the flap. Today, issues of cost, copying and control still rage--note Viacom’s continuing lawsuit against YouTube and Google.And in my own business—journalism--availability of free news is threatening more traditional, expensive new-gathering. Related issues that also spring from controversies in Hackers are debates over the “walled gardens” of Facebook and Apple’s iPad.

I ended the original Hackers with a portrait of Richard Stallman, an MIT hacker dedicated to the principle of free software. I recently revisited him while gathering new material for the 25th Anniversary Edition of Hackers, he was more hard core than ever. He even eschewed the Open Source movement for being insufficiently noncommercial.

When I spoke to Gates for the update, I asked him about his 1976 letter and the subsequent intellectual property wars. “Don’t call it war,” he said. “Thank God we have an incentive system. Striking the right balance of how this should work, you know, there's going to be tons of exploration.”Then he applied the controversy to my own situation as a journalism. “Things are in a crazy way for music and movies and books,” he said. “Maybe magazine writers will still get paid 20 years from now.Who knows?Maybe you'll have to cut hair during the day and just write articles at night.”

So Amazon.com readers, it’s up to you. Those who have not read Hackers,, have fun and be amazed at the tales of those who changed the world and had a hell of time doing it. Those who have previously read and loved Hackers, replace your beat-up copies, or the ones you loaned out and never got back, with this beautiful 25th Anniversary Edition from O’Reilly with new material about my subsequent visits with Gates, Stallman, and younger hacker figures like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook. If you don’t I may have to buy a scissors--and the next bad haircut could be yours!

Read Bill Gates' letter to hobbyists

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5-0 out of 5 stars A History Book about Computing
I recently finished reading the Soul of a New Machine which I really enjoyed and overall enjoy these types of history of computing types of books. This takes the next step forward from Soul as that was focused primarily on shipping out one machine this focus on three distinct different eras of computing, both the people who used and the machines.

Overall I really enjoyed this book as an IT professional as it is the single best location of the history of computing. Other reviews go into much greater detail of the time periods and the technology so I wont repeat it here. I'm more echoing what others have said. If this book does sound interesting then I recommend you purchase it without hesitation. You will thoroughly enjoy it. I just wish there was more to it.

5-0 out of 5 stars This was with me from the start!
I read this book when it came out the first time.I was getting ready to my first job as an engineer in Boston during the boom-boom years of hi tech.This book got me really excited about what lay ahead and I wasn't let down a bit.I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in history or the tech culture.I also recommend the book, "Soul of a New Machine" by Tracy Kidder.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Hackers is an absolutely fascinating look at the history of not just computing, but those who made it all happen: the curious college kids of MIT and those who came after who saw computers as more than just computational devices.

Levy weaves an amazing tale of geeks with a passion for using computers as a more than just tools; these kids (and some of them were quite young) fostered a community of information sharing to further the goal of the "hacker ethic." Information should be free and be used to better the individual and improve the use of computers.

Levy skillfully moves from MIT and the east coast, to the next generation of wonderkids in the Berkeley area, where computer technology was first used as an attempt to improve society. As more and more users wished to build their own hardware, Homebrew was formed to aid those in that goal. Homebrew helped launch the most influential wave of personal computing, and resulted in such greats as Woz's Apple computer. Also from this era is the conflict of software (or information) with the hacker ethic. Bill Gates's infamous letter against copying software ushered in a new area of for-profit hacking.

The final portion of the book focuses on computers as forms of personal entertainment, specifically as machines upon which we can play games, and Levy focuses on Sierra On-Line, a once rapidly growing and equally exploding powerhouse in early computer gaming. Here Levy is at his weakest. He fails to delve into coin-op gaming and console gaming as important factors in the drive to bring gaming deeper into the home via computers.

Another failure on Levy's part is, as this is the 25th anniversary edition, a discussion of the open source movement, a direct descendant of the hacker ethic. Had Levy discussed that, his excellent book would have made a wonderful, complete, up-to-date circle.

3-0 out of 5 stars Formatting errors on Kindle
I love this book, and would normally give it five-stars, but I am very disappointed that the table of contents is completely messed up on the Kindle--it only displays one or two lines per page, which makes it unusable. Considering how this edition of the book is being marketed as eBook friendly, it seems like someone at the publishing company would have caught this problem since the formatting errors are visible as soon as the book is opened for the first time.

5-0 out of 5 stars History you will WANT to read
Being a computer geek always felt like a stigma, but after reading about some of the real computer geeks from an age where computers were mystical 'black boxes' and seeing how they created the world that we now live in, I am proud to be a computer geek and Hope that I can live up to the 'Hacker Ethic' ... Read more


4. Insanely Great: The Life and Times of Macintosh, the Computer That Changed Everything
by Steven Levy
Paperback: 336 Pages (2000-06-01)
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The creation of the Mac in 1984 catapulted America into the digital millennium, captured a fanatic cult audience, and transformed the computer industry into an unprecedented mix of technology, economics, and show business. Now veteran technology writer and Newsweek senior editor Steven Levy zooms in on the great machine and the fortunes of the unique company responsible for its evolution. Loaded with anecdote and insight, and peppered with sharp commentary, Insanely Great is the definitive book on the most important computer ever made.It is a must-have for anyone curious about how we got to the interactive age.

"Engaging . . . A delightful and timely book."--The New York Times Book Review

"A holy scripture for loyal clickers of the mouse that may someday result in placement by digital Gideons in all motel rooms (virtual and actual) serving travelers on the information highway." --San Francisco ExaminerAmazon.com Review
Back in the early 1980s, word spread about an inviting littlepersonal computer that used something called a mouse and smiled at youwhen you turned it on. Steven Levy relates his first encounter withthe pre-released Mac and goes on to chronicle the machine that Appledevelopers hoped would "make a dent in the universe." A wonderfulstory told by a terrific writer (Levy was the longtime writer of thepopular "Iconoclast" column in MacWorld; he's now a columnistwith Newsweek, the birth and first ten years of the Macintoshis a great read. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Levy is a tech fanboy, and an excitable writer
There's a genre of tech writing that might legitimately be known as "fanboy fetish nonfiction." Steven Levy -- in books like Crypto and Hackers -- always skirts around the edge of the genre. In Insanely Great, he wades into the genre up to his hips.

This is the story of the Mac's creation, and the story of Steve Jobs's sticking his nose into everyone's business. Levy seems a little unsure of Jobs: is he a jerk and an opportunist, who only attaches himself to a project when it might bring Jobs himself more power and glory? Does he force his limited design and technical powers on those beneath him? Is he trying to compensate for his non-Wozniak engineering skills?

Levy may believe all these things, but at the same time he can't deny that Jobs is a major force for good within Apple. Like the mythical Shaker furniture builders, Jobs won't let any piece of the Mac go out unless it's perfect and beautiful. The Shakers wouldn't build a dresser with a plywood face against a wall, even if no one else would ever see that side; God would see it. Likewise, says Levy, every square inch of the Mac was an aesthetic pleasure.

I may have been too young at the time to have really appreciated the Mac. I certainly appreciate the spur it provided to Windows. Only when Mac OS X came around did I see what all the fuss was about. OS X is the first bit of Mac software that I've enjoyed. OS 9 and before felt cartoonish to me. Bomb icons -- indicating that some rogue application had taken down the entire computer, which you had no choice at that moment but to reboot -- appeared with alarming frequency.

At an architectural level, cooperative multitasking may have been to blame for a lot of the Mac's instabilities. You will never read anything at that level in Levy's book. Levy is an English major imported into the world of computers, and I think he's more interested in the people than he is in the technology. There's a lot for journalists to sink their teeth into in the world of computers: the 16-hour days, the sleeping under desks, the seat-of-the-pants demos finished mere moments before the curtain comes up. Levy enjoys himself in this realm. He's less able or willing to explain the technical details of why, exactly, the Mac was repeatedly delayed. The fact of the delay, and the excitement of cigar-chomping executives breathing down frantic hackers' necks, is more his speed.

Insanely Great has some funny moments, again from the excited-visionary perspective rather than from the awesome-technology one. There's Steve Jobs, explaining to one of his hardware developers that shaving two seconds off the Mac's startup time, if millions of people reboot multiple times per day, will save *50 human lives every day*. There are moments, like these, when I understood part of the Mac cult's allure.

The rest of the book, though, was not convincing. The bomb icons were far too vivid in my memory. Plus I was a DOS 1-2-3 devotee as a child.

What I find funny is that I've only just joined the Cult of Apple, in the form of its iPhone. Unlike the Mac, the whole world realizes that the iPhone does its job better than any of its competitors. People are flocking to Apple in droves, giving the phone a market share and platform lead that other device manufacturers only dream about. The iPhone really is Insanely Great. Steve Jobs must be pleased.

3-0 out of 5 stars Insanely Great or just Half-Hearted?
Let me preface this review with the fact that I love Steven Levy.Well, his books anyhow.That said, this review is necessarily tainted by my experience with some of his other work.The curse of the author who pens a masterpiece (i.e. "Hackers" by Levy) is that everything that came before, and after, will be compared against said masterpiece.The case of "Insanely Great" is no different.

While I found this book to be an enjoyable read (I've read and re-read it more than once), and containing some decent detail about the origins of the original Macintosh, I also found it to be somewhat half-hearted in its presentation.Relative to "Hackers", of course.

I really got the sense that Levy was just plowing through the history, rather than lovingly exploring the details.While it's clear from the book that Levy truly loves the Mac, it's less clear that he loved the story of how it came to be.The writing lacked the obvious fascination and passion that he presents in "Hackers", and the breadth of research and intricate technical detail that he shows in "Artificial Life" and "Crytpo".In "Insanely Great", he just seems to be going through the motions of telling the story.

The most passionate and moving bits of writing in the book are when he is describing his love and respect for the machine.He clearly recognizes and conveys the absolute technical epiphany that Macintosh represented to the computer industry (heck, to the world).These bits are closely followed by some great (and well thought out) rants about the weaknesses of the machine - and the metaphorical medium it has spread across the world.

Finally, the book almost accidentally documents Levy's interesting relationship with Steve Jobs.Clearly any book about Macintosh will prominently feature the Mac Daddy (sorry, I had to use that term) - but the writing clearly shows that Levy was quite affected by Jobs.This is also not surprising, as Jobs' personality is as powerful and complicated as any great human being.In my opinion, the insight into Jobs that Levy offers - as well as the shadows of their relationship that are cast upon the walls of the book - offer a fresh view that other Mac/Apple histories might not offer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great view into the development of the Mac
This book shines for anyone who wants a deeper understanding of how the Macintosh came to be. Everyone knows the basic story of how Apple based the Mac on the innovations of Xerox, but the real story is much deeper than that. Xerox PARC provided the innovation and spark, but there was a lot more blood and guts work that followed, especially considering the state of computer technology at the time. While there is of course a lot about Steve Jobs, equal attention is given to the various engineers who did nuts and bolts software and hardware development. Those looking for corporate intrigue and board room warfare could probably find better accounts elsewhere, although these are also covered here (as they inevitably had an effect on the Mac's development over the years.)

Given how commonplace the GUI and its various metaphors (folders and files, desktop, trash can, etc.) are today, it's easy to lose sight that the original Mac (and Lisa) team were really venturing way off into the unknown.

This book is a great read for anyone or any company trying to do the same.

5-0 out of 5 stars I for "Internet"
Once upon a time, a guy named Steve had a vision: to take IBM's place in the computer industry. Not by copying IBM's ideas as Michael Dell did. No. By innovating...
Steve Jobs, a charismatic and driven individual, who wears the same outfit so he doesn't have to waste his time deciding what to wear, and who once was exiled from his own company, came back. Although many critics always thought of Jobs as an opportunistic individual, more than creative and visionary, and labeled him as a "One Hit Wonder" was able to make a "Come Back." This book tells the story of the first Mac, the one that only a few people knew about, and then, it takes you through a journey of one of the greatest companies ever founded: Apple, Inc. The story that almost wasn't told. After years of mismanagements and senior executives not understanding what Apple Computers was all about, Steve Jobs returned not just to save the company, but also to redirect where the company was headed. As many people said, "Apple was off track," and it was, it really was. However, Jobs' return not only brought blood back to Apple, but also put them on the black ink once again.
Before picking up this book, ensure that you have enough time to read it all at once. You won't be able o put it down. If you are a Mac fan, or if you are just interested in knowing a bit more of what Apple has gone through, this book is for you.
Enjoy it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Fast, furious, and full of excitement
People who read this are in for an evening of excitement and fun. It's like apulp fiction story for the silicon age. ... Read more


5. The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness
by Steven Levy
Paperback: 304 Pages (2007-09-04)
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The iPod has become a full-blown cultural phenomenon, giving us a new vocabulary (we shuffle our iTunes on our nanos), revolutionizing the way we experience music and radio through the invention of podcasting, opening up new outlets for video, and challenging the traditional music industry as never before. The design itself has become iconic: there is even a shade of white now called iPod White.

Steven Levy has had rare access to everyone at Apple who was involved in creating the iPod -- including Steve Jobs, Apple's charismatic cofounder and CEO, whom he has known for over twenty years. In telling the story behind the iPod, Levy explains how it went from the drawing board to global sensation. He also examines how this deceptively diminutive gadget raises a host of new technical, legal, social, and musical questions (including the all-important use of one's playlist as an indicator of coolness), and writes about where the iPhenomenon might go next in his new Afterword. Sharp and insightful, The Perfect Thing is part history and part homage to the device that we can't live without. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad...
"The Perfect Thing" is a very light, shallow, but entertaining treatment of various aspects of the impact of the iPod product written by a "technology reporter" who does not seem to know much about his topic. The book is much better than iPod, Therefore I Am, but is akin to it in that both are written by entirely uncritical fanboys. It would be nice to see a volume on portable digital audio players written by someone both savvy and neutral, but this is not one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice mixture of history and fashion
"The perfect thing" is everything about iPods. The author is Steven Levy, a technology journalist of Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution fame. I hadn't heard much about the book and was hesitant on whether I should read it or not. I was looking for some easy reading about technology and decided this might be it. In the end, I was not disappointed, the perfect thing is not the perfect book, but it did provide me with what I was looking for in it.

The book consists of a bunch of chapters which are shuffled. So your version of the book might have the chapters in a different order than mine. All chapters are independent stories related to the iPod. The chapters are (in my order): perfect, personal, cool, download, podcast, origin, apple, identity and shuffle.

Part of the chapters dealt with the fashion and social reaction to the iPod. Personal discusses the history of personal music and how it influenced our culture. How some socialist fight it whereas others embrace it. Cool discusses how iPod has become a fashion statement and how trends of coolness work. Podcast covers the history of podcasts and how this "personal radio" has influenced our culture. Identity talks about how what you have on your iPod is who you are.

The other part of the chapters deal with the history. Personally I found these more interesting than the fashion ones. Origin covers the origins of the iPod, how it was created, who was involved and where the ideas came from. Apple discusses the history of apple and especially Steven Jobs and how the iPod has been one of his key successes in his comeback to apple. Other chapters also talk about history of the iPod design, history of podcasts, history of the walkman etc.

The book is easy reading. Its written well and doesn't dive incredibly deep in the different subjects, but touches lots of subjects very broadly (a journalist book...). Still, I enjoyed reading it, the writing style was funny and the content was informative. Its not as good as Hackers... but it is definitively worth reading.

I was thinking of a 3 or 4 stars rating. 3 stars because the book did what I expected it to do -- an easy reading book about technology. 4 because it was written well and surprised me somewhat. In the end, I decided to go with 4 stars. Worth reading if you like iPods and Apples.

5-0 out of 5 stars The catalyst that made it happen
Apple took off with the success of iPod in 2001. Before iPod, Apple was mainly popular among computer enthusiasts who were viewed by the general public as geeks. Then, iPod made it cool to be associated with Apple. The author explains just how important music is to people. A person's music collection defines oneself. Others can make judgments about someone else by looking at their music collection in their iPod. A great collection determines a person's status. Acceptance and status are extremely powerful forces especially among teenagers. The author also argues that popularity of iPod created a "halo effect" that boosted sales of other Apple products. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone interested in Apple.

- Mariusz Skonieczny, author of Why Are We So Clueless about the Stock Market? Learn how to invest your money, how to pick stocks, and how to make money in the stock market

2-0 out of 5 stars Not "Hackers"
I have read Mr. Levy's book "Hackers" several times.I found the information he supplied regarding the early days of computing very entertaining and of interest to me.This new book just hasn't grabbed my attention.I stopped after about 15 pages as it seems more like an Apple advertisement than an historical presentation.I realize there is not as much meat here to write about, but I really don't know why he bothered.It is not that interesting a subject, and probably was done just to cash in on his previous successes.

3-0 out of 5 stars 2009: Out of date now, but covers teh origins
Other reviewers have covered the contents of this book pretty well. I just read it (April 2009), and wanted to offer two criticisms from a 2009 perspective:

1. As you would expect from a book published in 2006, there is no mention of the iPhone or iPod Touch, which were introduced in Summer 2007. Unfortunately for this book, the iPhone and Touch rather masterfully complete the iPod family, combining playback with communication and portable web browsing. I haven't yet seen an industry observer who understood how well Apple has rounded out their iPod product line with the Touch (touch control, big screen, WiFi, browsing, music, App Store) and iPhone (all that plus phone).

2. Although he acknowledges the depth, simplicity and market leadership of iTunes, Levy treats iTunes as an iPod feature. But without iTunes, iPod is just a deluxe, expensive MP3 player, much like the Mac is a deluxe, expensive computer. iTunes is why iPod has 70% market share in MP3 players: iPod + iTunes is a whole product, with enjoyable music shopping and simple downloads. Creative and Microsoft and others have copied and continue to copy iPod, but nobody else has come close to the whole product.

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6. Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution
by StevenLevy, Steven Levy
Paperback: 464 Pages (2000-12-31)
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Today, technology is cool.Owning the most powerful computer,the latest high-tech gadget, and the whizziest web site is a status symbolon a par with having a flashy car or a designer suit.And a media obsessedwith the digital explosion has reappropriated the term "computer nerd" sothat it's practically synonymous with "entrepreneur."Yet, a mere fifteenyears ago, wireheads hooked on tweaking endless lines of code were seen asmarginal weirdos, outsiders whose world would never resonate with themainstream.That was before one pioneering work documented the undergroundcomputer revolution that was about to change our world forever.Withgroundbreaking profiles of Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, MIT's tech ModelRailroad Club, and more, Steven Levy's Hackers brilliantly captures aseminal moment when the risk takers and explorers were poised to conquertwentieth-century America's last great frontier.And in the Internet age,"the hacker ethic"--first espoused here--is alive an well.Amazon.com Review
Steven Levy's classic book explains why the misuse of the word"hackers" to describe computer criminals does a terribledisservice to many important shapers of the digital revolution. Levyfollows members of an MIT model railroad club--a group of brilliantbudding electrical engineers and computer innovators--from the late1950s to the mid-1980s. These eccentric characters used the term"hack" to describe a clever way of improving the electronicsystem that ran their massive railroad. And as they started designingclever ways to improve computer systems, "hack" moved overwith them. These maverick characters were often fanatics who did notalways restrict themselves to the letter of the law and who devotedthemselves to what became known as "The Hacker Ethic." Thebook traces the history of hackers, from finagling access to clunkycomputer-card-punching machines to uncovering the inner secrets ofwhat would become the Internet. This story of brilliant, eccentric,flawed, and often funny people devoted to their dream of a betterworld will appeal to a wide audience. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars What would happen if hackers...
The only thing that is missing in this wonderful book is the UNIX era, which constitutes a story by itself. I was really disappointed to see that UNIX is mentioned in only one or two pages (and nothing is mentioned about UNIX and C hackers). Other than that, I think it paints a very vivid and humane picture of a very special period of the history of computing.

I would also recommend it to people who are not technical so that they can understand the mindset and psychology of hackers better. The distinction between the styles of serious business computing and passionate, obsessive, creative and innovative hacking pushing the boundaries is also made very clear in the book. That distinction still exists today, even though the flagship of modern hacking GNU/Linux is becoming more and more of a business commodity rather than a risky playground for trying out really groundbreaking ideas. I also recommend the book to programmers, hackers and technical managers so that they know more about the past of their field. The roads taken and the roads not takes.

I must admit that I learned much more about the history of Homebrew Computer Club and game hacking from this book, wish it contained more stories about Commodore, ZX Spectrum and Amiga.

So grab some Chinese food, set up your hacking environment, put this book on your desk and give it a go! :)

5-0 out of 5 stars Such a funny and good documented book.
I am only in a 5th of the book. But it is so funny and I am forthy, so I didn't have the same experiences as those guys in the beginning. But I also started with a commodore 64 and hacking programs in it. If I compare it with the computers of today, I realy have to say that people must be able to get much more out of the machines of today with some real hacking.
I have made the same situations and feelings when I was young. I do recognize myself in some of those guys.
I am looking forward to read the rest of the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Narrative That Makes You Feel You Were There
Wow. I worked at Ashton-Tate (d-Base) in 1983 for their SofTeam division.
Obviously I missed the very start of computer hacking at MIT, but I really identified with the people portrayed. This book perfectly describes the feelings of the original hackers. All they cared about was making the computer better at what it did, to the point of artistic obsession. As the hacker ethos was slowly but steadily spread, the right people were in the right place with steadfast belief that they could succeed. It's amazing to look at the companies that are still here, knowing now how they were started, by people who got addicted to the amazing creative power on such simple computers compared to now and what mistakes were made by whom that have influenced the evolution of computers to date. This book is an excellent read for techies who like history.

5-0 out of 5 stars Required reading for anyone in the computing industry
Let's get this out of the way up front--the term "hackers" here refers to the original ideology of the word from the earlier days of computing, when hackers blazed the trail of our modern hardware and software systems. These are not the modern day denizen hackers of destructive, malicious infamy.

Based on this understanding, this book should be required reading for anyone connected with the computing profession. It serves as a rich history of the genesis of modern day computing, from the earliest days at MIT, the birth of languages such as Lisp and BASIC, the origins of modern video games from Space War and Colossal Cave, to the natural evolution of microcomputing.

Steven Levy shows us how a historical book about an industry should be written. It contains an unfolding, interrelated emotional story of people and technology. There are moments of wonder, awe, tenacity, pain, suffering, hope, idealism, and eventually, money, capitalism, and greed. Even at 450+ pages, this is one book you'll read through quickly.

After reading this, you'll want to fire up Emacs, dust off Space War, and find out just how powerful this Lisp language from 1959 still really is ;-)

3-0 out of 5 stars A well-written account of computer pioneers - just make sure you're interested in this stuff
As the description mentions, Steven Levy's "Hackers" is not about computer criminals, but refers to the more traditional definition of "someone who delights in having an intimate understanding of the internal workings of a computer and computer network."I purchased this book because I was intrigued with Sierra On-Line, and was interested in learning more about some of the founding software companies and people who became rich from the computer boom of the early 80s.Having just finished Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet about the creation of the Internet, and being bored out of my mind with it, I was hoping "Hackers" would be a little more exciting.Unfortunately, the first half of the book mirrors "Wizards" in a lot of ways and discusses much of the same content.What's more, before purchasing, I had no idea this book was published in 1984 and that it would naturally only discuss computers up to the early 80s.

"Hackers" is divided into three parts:

1.True Hackers - 1946 - mid 70s.This section focuses on the early computer pioneers at MIT, such as the Tech Model Railroad Club, the Lincoln Laboratory, and experimenting with large mainframes such as the PDP-1 and TX-0.It describes in detail how they would spend hours punching in code for these computers to come up with the simplest hacks. I struggled to get through this section. It was so incredibly detailed and filled with minutiae that it took me two months and several breaks to get through the 200+ pages.Some of it was interesting, but there was just so much information I didn't need to know or care about.

2.Hardware Hackers - Mid 70s - 1980.All about the Homebrew Computer Club and the development of early personal computers, focusing on the Altair 8800, TRS-80, development of BASIC, and Stephen Wozniak's creation of the Apple and Apple II Personal Computers.This section was definitely more lively than the first, but there is still nothing that couldn't have been summed up in a 4 or 5 page magazine article or a visit to Wikipedia.

3.Game Hackers - Late 70s - 1982.This section is largely about the development of the game company Sierra On-Line, although the first few chapters spend a lot of time discussing arly game development.This section was the most interesting in the book, especially to gain some insight into the culture that existed in the gamin industry back in its development, but not as exciting as I thought it was going to be.Since the book was published in 1984, there is no mention of the incredibly popular King's Quest series that launched Sierra to the top of the industry.

The main underlying theme of this book is the "hacker ethic," characterized by open access to computers (no passwords), mistrust of authority, computers are beneficial to changing people's lives, and all information should be free.It is very heavily discussed throughout the book and it's implications on the industry and the people in it.If this were a thesis paper about the hacker ethic I would have given Mr. Levy an A+ for staying so on focus.Unfortunately, it's not a thesis paper.If you are purchasing this book for entertainment purposes, make sure you are REALLY interested in early hacker culture.I thought I was but the book was just too dry for me. Not to mention it was hard to keep up with the hundreds of people introduced in the book. On the plus side, it is exceptionally well-researched and hardly seems dated at all.Until I got to the last few chapters, I had no idea the book was over twenty years old. ... Read more


7. Starting from Scratch: One Classroom Builds Its Own Curriculum
by Steven Levy
Paperback: 224 Pages (1996-04-16)
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This book explains the step-by-step observations, thinking, and planning that enabled Levy to develop a variety of original projects with his elementary students. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Must Reading for Every Educator and Parent
When I first started writing about how to help people learn better, I wrote about a second-grade teacher who designed all of her curriculum for the year to focus on dinosaurs after she discovered that her students were crazy about the extinct reptiles. More recently, one of my doctoral candidates wrote a dissertation that described how education in Tanzania could be re-designed to help everyone learn how to start a small business. How? Instead of teaching children to count cats, they learn to count inventory. It's the same idea.

A friend who heads a prestigious business school told me that the dissertation reminded him of Steven Levy's book, Starting from Scratch, which was his favorite educational book. I immediately borrowed a copy from the Lexington, Massachusetts library and settled in for some great reading.

The book's center point describes how Mr. Levy and colleagues designed new curricula over the years to enhance learning by exposing students to things they would never learn in their environment. Like the ancient Greeks, Mr. Levy asks questions and encourages students to do the same . . . and then to find the answers. Research may include surveys, measurements, or contacting far-away experts. More than just a subject matter, students learn how to learn.

Mr. Levy's central example involves the concept of having students arrive on the first day of school in an empty classroom and then decide what to fill it with . . . and provide for themselves by raising money, making what they need, and borrowing assistance where appropriate. I loved it!

Mr. Levy is obviously a great teacher. He also displays great humility by not taking too much credit for what goes right . . . when it goes right. He describes stumbles and falls as well as close calls. I think that administrators and teachers will be inspired. Parents will be encouraged to back innovators who want to open the doors to the world for their children.

As a teacher, I learned to rely even more on encouraging students to find their own answers. It's a good reminder!

5-0 out of 5 stars So, Brian...use your frustration...
The point of this book is how classrooms can, when teachers don't start from where the students are at ("Scratch"), leave kids disengaged, bored and frustrated.

Use what he gives you to take urban kids into their lives. Okay, they are poor, maybe illiterate, possibly angry....but are they not also intelligent, curious and hungry?????

Stop complaining!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Excellent Book
An excellent and highly entertaining book.The classroom stories are wonderful: creative and humorous. I've had great success with several of Levy's ideas in my own classroom.

5-0 out of 5 stars refreshing, invigorating, one of the best books ever
Steven Levy paints a vivid picture of his magical classroom in all its glory.Wonderful stories, curriculum ideas, and a refreshing educational philosophy.This book is great reading for anyone, and a must have forteachers. ... Read more


8. Crypto Ebook: How the Code Rebels Beat the Government: Saving Privacy in the Digital Age
by Levy Steven
Hardcover: Pages (2001-12-07)

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9. Schizophrenia: Treatment of Acute Psychotic Episodes
by Steven T. Levy
 Hardcover: 223 Pages (1990-03)
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Acute psychotic episodes in schizophrenics usually require about two to six weeks hospitalization. This book offers advice on how this time may best be used. It begins with diagnosis and the role of emergency services and goes on to consider psychological evaluation and subsequent treatments. ... Read more


10. Regulation of Securities: SEC Answer Book
by Steven Mark Levy
 Ring-bound: 1198 Pages (2003-11-20)
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Regulation of Securities: SEC Answer Book, Third Edition is a practical guide to understanding and complying with the day-to-day requirements of the federal securities laws that affect all public companies.

Using a question-and-answer format similar to that which the SEC has embraced, this guide provides clear, concise and understandable answers to the most frequently asked securities compliance questions, and easy access to the principal statutes, regulations, judicial decisions, and forms. The book is an excellent core holding for any securities or corporate governance library, and is especially valuable for corporate compliance personnel, officers and directors, in-house and outside legal counsel, public accountants, large shareholders, and others requiring a practical familiarity with key SEC requirements.

This thoroughly new edition contains approximately 1200 pages, organized in 17 chapters. Annual supplements keep the book current in this rapidly evolving field. Read the highlights from the latest supplement and see how the SEC Answer Book, Third Edition can help you.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good first place to turn
SEC Answer Book is a good first place to turn for answers to most securities compliance questions.The most recent annual update adds a chapter on securities litigation and enforcement, and brings the book fully current on Sarbanes-Oxley.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very useful
One of the better securities compliance guidebooks on the market.Around 1,000 pages, fully up to date, and quite readable despite the intricate subject matter.
The book covers periodic reporting, the EDGAR system, audit committee requirements,insider reporting, short-swing trading, proxy solicitations, shareholder proposals, Rule 144, tender offer disclosures, securities fraud, and going private transactions, among other areas.In each area it starts with the big picture (including the history and rationale for each rule) and then covers the detail in an organized, methodical manner.There are hundreds of examples and compliance tips; dozens of forms; and several tables of statutes, cases, and SEC no-action letters.Very useful. ... Read more


11. Regulation of Securities: Sec Compliance and Practice
by Steven Mark Levy
 Hardcover: 736 Pages (2002-11)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Recomended
This recomended book has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and other developments, and is now in three-ring binder format to accomodate future annual supplements.The revised book is titled "Regulation of Securities: SEC Answer Book, Third Edition," published by Aspen Publishers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Useful addition for the corporate governance library
Regulation of Securities: SEC Compliance and Practice is a useful handbook on securities compliance for public companies.The Second Edition adds a new chapter on going private transactions, and seems to expand and update the previous material fairly extensively.

The book is not an academic treatise.There are no lengthy footnotes, and no theoretical discussions about what the securities laws might be or should be.Rather, the book answers real-world questions in a straightforward manner, gives contextual background, provides illustrative examples, and points you to the most relevant primary sources if further information is required.

There are 12 chapters:

1. Introduction to securities regulation (including a section on EDGAR)

2. Periodic reporting under Sections 13(a) and 15(d)

3. Reporting of beneficial ownership under Sections 13(d) and 13(g)

4. Insider reporting under Section 16(a)

5. Short-swing trading and exemptions under Section 16(b)

6. Tender offer disclosure requirements

7. Proxy solicitations under Section 14(a)

8. Securities fraud under Rule 10b-5

9. Use of electronic media

10. Selling restricted and control securities under Rule 144

11. Private resales to institutional investors under Rule 144A

12. Going private transactions under Rule 13e-3.

This is a good book to consider for any corporate governance library.

5-0 out of 5 stars Authoritative, Well-Written Guide
I would give this book high marks as a thorough but very readable guide to complying with SEC rules and regulations on a day-to-day basis for public corporations, corporate insiders and their counsel.
I actually like the question and answer format, which makes it fairly easy to find the exact information you are looking for.The index and tables are also well done. The other nice feature is that the book not only gives the rules and how to comply with them (for example, periodic reporting, Rule 144, short-swing profits, insider trading, etc.) but also the rationale behind the rules and historical background.
Overall, a good investment and a five-star rating.

5-0 out of 5 stars Authoritative, Well-Written Guide
I would give this book high marks as a thorough but very readable guide to complying with SEC rules and regulations on a day-to-day basis for public corporations, corporate insiders and their counsel.
I actually like the question and answer format, which makes it fairly easy to find the exact information you are looking for.The index and tables are also well done. The other nice feature is that the book not only gives the rules and how to comply with them (for example, periodic reporting, Rule 144, short-swing profits, insider trading, etc.) but also the rationale behind the rules and historical background.
Overall, a good investment and a five-star rating. ... Read more


12. The Perfect Thing
by Steven Levy
 Paperback: 320 Pages (2007)

Isbn: 0091910102
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13. California Economic Growth 1994
by Steven Levy
 Paperback: Pages (1994-07)
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14. The Therapeutic Alliance (Workshop Series of the American Psychoanalytic Association)
Hardcover: 137 Pages (2000-01-21)
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15. Influential Papers from the 1950s (International Journal of Psychoanalysis Key Papers Series)
by Steven T. Levy
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The first of the new IJPA Key Papers Series: Papers from the Decades. This indispensable volume is packed with classic texts that are as relevant today as they were in the 1950s, a pivotal era in psychoanalysis. They are essential reading for anyone connected to or interested in psychoanalysis. ... Read more


16. Federal Money Laundering Regulation: Banking, Corporate and Securities Compliance
by Steven Mark Levy
Ring-bound: 1107 Pages (2003-06-12)
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In the past decade, money laundering has gone from an obscure legal topic to a practice area of major prominence in federal criminal law. Under the federal sentencing guidelines, punishment for money laundering is substantially higher than for most other "white collar" offenses, including, in most cases, the underlying offense that gave rise to the money laundering charges in the first place. For example, under recent legislation, financial institutions that are found guilty of laundering money face a literal "death penalty". Also, as of October 17, 2001, the House of Representatives has passed a new money laundering bill.Given the close tie between money laundering and drug trafficking, organized crime and international terrorism, the boom in money laundering prosecutions is expected to grow, making this are of the law a rising and developing "hot" area of the law, becoming the new RICO.Federal Money Laundering Regulation: Banking, Corporate and Securities Compliance focuses on three related topics:

1. The federal money laundering statutes (18 U.S.C. §§ 1956 and 1957)2. The federal asset forfeiture statutes applicable to money laundering activities (18 U.S.C. §§ 981 and 982)3. The numerous domestic currency transaction reporting requirements as set forth in Title 31 of the U.S. Code.Federal Money Laundering Regulation: Banking, Corporate and Securities Compliance provides comprehensive legal analysis as well as practical information that the reader can use to deal with real-life, day-to-day situations. This book is the most authoritative but practical publication available on this subject area. It is written in an easy-to-read format designed to offer timely and practical analysis and discussion to attorneys, executives, business owners of all types, financial personnel, government regulators, investors and launderers who all face the issues of money laundering and asset forfeiture.For example, financial institutions can learn how to prevent inadvertent non-compliance with these pervasive laws. Attorneys can consult the book to create an effective plan of action for clients. Law enforcement agents dealing with financial crime issues and prosecutors preparing indictments can use the book as an essential reference tool.Because the subject area has expanded quickly and still rapidly evolving, Federal Money Laundering Regulation: Banking, Corporate and Securities Compliance will be updated on an annual basis. The book cites the relevant statutes and the most recent and useful cases. The organization of the book is logical and offers step-by-step guidance through each topic. Also, the book provides numerous illustrations, examples and practice pointers, based on real cases. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Leading Treatise on Anti-Money Laundering Regulation
The book contains practically everything needed to ensure anti-money laundering compliance for banks, securities firms and other financial institutions, as well as extensive coverage of money laundering crimes and forfeitures.There is also plenty of interesting background material on money laundering techniques and terrorist financing.Recomended as a "must-have" core holding for every in-house corporate and white-collar crime library.

5-0 out of 5 stars An authoritative, practical compliance guide
I would recomend Federal Money Laundering Regulation as a well-written guide to understanding and complying with U.S. laws and regulations covering money laundering and terrorist financing.

As noted in the preface, the book is a comprehensive and practical resource not only for banks and savings and loans, and their legal counsel, but also for the many other businesses that are now governed by anti-money laundering regulations, such as casinos, investment companies, securities broker-dealers, insurance companies, check cashers, travel agencies, and businesses involved with vehicle sales, real estate closings, or precious metals.

Federal Money Laundering Regulation contains 27 chapters:

1.Introduction to money laundering
2.How money is laundered
3.U.S. money laundering laws
4.Law enforcement and regulatory agencies
5.Recordkeeping requirements
6.Reporting requirements--general
7.Suspicious activity report
8.Currency transaction report
9.Currency and monetary instrument report
10. Reporting of foreign bank and financial accounts
11. Report of cash received in trade or business
12. Registration of money services businesses
13. Anti-money laundering programs for financial institutions
14. Customer identification programs
15. Due diligence for correspondent accounts and private banking
16. Information sharing among financial institutions and law enforcement
17. Money laundering crimes--general
18. Domestic money laundering transactions
19. International money laundering offenses
20. Undercover "sting" operations
21. Monetary transactions in unlawfully derived property
22. Conspiracy to commit money laundering
23. Asset forfeiture--general
24. Civil asset forfeiture
25. Criminal asset forfeiture
26. State money laundering laws
27. Worldwide efforts against money laundering

There are also dozens of sample forms, checklists, and other compliance aids.

An excellent book well worth considering. ... Read more


17. Artificial Life: A Report from the Frontier Where Computers Meet Biology
by Steven Levy
Paperback: 400 Pages (1993-07-27)
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Even as molecular biologists attempt to reproduce life in vitro, another group of scientists is creating life--or something very close to it--in silico, using computers to produce "organisms" that can move, see, feed, reproduce, and die. Photos. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Superb!!
AL is popular science writing of the first order: informative, clear, fascinating, and entertaining.My only disappointment is that it was published in 1992, and thus does not touch on developments in the field since then.I'd love to know how these have panned out, and whether scientists remain enthusiastic about the possibilities of A-Life.Judging from the textbooks on A-life that have been published since 1992, the field is alive, at least, and I can only assume it is well to boot.I'll have to hunt for bibliography elsewhere.My thanks to Levy for sending me on this hunt.AL is a book to fire the imagination.I'd give it 10 stars!

A note on the metaphysical material in AL that bears on the question of whether present iterations of 'artificial life' are, or whether future iterations may one day be, sufficiently complex that they should be considered true LIFE: throughout, Levy stresses the essential link between an (')organism(') (wet or dry) and its environment.Yet, it seems to me, in discussing the question of the LIFE-status of in-silico 'organisms', he considers the 'organisms' alone.I wonder whether this apparent preference reflects his own bias, or a bias on the part of the scientists he profiles?From the perspective of emergent behavior and the capacity to evolve, etc., AL 'creatures' self-evidently bear a striking resemblance to biological creatures.It strikes me, however, that a key consideration in the wet-life as LIFE versus dry-'life' as LIFE argument -- is that wet-life organisms express emergent behavior and evolve, etc., in environments that are, throughout, rife with other life, whereas dry-'life' 'organisms' do the same in environments that are otherwise sterile (by the standards that A-Life scientists themselves would apply).Some consideration of how environments contribute to the LIFE-status of particular (')organism(')s, and of any definition of LIFE (wet or dry) itself, seems to be of the essence.Yet another thought to pursue -- though doubtless ethologists, philosophers, and A-Life scientists have beaten me there.Proof positive that AL is a highly thought-provoking book.Read it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Beginners book
I just loved this book. It gives the novice a very good sampling of the future of Artificial Intellegence and Artificial Life. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on the discovery of machine virus'. Somewhat dated, but an extremely good read.

5-0 out of 5 stars My Review of this Book
I have read this book.

It is about artifical intelligence. If you have a computer you will know exactly what I mean. When you hook up a computer, it acts alive, and you gotta interact with it like it is artifically intelligent.

Like when I hook up the voice-recognition thing where you speake into the mikerofone, it acts like it hears you too, and does what it is told to do. Sometimes that is to write a letter, or to tell it to go onto the net.

I told my computer to go onto the net once thru the mike, and it did it, as it was spoken and said what to do.

So if you read and buy this book you will learn to do this, and hook it up yourself. The book has plans and charts to do all this stuff. When you read it, pass it onto a friend, and they may help you once they read it themselves.

I gave this book 5-stars, because it was a very good one, and I will now know how my computer is so smart. I told it what to do, and it help me with this revue to. So buy it but just one time, because a friend and other people will be able to read this for free, once you give it to them.

Engines are my hobbie, and so are electronic power supplys, so I plan to use this book for that to. I will design new ones that are faster than sound, and my computer will be smart and help me with that.

So buy this book, once, and you will like it along with all the friendly people that you knowe.That's my revuiew, but I will do anew one when a new adition of the book comes out to the press.

I do recomend that you buy this one time for the people who wanto know about how artifical intelligent computers get smarter and help you with life-things you need to do, but not all by yourselfe, but with a computer.

4-0 out of 5 stars An excellent intro to a new science
While the concept of artificial life has been around at least since humans developed self-awareness, the commensurate decline of religion and rise of the scientific method was necessary for it to become a point of real debate.However, it was not until September 1987 when the event occurred that established a-life as an academic discipline, namely a conference devoted to its study.This work uses that event as a starting point, and does a superb job of presenting nearly all perspectives, including historical.
Like its counterpart, artificial intelligence, the discipline of a-life suffers from a lack of definition. There is no agreement on what life or intelligence are.Additional disagreement arises over the following distinctive descriptions of life.

(a) Objects such as rocks can be assigned a life (intelligence) value of zero and as we moveupward to humans and beyond, the measure of life (intelligence) characteristics isdescribed by a smooth, continuous function where the first derivative never becomes very large, but is always positive.There is no clearly discernible boundary between life and non-life.

(b) Starting from the same initial position as (a), the derivative stays close to zero for some time, and then suddenly becomes unbounded, as the matter now possesses the fundamental essence of life (intelligence).That point of the vertical derivative is the boundary point between animate and inanimate objects.



Much of this book deals with cellular automata and the algorithms used to create them.Like so many new, perhaps revolutionary disciplines, the major players tend to be free spirits.Many of the people described here bounced around before finding their ecological niche in a-life.With the exception of the originators, John von Neumann and John Horton Conway, those who established the study of cellular automata as an academic discipline were academic outsiders who literally created it from nothing.The explanation of that is very well done.While most of the work has been done by computer, no previous knowledge is necessary to understand the text.
One item could have been better handled, but that is largely due to the problems with definitions.Like the workers in chaos, a-lifers tend to see what they want to see.For example, simple rules are used to create an image that either looks or acts like something known to be alive and this is used to argue that life is being created or that the rules that create life are simple.Which is an extremely weak argument.What is being created are items that human eyes interpret as looking like life, and as all psychologists know, the human brain processes images with a bias towards previous experience.The devil's advocate against is a shadow here.However, it is difficult to argue in the negative when you are aiming at a nebulous target.
Whatever your interest in a-life, you will find something of value in this book.Biologists and philosophers who teach general education courses will also find a good deal of discussion material.The hypothetical qualification has been removed form the debate, as there are now objects to argue about.

Published in Journal of Recreational Mathematics, reprinted with permission

5-0 out of 5 stars fascinating
I read this more than three years ago, before I started my undergraduate studies. I knew I was going to study computer science, but after reading this book I knew I would forever be drawn to the multidisciplinary fields of biology and computer science. From the question of the origin of life to intelligence, the book convinced me that a new approach is needed to solve these old mysteries.

It's not a masterpiece of literature, but it was interesting enough to forever change my research career. ... Read more


18. The Unicorn's Secret (Onyx)
by Steven Levy
 Paperback: 392 Pages (1990-01-02)
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Asin: 0451401662
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Originally published in 1990, The Unicorn's Secret tells the strange tale of Ira Einhorn, a counterculture bigwig who hobnobbed with the likes of Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin before police discovered the badly decomposed body of his girlfriend Holly Maddux in a trunk in his Philadelphia apartment in 1979. Although Einhorn, known to friends and enemies alike as "The Unicorn," claimed innocence in Maddux's murder, he fled the country after receiving an unusually low bail (and before being found guilty of the crime in absentia in 1983) and didn't surface again until 1997, when he was apprehended by police in France, still proclaiming his innocence. Levy spent 30 months researching the case and the Unicorn's life to write this book, which includes finely painted detail of Einhorn's rise, from his days as a would-be campus leader during the first shock waves of the '60s to his heyday as a respected ecologist, sociologist, and man-about-town in the 1970s. As Levy tracks the collision course between Einhorn and Maddux, a small-town Texas girl from a conservative home, hints of Einhorn's darker side emerge, illustrated by entries from the Unicorn's own diaries, filled with vast wellsprings of inner rage. The danger to Maddux rises palpably as the book nears its grisly conclusion, with Levy finding his own conclusions safely sealed away inside the paper remnants of Einhorn's darkly brilliant mind. --Tjames Madison ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars True Crime in the Age of Aquarius
The Ira Einhorn/ Holly Maddux murder story.This is a pretty interesting and compelling true crime because the main characters are quite interesting.Ira Einhorn could have succeeded in many professions but chose to pursue a "career" as a hippie activist involved in activities such as the first "Earth Day" event.Einhorn, a smooth talker, managed to ingratiate himself not only with the counterculture but also with numerous businessmen who saw him as a useful conduit for information on market trends and creative thought.(Isn't it nice that we have the Internet to find those nuggets now, so people don't have to rely on the likes of Einhorn and his packages of media clippings?)Holly Maddux, the victim, actually was a fairly self-sufficient woman who had traveled the world on her own and held down a physically intensive job in a Buddhist bakery.When she finally got tired of Einhorn's ego and assorted shenanigans and began a relationship with another man, Einhorn couldn't take it.Soon her body was found in a trunk in his closet and he had the gall to claim the government framed him for the murder, then jump bail and flee to Europe with the help of his rich friends. Fun fact:Einhorn's attorney at this point was none other than Arlen Specter.Although not reflected in the edition I read, Einhorn was eventually extradited (after the case was featured on shows like "America's Most Wanted" for years), tried and is now serving a life sentence.

I realize the 70s were a prime time for mistrust of the government and wacky thinking in general, but it's hard to see how people could be so naive as to buy into Einhorn's act.Indeed, some of the silly ideas set forth in the book made me want to laugh out loud though murder is hardly a humorous subject. I gave the book only four stars because it's not really clear what the "Secret" is until you get almost to the end of the book - you think it's the body in the trunk, but it's not - and also because, while you do get some sense of dynamics of Einhorn's and Holly's relationship from things like diary entries and a few friends, I really didn't get a good sense of why these people were together as long as they were.Holly could easily do a lot better for herself and it's hard to believe the portrait painted of her as somewhat insecure because it contrasts so much with her other life experiences described in the book.Did she get a kick out of being the mate of a seemingly powerful man?Did he blubber and tell her he needed her?It just wasn't really clear.I would have also liked to hear in detail from a few more of Einhorn's other women.

4-0 out of 5 stars Unicorn killer book
Most of the times the book is better than the movie but in this case I think that the movie was better. I liked the parts of the book best that discussed Holly & also her relationship with Ira. Some of the parts of the book that discussed Ira's views & beliefs did not hold my interest all that much. Ira's views and beliefs are really out there.

4-0 out of 5 stars Decent Book, The Real Story
This book has every detail you could ever want on Ira Einhorn and the murder of Holly Maddux.Given the evidence the author presents, it's difficult to see Einhorn's innocence.

But the book is fair-minded. Holly Maddux is not portrayed as a totally naive innocent. In many ways, she is shown as a selfish decadent child of the late 1960s. It's also proper to note that Holly repeatedly returned to Ira over the years, despite the objections of many caring people in her sphere.Was Ira truly manipulating her? Not according to this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars The seductiveness of Social Movements
Ira Einhorn was a child of the Age of Aquarius.He was not only a child, though, he was an instigator, planner, creator of that weird era.He became leader of a social movement and no story better illustrates the power of such media-driven movements. First of all, they have the ability to make ordinary people interpret the world in terms that differ from reality. Thus, we are subjected to daily litanies of the awful environment while the US (again) tops the UN list of nations with the cleanest water and safest food.

The other power of social movements is the manner in which all sorts of crimes are permitted for the "good of the movement".Ira was a showman who not only caught the leading fads and trends but created them. Thus he joined New Age idiocy (UFO's, ESP, conspiracies at every corner) with ecology where he was the instigator of the preposterous "Earth Day", a celebration that has now become a financially successful cottage industry. Add to that radical politics, drugs and sex and one has the recipe for a disaster. Repeatedly he outwitted politicians who attempted to cash in on the latest craze.Through sheer showmanship and continual media self-promotion he established himself as the man around town.

Around this time enter one Holly Madux, former high school cheerleader from Texas and susceptible to his many charms. Five years later she "disappears".Skip forward and her body is found in Ira's apt, he is arrested and with the help of Arlen Specter (R-PA) he is released on a $40,000 bond and skips the country.He resurfaces in Ireland only to disappear again.Finally, in 1997 he was caught in France, still proclaiming his innnocence.

Friends felt he had deserted "the Cause" though he is fondly remembered for his power as an organizer, facilitator and power broker - perhaps his true calling.His private life was, of course, much different from his public persona and apparently involved cruelty toward his lovers.In his latest interviews one almost gets the sense of entitlement for commission of a crime due to his past actions.A sad, touching, horrifying, eye-opener of a book.

3-0 out of 5 stars THE UNICORN'S SECRET:MURDER IN THE AGE OF AQUARIUS
I have no doubt that the material contained in this book is as factual as the writer portrays.I did find it difficult to keep up with the changes in time, setting and circumstances of the characters. Perhaps the writer feels that this is a way of sustaining the suspense, but I found it distracting. Overall, I was interested in this man who was recently brought back to the US to stand trial for the murder of his girlfriend. I did learn a lot about him and that is good background for what will inevitably be Court TV material soon. It might have been helpful to the reader to have a psychiatrist's view of Holly and why she did not leave Ira when she was obviouly drawn to another man. I almost gave up on this book before reading the "secret" revealed in the last chapters. Good account of Ira Einhorn who was evil before he killed Holly. ... Read more


19. The Search Party: An Inside View of How Google Thinks and Succeeds
by Steven Levy
Hardcover: 352 Pages (2011-04-12)
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Written with full cooperation from top management at Google, this is the story behind the most successful and admired technology company of our time. ... Read more


20. Corporate Financial Disclosure Answer Book
by Steven Mark Levy
 Loose Leaf: 1058 Pages (2009-10-29)
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As the laws dictating how companies must disclose financial information have increased in number and complexity, the need for clear, concise answers to disclosure-related questions has become greater than ever. Even a single misstep in this area can bring numerous, negative consequences—some of which make national headlines.

The new Corporate Financial Disclosure Answer Book is your complete guide to this complex, ever-changing subject. Organized in a handy question-and-answer format, this valuable reference is a ready source of information about key financial disclosure requirements, including the latest SEC, PCAOB, stock exchange, and FASB pronouncements on issues related to the financial crisis. Whether you’re an attorney, accountant, corporate executive, director, audit committee member, or investor, you’ll be able to quickly obtain and easily understand answers to key questions about:

  • Financial statement preparation
  • Exchange Act registration and reporting
  • Interactive data financial reporting and electronic filing
  • Management’s discussion and analysis
  • Derivatives disclosure
  • Disclosure controls and procedures
  • Internal control over financial reporting
  • Executive compensation disclosure
  • CEO and CFO certification of reports
  • Pro-forma/non-GAAP financial information
  • Audit committee responsibilities
  • Auditor independence
  • Financial restatements
  • Regulation FD fair disclosure
  • International accounting standards
  • Financial statement audits
  • PCAOB registration, inspections and enforcement
  • Stock exchange listing standards
  • And much more!

The Practical Resource That Answers Your Real-World Questions

Corporate Financial Disclosure Answer Book is designed for both beginners and seasoned professionals. Each chapter covers the basics before moving into the nuanced details, meeting the needs of those who seek a general understanding of a topic as well as those grappling directly with critical issues.

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