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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential COM
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Box
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Become COM Lord because COM is Bomb with Box

I found this book to be very informative. If you have a good knowledge of C++, this book will dive you right in to the innerworkings of COM.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Art of Intrusion : The Real Stories Behind the Exploits of Hackers, Intruders & Deceivers
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Kevin D. Mitnick, William L. Simon
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Entertaining and educational read...

Mitnick and Simon present a series of thoroughly researched accounts of both notorious and previously untold stories of malicious and criminal hacks from the viewpoint of the attackers themselves. This unique format and the unprecedented access granted by the attackers provides readers with incredible insight into the motives, tactics, and techniques employed by cyber adversaries. Mitnick's personal experiences ranging from his own imprisonment to his career as a security consultant allow him to provide compelling commentary on the thoughts and actions of both the attackers and the attacked. The result is a book that is thoroughly entertaining for all, and a valuable tool for anyone working in the information security field.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cisco Cookbook
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Kevin Dooley, Ian J. Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very good How-To

I always thought nobody can do justice other than Cisco Press when it comes to Cisco books. I was absolutely wrong!.
Just my 2 cents worth of comments to a previous reviewer saying "no backgound problem information is given". My answer is: There is a reason why they are saying it is a "CookBook". Whenever you are stressed for answers, this book will save you and give a quick solution and enough theory so you can implement what you want to. For theory there are plenty of books in the market and I don't think that approach would have added any value to the book other than size :-) I recommend this title to any cisco professional without a doubt.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mind Hacks (Hacks)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Tom Stafford, Matt Webb
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Not a hacks book, interesting though

This isn't really a hacks book per se. It's a set of 100 small vignettes on the brain and on neuroscience. I found surprisingly little on how to change the behavior of your brain. Or practical ways to focus your attention, to become smarter or faster. That's what I was hoping to see. Though what I see instead is interesting all on it's own.

If you are interested in neuroscience, or the function of the brain. And little games of tweaking your perception that you probably learned in Psych 101 and hen forgot. You will probably like this book.

Though I should also mention On Intelligence (0805074562) from Times Books. That book explains the nature and function of intelligence as a coherent story, and doesn't suffer from being shoeboxed into a Hacks series form like this book does.