Our Reading List
Several of you asked us to list the books we read from when we lead
discussions. These are the ones we've used in class, plus a few of our
favorites. Tom chose some, and Matt chose the rest. In any case, we both
- Saul Alinsky, Reveille for Radicals, Vintage Books
The classic analysis of organization for social improvement. Many of the
techniques Alinsky discusses can be adapted to attacking systems--or
- Saul Alinsky, Rules for Radicals, Vintage Books
How the Have-Nots can organize to change society. Like Alinsky's other
book, the rules are applicable to computer security.
- James Bamford, The Puzzle Palace, Viking Press
A book on the history of the NSA.
- Alfred Bester, The Demolished Man, Vintage Books
The struggle between the killer Ben Reich, the 24th century's richest
man, and Lincoln Powell, the police prefect with ESP, is like a
cat-and-mouse game between an attacker and computer security folks. This
classic science fiction book won the first Hugo for Best Novel.
- John Brunner, The Shockwave Rider, Ballantine Books
A science fiction novel about a future in which data about everyone is
stored in a ubiquitous information network. Many of the terms used with
malicious logic, such as virus, were first used here.
- James Burton, The Pentagon Wars, United States Naval
A study of how a group of reformers tried to test and improve some
weaponry, and what happened. A wonderful and eye-opening description of
- Dorothy Denning, Information Warfare and Security,
Addison-Wesley Publishing Company
Good background on issues we discussed in class, nice presentation.
Mentions some Matt Bishop guy.
- Simson Garfinkel, Eugene Spafford, Practical UNIX and Internet
Security, O'Reilly and Associates
An excellent book on UNIX security.
- Jean Guisnel, Cyberwars: Espionage on the Internet, Plenum
Written by a Frenchman, so an interesting non-US perspective.
- Charlie Kaufman, Radia Perlman, Mike Speciner, Network Security:
Private Communications in a Public World, Prentice-Hall Publishing
Excellent examples of DES and I think probably the most readable
textbook I've found on the subject, without skimping too terribly much
on details. I like their treatment of the subject matter a lot.
- Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince, Penguin Books
Its study of rulers applies not only to princes, but also to
organizations and environments in general.
- Eric Frank Russell, Wasp, Tor Books
A science fiction novel in which a lone agent is dropped on an enemy
planet. His job: cause chaos.
- Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon, Avon Books
Good discussion of World War II cryptography, and real world/wartime
issues involving security of communications, etc. Great mathematical
- Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash, Spectra Books
Okay, this one's more marginally computer security related, but it has a
virtual reality interface figuring prominently into the plot, and deals
with issues of networking through metaphor.
- Sun Tzu, The Art of War, Delta
A classic text on warfare, many of its principles can be translated into
- Vernor Vinge, Fire Upon the Deep, Tor Books
Superb science fiction book with computer security applications.
- Vernor Vinge, True Names, Tor Books
First real cyberpunk book; Gibson got credit for this sort of work.
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