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Ben Goldacre MBE is a British physician, academic and science writer. As of March 2015, he is a senior clinical research fellow at the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, part of the University of Oxford's Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.
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The Art of Deception
Controlling the Human Element of Security
by Kevin D. Mitnick (Oct 17, 2003)
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The world's most infamous hacker offers an insider's view of the low-tech threats to high-tech security Kevin Mitnick's exploits as a cyber-desperado and fugitive form one of the most exhaustive FBI manhunts in history and have spawned dozens of articles, books, films, and documentaries. Since his release from federal prison, in 1998, Mitnick has t...
Ben Goldacre
Jul 16, 2020
Oh wow Twitter say this huge hack was done through a coordinated social engineering attack. Hugely recommend Kevin Mitnick's book on this: The Art of Deception. Also a great example of (openly disclosed) ghost writing making a technical topic very readable     source
Seeing Like a State
How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed (Veritas Paperbacks)
by James C. Scott (Mar 17, 2020)
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One of the most profound and illuminating studies of this century to have been published in recent decades.John Gray, New York Times Book Review   Hailed as a magisterial critique of top-down social planning by the New York Times, this essential work analyzes disasters from Russia to Tanzania to uncover why states so often failsometimes catastrophi...
Ben Goldacre
Sep 06, 2019
I return to this book "Seeing Like A State" so often. It's about the barriers you hit when you try to fit a complex messy world into neat categorical boxes for data analysis, and the dizzying political history of that project. Highly, hugely recommended for all data nerds.     source
Security Engineering 2nd
by Ross J Anderson (Apr 07, 2008)
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The world has changed radically since the first edition of this book was published in 2001. Spammers, virus writers, phishermen, money launderers, and spies now trade busily with each other in a lively online criminal economy and as they specialize, they get better. In this indispensable, fully updated guide, Ross Anderson reveals how to build syst...
Ben Goldacre
Apr 27, 2019
Yup. I loved Security Engineering by @rossjanderson, the first third could be a pop science classic, but the whole book weighs about fifteen kilos. (I strongly disagree with him on re-use of medical data btw, is a matter of proportionality)     source
What the Hell Happens Now?
by Ian Dunt (Feb 19, 2019)
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Britain's departure from the European Union is riddled with myth and misinformation -- yet the risks are very real.Brexit could diminish the UK's power, throw its legal system into turmoil, and lower the standard of living of 65m citizens.In this revised bestseller, Ian Dunt explains why leaving the world's largest trading bloc will leave Britain p...
Ben Goldacre
Aug 23, 2018
Best book this year. A magnificent explainer in the tradition of the best pop science. Short, clear, explains the technical reality of how the world of trade etc actually works, and how Brexit fantasists have misrepresented / misunderstood it. Awesome.     source
Ways of Seeing
Based on the BBC Television Series (Penguin Books for Art)
by John Berger (Nov 30, 1990)
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John Bergers Classic Text on ArtJohn Berger's Ways of Seeing is one of the most stimulating and the most influential books on art in any language. First published in 1972, it was based on the BBC television series about which the (London) Sunday Times critic commented: "This is an eye-opener in more ways than one: by concentrating on how we look at...
Ben Goldacre
Aug 08, 2018
@Bookmarks_books @OwenJones84 ...NEXT.. John Berger's "Ways Of Seeing" is a life changer, a brain changer. And the book was vastly better than the TV series, because you could take your time. Similarly, an anthology of his shorter pieces, to dip in and out of, is a joy. NEXT...     source
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On Tyranny
Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
by Timothy Snyder (Feb 28, 2017)
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A historian of fascism offers a guide for surviving and resisting Americas turn towards authoritarianism.On November 9th, millions of Americans woke up to the impossible: the election of Donald Trump as president. Against all predictions, one of the most-disliked presidential candidates in history had swept the electoral college, elevating a man wi...
Ben Goldacre
Jul 19, 2018
If you're feeling overwhelmed by the rise of fascism and idiocy I found this really helpful And importantly also: short. About to try Snyder's new long book, if anyone's read it?     source
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Islam & The Future Of Tolerance
by Sam Harris (Oct 28, 2015)
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In this deeply informed and absorbing exchange, Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz present an antidote to the polarizing rhetoric and obscurantism that have become defining features of our time: honest dialogue. A renowned critic of religion, Harris finds the doctrines of Islam dangerous and irredeemable. No, the Muslim anti-extremist Nawaz argues, Islam ...
Ben Goldacre
Mar 23, 2017
@drmc08 @RufusHound dunno, recently enjoyed the maajid nawaz vs sam harris book, and keith johnson on religion and magic.     source