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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Discover the low-tech threats to high-tech security with the world's most infamous hacker in The Art of Deception. Kevin Mitnick shares his insider's view on the human factors involved in information security, revealing why firewalls and encryption protocols aren't enough to stop a determined grifter. Mitnick narrates true stories of successful attacks to illustrate how vulnerable even the most locked-down information systems are. Learn how to prevent social engineering hacks through Mitnick's advice on security protocols, training programs, and manuals.
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
I am LOVING this book of bleak civil defence and cold war porn from @tarasyoung – source
This insightful and thought-provoking analysis examines the reasons behind the failure of state-planning efforts around the world, from Russia to Tanzania. Drawing on a range of case studies, the author uncovers the common conditions that lead to disasters in social and environmental engineering projects. Praised as a "tour de force" by Columbia University's Charles Tilly, this is a beautifully written book that provides a sharp understanding of the world we inhabit today.
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
Learn how to build secure systems in today's constantly evolving online criminal economy with "Security Engineering" by Ross Anderson. This updated guide covers technical engineering basics, specialized protection mechanisms, security psychology, policy, and more to help you build dependable systems that can withstand errors and malicious attacks. Discover critical insights from an industry expert and stay ahead of cybercriminals.
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
This book explores the myths and risks of Brexit, discussing how Britain's departure from the EU could harm the country's power, legal system, and citizens' standard of living. The author, Ian Dunt, provides insights from trade and legal experts to explain why leaving the largest trading bloc in the world will weaken Britain and negatively impact key industries, such as finance and pharma. This revised and best-selling book offers a searching exploration of Brexit, free from the wishful thinking of supporters in the media and Parliament. Highly recommended for anyone seeking a digestible and factual guide, regardless of their position during the referendum.
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
Explore the world of art through John Berger’s groundbreaking book, Ways of Seeing. Originally based on a BBC television series, Berger examines how we look at paintings and changes the way readers evaluate art. As the winner of the 1972 Booker Prize, Berger’s influential book is a must-read for anyone interested in cultural studies and art criticism. Discover the liberating power of images and gain a new perspective on the world of art with Ways of Seeing.
@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
Discover how to survive and resist America's potential slide into authoritarianism. From a historian of fascism, Twenty Lessons draws from the darkest hours of the twentieth century to provide hope for the twenty-first. With invaluable ideas for preserving our freedoms, this guide to resistance is a call to arms for uncertain years to come.
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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This book features an honest and insightful dialogue between Sam Harris and Maajid Nawaz on the topic of Islam's role in our modern world. Harris and Nawaz provide an antidote to polarizing rhetoric by discussing whether Islam is dangerous and irredeemable, or amenable to reform and able to find its place in a secular world. Through their sharp insights and courteous attention, Harris and Nawaz present an inspiring example of how opposing viewpoints can find common ground. This book challenges readers to defend incompatible positions and to engage in meaningful dialogue in pursuit of understanding.
@drmc08 @RufusHound dunno, recently enjoyed the maajid nawaz vs sam harris book, and keith johnson on religion and magic. – source