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The Oxford Anthology of English Poetry: Volume I: Spenser to Crabbe
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
Jules Verne, Anthony Bonner
Lord Jim
Joseph Conrad
Aesop's Fables
Aesop, Laura Gibbs
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
Yosemite and the High Sierra
Ansel Adams, John Szarkowski, Andrea G. Stillman
Transcendent
Stephen Baxter
The Official Highway Code
Department for Transport, Driving Standards Agency
The Ode Less Travelled: Unlocking the Poet Within
Stephen Fry
The Nation's Favourite: Poems
Griff Rhys Jones
Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition, and Still Can't Get a Date - Robert X. Cringely This is a book which most people, even those pursuing Information Technology careers, will never read. I consider it indispensable in my constant quest for greater insight into PCs, programming, and the technology business in general. I can only pray or hope that today's and future generations will be interested enough in the history of technology to stop tweeting, txting, or killing each other in the latest fps (or whatever other fad happens to be current), and gain some insight by reading something like this book. Maybe even show a tiny bit of gratitude and humility for the hard work and invention that these early pioneers put in. While one book can't cover everything, Robert C. Cringeley writes with the benefit of technological expertise and a clear view of the industry from the inside, and should be required reading for anyone in tech today (and increasingly, just anyone full stop). OK, perhaps I wouldn't want the Call of Duty brigade, YouTube comment writers or the tsunami of teenage twitterers to gain insight they may misuse, but all those who claim to be serious minded, or who tread a political path, should attempt to study this world-changing phenomenon that envelops all of us.