Like Patrick Collision, I enjoy browsing others' bookshelves. I find perusing one's personal library to be a serene experience and prefer it to spoken reviews of the owner.
Yet, below is a selection of my most prized books. The ones not I only enjoyed from start to finish but also feel comfortable recommending to a wide gamut of readers.
- The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation
- UNIX: A History and a Memoir
- The Soul of A New Machine
- Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet
- Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed
- Common Errors in English Usage
- Bugs in Writing
- The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition
- On Writing Well