Book Recommendation: The Best of 2600: A Hacker Odyssey

posted by @ 22:42 PM
September 20, 2008


For those of you who have been in the hacking/phreaking scene for a while now, must be aware of 2600 magazine.  For those of who are unfamiliar with it can read some background about them here.

Well 2600 editor in chief Emmanuel Goldstein has recently released a book called The Best of 2600: A Hacker Odyssey.  The 888 page book merges some of the best hacking/phreaking/security articles, guides and stories the community has ever seen.  I just got my copy and can’t put it down.  I’ve been reading the magazine since 1994, and the book offers all the valuable information I’ve missed since the magazines debut in 1984.  24 years of some of the most revolutionary hacks the world has seen, definitely makes for an interesting read.  Now a day’s you can pick up the magazine at most book stores.  I remember in the mid 90’s having to search all over to find a store that actually carried the little 8 x 5 quarterly book.  For the tech enthusiast, this is a must have.


Here is the book’s product page from If you buy from them you get 13 bucks off the sticker price.


Here is amazon’s description for the book


Since 1984, the quarterly magazine 2600 has provided fascinating articles for readers who are curious about technology. Find the best of the magazine’s writing in Best of 2600: A Hacker Odyssey, a collection of the strongest, most interesting, and often most controversial articles covering 24 years of changes in technology, all from a hacker’s perspective. Included are stories about the creation of the infamous tone dialer “red box” that allowed hackers to make free phone calls from payphones, the founding of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the insecurity of modern locks.

24 years of enduring exploits, creative controversy, and hackers who made historyIt’s colorful, controversial, cutting-edge — and you can’t wait to read the next issue. Since its birth in 1984, 2600: The Hacker Quarterly has published the discoveries and adventures of hackers worldwide. Now you can enjoy the best of them all in this entertaining, provocative collection. From the first curious and intrepid souls who discovered they could outwit Ma Bell to those who’ve hacked the Department of Defense and, they’re all here, telling their stories in their own words.

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