What are the best books about hacking?

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    #1Black Hat Python

    Black Hat Python
    Black Hat Python: Python Programming for Hackers and Pentesters is a nonfiction computer science programming book written by Justin Seitz. With over 600 pages, this book was published in 2014 by No Starch Press. 
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    Cynthia Morrison
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This book is good for somewhat basic and beginner hacking, it is slightly outdated for the release of newer versions of python. I think that it would have been more helpful if there were more resources provided or the author explained how things could be tweaked for newer versions."
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    #2Hacking the Xbox

    Hacking the Xbox

    Hacking the Xbox: An Introduction to Reverse Engineering is a nonfiction computer science technology book about hackers and hacking written by Andrew Huang. Published in 2003 by No Starch Press.

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    Helen Gonzalez
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This book provides a hands-on guide to hacking begins with step by step instructions on hardware modifications that teach basic hacking techniques to use. A must for the nerd in you."
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    #3Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution

    Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution
    This classic from the beginning of the computer and internet era by Steven Levy, traces and tells us the story of the first and original hackers from the last 50's to the early 80's. People like Jobs, Wozniak, Gates pushed the world into a new revolution, maybe the last technological one.

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    Kevin Bowman
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This book is based on hacking. If you are looking to learn hacking, you wont really learn from this book. It's more of a story about hackers then how the process works."
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    #4Masters of Deception

    Masters of Deception
    Masters of Deception: The Gang That Ruled Cyberspace is a nonfiction computer science crime technology book written by Michelle Slatalla and Joshua Quittner. Published in 1995 by Harper Perennial.
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    Cecilia Monroy
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "A really entertaining book about when hacking was really hacking and just finding someone's Facebook page still open and posting stupid stuff (I swear, if I see one more "x left their Facebook open so I hacked them" on my FB feed I'm going to scream.) It reads like some sort of comic book drama where teenagers are the heros (or villians) and everything is always in crisis. I loved it :) There are drier, less dramatics books out there, but if you are looking for the story of hacking rather than the history, this is a great option."
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    #5Metasploit Toolkit for Penetration Testing

    Metasploit Toolkit for Penetration Testing
    Metasploit Toolkit for Penetration Testing, Exploit Development, and Vulnerability Research is a nonfiction computer science technology book about hackers and hacking written by David Maynor. Published in 2007 by Syngress.
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    Amber Perry
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is a very good and useful read. More in depth than what you'll typically find, it's an eye opening and informative book about hacking and vulnerabilities."
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    #6Hacking: The Art of Exploitation

    Hacking: The Art of Exploitation

    Hacking: The Art of Exploitation is a nonfiction computer science technology book about hackers and hacking written by Jon Erickson. With over 200 pages, this book is published in 2004 by No Starch Press.

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    Cynthia Reed
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Hacking: The Art of Exploitation is a nonfiction computer science technology book about hackers and hacking. It's a great choice for anyone looking to learn more about hacking."
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    #7The Hacker Crackdown

    The Hacker Crackdown

    The Hacker Crackdown: Law And Disorder On The Electronic Frontier is a nonfiction computer science technology book about hackers and hacking written by Bruce Sterling. Published in 1993 by Bantam.

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    Carl Porter
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "The Hacker Countdown is a book bout Hackers from 1993. The technology references at this point are pretty laughable and the culture has moved on pretty far, but it serves as a historical guide to where we came from."
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    #8Underground: Tales of Hacking

    Underground: Tales of Hacking

    Underground: Tales of Hacking, Madness, and Obsession on the Electronic Frontier is a nonfiction computer science technology book about hackers and hacking written by Suelette Dreyfus and Julian Assange.

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    Frank Beck
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "Underground: Tales of Hacking might be the best book about hacking I've ever read! I really appreciated that it was nonfiction as that is so much more interesting to me. The writing was exceptional and I found the world fascinating. A must read!"
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    #9The Soul of A New Machine

    The Soul of A New Machine
    The Soul of A New Machine by Tracy Kidder tells us the story of a company to bring to the market a new microcomputer. This classic book from 1981 shows, with the enough perspective to compare now and then, in the technology and computer business world.


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    Henry Mason
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This book, which concerns an innovative but sort of obscure company and their fight to bring a new tech product to market, is not necessarily about hacking, I would have to say. In the past, hacking was more associated with innovation and creativity than harming and defrauding others, as it is nowadays, so I suppose parts of the book might be about hacking in terms of what it used to mean. However, I have read some books on hacking that I consider to be interesting, and I think that they were so compelling because they mixed unconventional social engineering with the thrill of obtaining a novel or unexpected outcome, in a way. This book is a bit too technical to achieve those goals, I thought. It is not bad, but I do not particularly consider it to be about hacking, considering all but the loosest definition of the word."
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    #10Think Python: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist

    Think Python: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist
    An introduction to Python programming for beginners. It starts with basic concepts of programming and is carefully designed to define all terms when they are first used and to develop each new concept in a logical progression
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    Sharon Jensen
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Think Python: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist is a great beginners introduction to programming. It introduced me to Python with step by step instructions on basic programming concepts. I felt like I accomplished something and learned from this text. But I didn’t learn anything about hacking from it. Some basic security concepts but nothing substantive on hacking."

Summary

Best What are the best books about hacking
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Black Hat PythonBooks 37 Paid
2Hacking the XboxBooks 24 Paid
3Hackers: Heroes of the Computer RevolutionBooks 16 Paid
4Masters of DeceptionBooks 14 Paid
5Metasploit Toolkit for Penetration TestingBooks 11 Paid
6Hacking: The Art of ExploitationBooks 9 Paid
7The Hacker CrackdownBooks 7 Paid
8Underground: Tales of HackingBooks 5 Paid
9The Soul of A New MachineBooks 3 Paid
10Think Python: How to Think Like a Computer ScientistBooks 1 Paid
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