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If you want to deepen your study about a specific subject, I've made a selection of titles you may find interesting.
These are books which aren't available for free online, but you can check your local bookstore for them. Or, you can buy them online from Amazon.com clicking on the links.

Hacking: technical books

Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets and Solutions
A popular book that explains techniques used by hackers and crackers.

Hack Proofing your Network: Internet Tradecraft
Another book about hacking/cracking techniques.

Maximum Linux Security: A Hacker's Guide to Protecting Your Linux Server and Workstation
Linux machines serve scores of purposes on networks, but their very integration with networked environments means they're constantly exposed to attack. This book provides a comprehensive picture of Linux's strengths and weaknesses when it comes to protecting your systems from bad guys.

Investigating Computer-Related Crime A Handbook For Corporate Investigators
This book discusses the nature of cyber crime, its impact in the 21st century, its investigation, and difficulties encountered by both public law enforcement officials and private investigators. Offers a step-by-step approach to understanding and investigating security problems, technical and legal information, and computer forensic techniques, and gives advice on collecting and preserving evidence, interrogating suspects, handling crime in progress, and involving authorities. For corporate information professionals and investigators.

Digital Evidence and Computer Crime
As well as gaining a practical understanding of how computers and networks function and how they can be used as evidence of a crime, readers will learn about relevant legal issues and will be introduced to deductive criminal profiling, a systematic approach to focusing an investigation and understanding criminal motivations. CD-ROM included.

The New Hacker's Dictionary
The paper ("tree-killer") ported version of the Jargon File, "a comprehensive compendium of hacker slang illuminating many aspects of hackish tradition, folklore, and humor".

Hacker's Black Book (available in English or in German, non Amazon)
Hacking techniques for the masses.

Hacking: stories and essays

Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution
A great text about the early hacking scene (1950-80s). Sadly out of print, now. I suggest you to check your local bookstore, you might find an old copy there.

The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier
The history of the infamous Hacker Crackdown of 1990.

Hackers: Crime in the Digital Sublime
Using material taken from interviews with a wide range of interested parties such as computer scientists, security experts and hackers themselves, Paul Taylor provides a revealing and richly sourced account of the debates that surround the hacking scene.

The novel from the movie (directed by Iain Softley, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie, year 1995; DVD, VHS). Not realistic, but a classic.

The Fugitive Game: Online With Kevin Mitnick
The hunt for Kevin Mitnick, the most known imprisoned hacker.

The Watchman: The Twisted Life and Crimes of Serial Hacker Kevin Poulsen
The story of Kevin Poulsen, the hacker and phreaker who became the first computer criminal in America to be charged with espionage. The weird chaotic story begins with Kevin's childhood love of telephones and leads through tales of hacking, break-ins, celebrity stalking, and so much more. The exploits are mind-boggling, the characters wild and beyond eccentric, and the storytelling is frenetic.

Masters of Deception: The Gang That Ruled Cyberspace
A look into the lives and exploits of several experts in the black arts of breaking into secure computer networks. Part thriller, part history, this book describes the rise and fall of a couple of hacker cliques--the Legion of Doom (LOD) and the Masters of Deception (MOD).


SAMS' "Teach Yourself", Que's "By Example", and BPB's "No experience required" and "Mastering" (this one especially helpful for both beginners and advanced users) series are a good source for people who wants to learn. I don't recommend Comdex's "...for dummies" series because basically treats you like a dummy without being actually very useful.

"Offline" Programming
Sams Teach Yourself C++ in 21 Days (Teach Yourself series)

Sams Teach Yourself C for Linux Programming in 21 Days (Teach Yourself series)

Running MS-DOS
Good guide to understand and use MS-DOS.

Assembly Language Step-by-step: Programming with DOS and Linux (with CD-ROM)
A book/CD-ROM guide for programmers. Begins with an overview of the internal operations of the Intel-based PC, then covers all steps involved in writing, testing, and debugging assembly programs. Presents working example programs for both the DOS and Linux operating systems using the popular free assembler NASM. Includes information on assembly-level coding for Linux. The CD-ROM contains NASM, NASM- IDE, ALINK, and code examples.

Programming Windows 95 (Microsoft Programming series)
This is one of the few must-have books for anyone who wants to write applications for Windows 95.

Windows 98 Developer's Handbook
A thorough reference and guide, this title is for C and C++ programmers who need to learn more about Windows 98's new DLLs and APIs, and who want to develop professional applications. The CD-ROM includes all of the sample code used in the book, plus scores of third-party add-ons, utilities, and commercial demonstration applications.

Windows 98 Developer's Handbook
A thorough reference and guide, this title is for C and C++ programmers who need to learn more about Windows 98's new DLLs and APIs, and who want to develop professional applications. The CD-ROM includes all of the sample code used in the book, plus scores of third-party add-ons, utilities, and commercial demonstration applications.

"Online" Programming
HTML 4 for the World Wide Web Visual Quickstart Guide

Mastering JavaScript and JScript (Mastering series)

PHP 4 Bible


Perl 5 by Example (By Example series)

Sams Teach Yourself CGI in 24 Hours


The Code-breakers: The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the Internet
"Few false ideas have more firmly gripped the minds of so many intelligent men than the one that, if they just tried, they could invent a cipher that no one could break," writes David Kahn in this massive (almost 1,200 pages) volume. Most of The Codebreakers focuses on the 20th century, especially World War II. But its reach is long. Kahn traces cryptology's origins to the advent of writing. It seems that as soon as people learned how to record their thoughts, they tried to figure out ways of keeping them hidden. Kahn covers everything from the theory of ciphering to the search for "messages" from outer space. He concludes with a few thoughts about encryption on the Internet.

Cryptanalysis: a Study of Ciphers and Their Solutions
An instructional manual for classical ciphers.

Decrypted Secrets: Methods and Maxims of Cryptology
This book makes a good technical companion to Kahn's historic treatment in 'The Code-Breakers'. It covers the technology up through the advent of computers.

Codes, Ciphers and Other Cryptic and Clandestine Communication: 400 Ways to Send Secret Messages from Hieroglyphs to the Internet
Every type of coded communication is covered from transpositions, substitutions and polygraphic ciphers to signals, stenography and ancient symbols. In special chapters, code and cipher breaking hints and puzzles explain how to make your own secret messages and how to break other people's.

Disappearing Cryptography: Being and Nothingness on the Net
A book about steganography: this book describes how data can be hidden in the background noise of pictures, sound recording, or even bad poetry and reveals how to encrypt information within both text and images.

The Puzzle Palace: A Report on America's Most Secret Agency
An accurate detailed textbook on the NSA (National Security Agency).

Codebreakers: The Inside Story of Bletchley Park
Familiar to anyone versed in the history of World War II or interested in the study of modern intelligence work, Bletchley Park was arguably the most successful intelligence operation in world history, the top secret workplace of the remarkable people who cracked Germany's vaunted Enigma Code. This set of 27 personal narratives by British code breakers who served at the famous Bletchley Park center during World War II does not require much background on cryptography or even much interest in the subject. It offers the human side of an operation more secret than and just as critical to Allied victory as anything in the war except the Manhattan Project (Atomic Bomb).

Combined Fleet Decoded: The Secret History of American Intelligence and the Japanese Navy in World War II
The most authoritative and revealing examination yet of the way intelligence --of all kinds-- was instrumental in defeating Japan. The author gives a new picture of the war in the Pacific, one which will challenge many previous conceptions about that conflict, and one which will be irresistible to those readers who find histories of that period fascinating.

Break the Code: Cryptography for Beginners
An illustrated guide to cryptography for kids.

How to Write and Decode Secret Messages (Codemaster, N. 1)
Another guide to cryptography for kids.


Sams Teach Yourself CorelDraw 9 in 24 Hours

CorelDraw 10: The Official Guide
CD-ROM included.

3D Studio Max 4 Bible

Mastering 3D Studio Max 4 (Mastering series)

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