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Book Review: Computer Security Handbook, nth Edition

March 8th, 2009

I see they’ve somehow come out with an even bigger, two-volume edition of the Computer Security Handbook, by Seymour Bosworth, M.E. Kabay, and a crapload of other authors.  I haven’t had a chance to actually read the new edition.  If someone sent me a review copy for some reason, I would probably not open it.

See, I did get to know the previous edition (#4 in the series).  It was used as the textbook for one of my classes.  I traded about a hundred dollars for it, thinking, “Hot dog!  There must be all sorts of cool things to learn in here!”  Well, after finishing that class, let me sum up my review of that book in three easy steps:

1) It’s garbage.

2) One of the chapters begins with a dictionary definition of its topic.  Yeah, I can remember times I opened an essay with a dictionary definition.  In third grade.

3) I have found a way to slowly get my money’s worth out of the book.  I believe I’m putting it to the best possible use this way, although kindling for a campfire is a close second.  Check it out:

This book is GREAT! as a monitor stand.

This book is GREAT! as a monitor stand.

Yep.  As far as this book goes, my recommendations are  “get something else,” or if it’s too late, “put something on top of it.”

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