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October 24, 2008
Schneier on Security Book Review
Posted on October 24, 2008 at 12:59 PM
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The cover is horrible, Bruce...
Second that. The cover doesn't need to be something inspired by 1940's Soviet Propaganda. ;-)
That said, tell us: what's good inside? What's your spiel?
Bruce, next time your background should have an orange tint, not as an homage to the Tom Ridge Memorial Terror Colour Code System, but due to the fact orange covers tend to sell better than any other colour save black.
I had to get out of the security industry because I wanted to be a rock star. :-(
OK, am I the only one who LIKES the cover? I don't even know why. But for some reason I think the IT director at Wendy's will actually buy the book and READ it ... partially because of this cover.
I could not help but notice your photo as used in the UKs Gaurdian Newspaper is very similar to that on the book...
The most notable difference being that the shirt is pink in the Gaurdian photo.
Now a thought passed through my neurons, both you and I are of an age where we remember certain "home computing" books. One of these tombes was known to the 1980's proto hackers as the "pink shirt book"....
So is it the same photo that has been photoshoped, or have you dicided the "Chuck Norris" pose is good for business?
I'm sure the readers want to know ;)
On a more serious note do you know when it will hit the bookshop shelves in the UK?
Oh and back to the less serious which London squid eaterie will you be signing it in?
CANNON BEACH, Ore. -- Hundreds of Humboldt squid that apparently ventured too far north in search of food have washed up on northern Oregon beaches in a rare die-off.
Bernie: thanks, I was out at the time.
Is it just me, or does Bruce's cover remind anyone of a Richard Marcinko novel. "Rogue Warrior" maybe?
A wisp of brown hair
Posed stalwart against terror
I preordered it.
My verdict: it's good. I've read most of it before... you know, here on Bruce's blog... but it's nice to have all the greatest hits all in one place.
The cover photo does spook people and cause small children to burst into tears. But then, genius is always misunderstood in its own time.
I hate to say it but the cover looks like it should have the title "The art of Hypnosis: unlock your mental powers".
With the red background it is hard to say whether it is an attempt to attract the vampires or communists.
Maybe "The hunt for Red November", or "Interview with a security professional".
OK, now I have got that out of my system, the content:
There is a lot of information which the general public either do not get , or do not understand.
A book of this type offers a view from the sometimes-silent, sometimes-silenced and mostly-sane minority.
Establishing balance to a sometimes-extreme view which is propagated by the media and policy-makers is IMHO a public service.
Hopefully the book will help reach a wider audience.
(seriously though, - the cover does not do it justice)
FYI: The author of a book does not get to pick the cover. The title of a book is also in the publisher's hands. And sometimes the publisher will decide that the author should be published under a different name.
A comment on the cover: Bruce 'with a smile' will make this book more 'approachable'.
No doubts about the content though.
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