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September 2003
Copernicus Books
296 Pages

Hardcover
ISBN: 0-387-02620-7
$25.00

Paperback
ISBN: 1-475-78119-9
$25.00

Praise for Beyond Fear

“Schneier is a rare creature... Although he made his name as an alpha geek in cryptography... [he] can also speak to laypeople about the general security matters that increasingly touch all of our lives.”

—Business Week

“The questions in this book are not Left, or Right--they are important. Schneier avoids the politics to get to a truth. This extraordinarily clear and powerful analysis by the leading thinker in security of our time gives everyone--from policymakers to citizens--a way of understanding, and resolving, one of the most important issues facing society today.”

—Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law School

“Once again Schneier proves that he is the one of few people who indeed understands security, and what is more important and more difficult, can explain complex concepts to people not specializing in security. Whatever your trade and whatever your background, go ahead and read it ...”

—itsecurity.com

“With a combination of funny yet pointed anecdotes, clear statistics and the occasional Harry Potter reference, Schneier uses his talent for cogent, rational explanation to show how people can think about security in the modern world, instead of simply panicking at every ominous news report.”

—slashdot.org

“What are we getting in exchange for the liberties that the authorities have taken away from us in the name of security? This is possibly the most important question of this decade, and that makes Schneier's book one of the most important texts of the decade. This should be required reading for every American....”

—boingboing.net

Beyond Fear is a tour de force, stuffed with more ideas than I have room to talk about here. It is a timely contribution to our national debate.”

—News & Observer

“Bruce Schneier has a machine that enables him to turn out good books with amazing regularly. Applied Cryptography (now in a second edition) and Secrets & Lies have been reviewed by me previously. Bruce's Beyond Fear is, quite simply, in a class by itself. This is not 'merely' a book about computer security, it's a book about just how ineffective those waits in airports are. It's about why ID cards will be absurd encumbrances and why ID checks are just worthless. Beyond Fear is a must by and a must read. If only there were a way to get someone like Tom Ridge and W to read it.”

—;login:

“Once again Schneier proves that he is the one of few people who indeed understands security, and what is more important and more difficult, that he can explain complex security concepts to people not specializing in security. Whatever your trade and whatever your background, go ahead and read it because security affects your life.”

—itsecurity.com

“With a combination of funny yet pointed anecdotes, clear statistics and the occasional Harry Potter reference, Schneier uses his talent for cogent, rational explanation to show how people can think about security in the modern world, instead of simply panicking at every ominous news report.”

—slashdot.org

“Bruce Schneier is one of the world's best known and most pragmatic security experts. He is also a man of considerable breadth of knowledge... What Schneier could have chosen to do in this book was to create a treatise for experts. He has the expertise to do it, is eminently qualified to do so, and would be taken seriously if he did. Instead, he has chosen to cater to the masses and written what is, in my opinion, the best primer on security....”

—Sydney Morning Herald, Australia

“...one of the U.S.'s premiere security experts... 'homeland security' will continue to be a major political lever used to introduce more government control and oversight into our lives... perhaps Bruce's new book will at least inject some common sense into the discussion.”

—Aldoblog

“The big frustration for security professionals is that most people--including those making security decisions at all levels of our society--simply don't get it.... Bruce Schneier gets it, and this shows clearly in his new book. If you could only read one book about security, the book you should read is Beyond Fear.”

—The Business and Security e-Journal

“In his new book ... Schneier--one of the world's leading authorities on security trade-offs--completes the metamorphosis from cryptographer to pragmatist...”

—InfoWorld

“ Schneier has utterly demystified the idea of security with a text aimed squarely at nontechnical individuals. He takes his legendary skill at applying common sense and lucidity to information-security problems and applies it to all the bogeymen of the post-9/11 world, and asks the vital question: What are we getting in exchange for the liberties that the Ashcroftian authorities have taken away from us in the name of security? This is possibly the most important question of this decade, and that makes Schneier's book one of the most important texts of the decade. This should be required reading for every American...

—boingboing.net

“From terrorism to computer viruses, it's obvious that security is everyone's concern now. Bruce Schneier tells us how.”

—IEEE Spectrum

“Once again, Schneier manages to describe complex security concepts and interdependencies without a word of technical jargon...and once again proves he is the one of few who indeed understand security.”

—The IT Security Encyclopaedia

“Straight talk from one of the world's foremost security experts.”

—Jay Walker, Founder, U.S. HomeGuard

“A lot of security experts try to cow you with fear, uncertainty, and doubt. What's refreshing about Schneier is his clarity, directness, and honesty. You don't come away from reading him with the feeling you've been sold a bill of goods.”

—Philip Kamaras,Former District Attorney, Kings County, New York

“Bruce Schneier believes that real security involves not just legislators, police, and the military. He convincingly demonstrates that we all need to take an active, intelligent role in making ourselves secure.”

—Jerome D. Cohen, Former Justice, New York State Supreme Court

“He is one of the world's leading experts on computer security, and arguably the most articulate.... Mr. Schneier's book is no anti-authoritarian tract.... Nor, despite its subject matter, is it gloomy. It is often surprisingly entertaining.... Mr. Schneier's aim is to demystify security for a general readership and provide the tools to evaluate and challenge badly designed and pointless security measures. With security an increasingly obtrusive part of everyday life, Beyond Fear deserves to be widely read.”

—The Economist

"...intriguing and thought-provoking...”

—Computerworld

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