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Being a Sherlock Holmes fan, I grabbed this book when I found out about it and I read it in one day. What a wonderful and fascinating book![return][reBeing a Sherlock Holmes fan, I grabbed this book when I found out about it and I read it in one day. What a wonderful and fascinating book![return][return]The book covers all the different branches of forensic science such as footprints, fingerprints, ballistics, autopsies, blood typing, document forgeries and so on. Each chapter covers a different forensic science and it goes into the background of each one - who discovered the new techniques, how each forensic science developed over the years, how crimes were solved (or not solved) before that particular strand of forensics was invented, and the author illustrates this by discussing real-life crimes which were solved using this forensic method (so this book is great for true-crime fans like me).[return][return]Also in each chapter, the author discusses how Sherlock Holmes utilised each forensic science and how he used it to solve his mysteries. Holmes stories are quoted extensively to prove that without forensic science, Holmes may never have got his man (or woman) in the end.[return][return]Highly recommended for fans of Sherlock Holmes and / or fans of criminology....more
This author was recommended to me by a geek friend and after I did some research on Mitnick, I realised this was a guy I wanted to read. I was a bit aThis author was recommended to me by a geek friend and after I did some research on Mitnick, I realised this was a guy I wanted to read. I was a bit amazed to read all the reviews who accused Mitnick of putting his ego all over the book. I didn't see any evidence of that at all. Yes he talks quite a bit about his own experiences in relation to what he is talking about in that chapter but that is to be expected. After all, he IS a convicted computer hacker! So he does have some knowledge in this area! Is this egotism? I don't think so. He is just giving us the benefit of his own experiences.[return][return]Where this book slightly falls down is that Mitnick makes it WAY too complicated and technical for people like me who are not that techie and geeky. So he talks about computer languages and hacking procedures that are just way too complicated to follow. So if you are not fluent in the lingo, you'll find yourself page flipping. This book is ideally for geeks and nerds who talk computer languages that normal people wouldn't even begin to comprehend! Not me unfortunately.[return][return]Nevertheless, this is a fascinating insight into the world of hacking and it is also frightening - it makes you realise how insecure a lot of computer systems are all over the world and how a teenager with a PC can easily gain access. Remember that the next time you're entering your password into your online banking....more
I hugely enjoyed Mitnick's last book, The Art Of Intrusion, but this book by comparison is completely BORING. Mitnick just tells stories of people whoI hugely enjoyed Mitnick's last book, The Art Of Intrusion, but this book by comparison is completely BORING. Mitnick just tells stories of people who conned companies and people over the phone and after a while, the stories get very boring and repetitive. Yeah, we get it Kevin - don't assume anything over the phone, and don't give out sensitive material to people you don't know. You don't need to bore us to death with 350 pages just to get those two central points across.[return][return]Avoid this book - unless you're looking for a strong sedative to put you to sleep at night....more