Hacker Cracker: A Journey from the Mean Streets of Brooklyn to the Frontiers of Cyberspace

Author: Ejovi Nuwere, David Chanoff
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ISBN: 0066210798
Publisher: William Morrow (08 October, 2002)
Edition: Hardcover
Sales Rank: 156,758
Average Customer Rating: 3.72 out of 5

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Rating: 3 out of 5
Nice try but doesn't come through
It attempts to be great but really nothing interesting. Mostly about his growing up in the bronx and if he does talk about computers then you have to know computer to know what he's talking about. I t tries to be good but fails because it's to much of a survey of his life in stead of a telling of it. skim over it if you can find it in your library but don't bother paying to read it because you'll surely be disappointed.

Rating: 4 out of 5
Highly recommended by Charles Washington
A co-worker recommeded that I read this book, and, honestly, I did not have very high expectations. Much to my surprise, I found the book nearly impossible to put down. It is an intriguing tale of a boy who spends his days learning the ins and outs of "hacking". He is also forced to cope with the hardships of inner city life and with the fact that his mother is dying of AIDS. The book is hard to follow at times, especially for those who are not well-versed in computer terminology, but it still a worthwile read.

Rating: 3 out of 5
As the full title suggests, Ejovi Nuwere's Hacker Cracker: A Journey from the Mean Streets of Brooklyn to the Frontiers of Cyberspace is a coming of age story of a boy as he physically, emotionally and intellectually matures. He witnesses his mother slowly succumb to AIDS related complications, battles with the inner city street gangs, deals with family drama, and yields to unrelenting peer pressure. At one point in his young life, he attempts suicide and spends time in a mental ward. He shares his childhood life stories and admits how his first introduction to hacking was that on the side of wrongdoing (soliciting credit card numbers from unsuspecting online users). Through a twist of fate, he applies his skills toward good and goes legit in the field of computer security.

This story is an autobiography, however because the author is so young, the book spends a great deal of time discussing his days as an outcast in high school and his adventures in the different hacking groups and online communities. Although his computing exploits may be interesting to the "techies" of the world, I fear that lay people will struggle to retain interest during those sections of the book. More importantly, I think this novel is a testament to a man who could have easily fallen victim to his circumstances. He was/is largely self-taught and chose to use his intellect and street smarts to capitalize on his programming skills. This book is an inspirational read for young people as it demonstrates that alternatives and opportunities exist everywhere---one just has to be open and willing to consider the possibilities.

Reviewed by Phyllis
APOOO BookClub, The Nubian Circle Book Club

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