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I read this book, and gave it to my 14-yo son. It's what you said, an introduction to resistance, and an example of making tech work for you, even while the same tech is being used against you. Buy it for a kid.

Instructables has instructions for some of the devices and techniques in the book:

Posted by pox | May 19, 2008 1:22 PM

With a copy of the book and Google, itís possible for an inspired reader to scan his surroundings for miniature cameras, free his computer from spyware, and set up anonymous internet identities.

The literary merits of his book notwithstanding, Mr. Doctorow is completely extraneous here. This stuff's pretty easy to find on one's own.

Posted by shub-negrorath | May 19, 2008 1:25 PM

Will there be steam-punk?

Posted by Bon Scott | May 19, 2008 1:40 PM

Easy for you, shub-negrorath. Maybe not so easy for a 13-year-old who doesn't even know these things exist.

Posted by Fnarf | May 19, 2008 1:48 PM

@3 -

the steam punk was limited to Cory's very steamy, very punky wristwatch, which is huge AND HAS A BUILT IN CATAPULT!!!

After my son went to bed last night, I read the book. I want to be 12 again.

Posted by rtm | May 20, 2008 7:10 AM

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