by Esther Dyson
Release 2.0 is an attempt to figure out what impact the Internet will have on our lives over the next decade or so. Unfortunately, along with all of the interesting speculation and extrapolation, there are a lot of uninspired explanations of how things work now. This book is very optimistic, and would be a good counterpoint to Silicon Snake Oil (although I never finished Stoll's book -- his points were valid, but I thought they were the wrong ones). I recommend it to people interested in the future of the net; just be prepared to skim sometimes.
copyright © 1998 John Regehr