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COOL: Hack Your Bookshelf with Verge’s Disruptive Reading List

The choice is yours:  Judge a book by its cover or pick it up to get the full story behind the disruptive reads, selected by the editors at The Verge. On your mark…

Console Wars 
Game on. Based on over 200 interviews with former Sega and Nintendo employees, Console Wars chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company took on the juggernaut Nintendo – and won.

“Game console rivalries are a longstanding tradition, and none were quite as notable as Sega vs. Nintendo in the nineties. Blake Harris’ book presents a compelling narrative around Sega’s herculean task of competing with the then-dominant Nintendo. You should probably read it before Seth Rogen turns it into a movie… which is seriously in the works right now.”

Exploding The Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell
Ring a bell? Exploding the Phone tells the story of the “Phone phreaks” a misfit group of technophiles who figured out how to hack the world’s largest machine: the telephone system.

Oh snap. From garage invention to billion dollar cultural phenomenon to bankruptcy, INSTANT traces the cultural history of the Polaroid and its visionary founder Edwin Land.

“Before there was Apple, there was Polaroid. It’s easy to look down on the company now, but in the middle part of the 20th century, Edwin Land created a company that was innovative and technologically advanced. And like Apple, it created products that changed our culture. Instant tells the story of the company’s dramatic rise and tragic fall, and it’s a parable that many of today’s greatest tech companies should heed.”

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
Founder of the future. Through interview and personal accounts, veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides a revealing first-look inside the extraordinary life of one of Silicon Valley’s most audacious and uncompromising entrepreneurs.