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ITP’s Summer Reading List

Fun Reads for Techies

If paperback romance novels or nightmare-inducing scary stories aren’t your thing, this might be the reading list for you.

We asked our resident team of lovable nerds to share some of their favorite books about tech, IT, and leadership that are sure to keep you captivated.


Countdown to Zero Day by Kim ZetterCountdown to Zero Day

A non-fiction work about Stuxnet and the launch of the world’s first digital weapon. Top cybersecurity journalist Kim Zetter tells the story behind the virus that sabotaged Iran’s nuclear efforts. This book shows how Stuxnet ushered in a new age of warfare – one in which a digital attack can have the same destructive capability as a megaton bomb.

Recommended by: Andrew Malone, Sr. Consulting Project Engineer



Growth IQGrowth IQ by Tiffani Bova

Discover 10 paths to achieving sustainable and repeatable business growth. It’s an in-depth analysis of what’s worked and what hasn’t for some of today’s most successful companies.

Recommended by: Paul Hager, CEO & owner





The CircleThe Circle by Dave Eggers

A work of fiction exploring a dystopian future where privacy doesn’t exist. It follows a worker who joins a powerful internet company intent on making all life and all data completely transparent.

Recommended by: Betsy Francoeur, Marketing Content Specialist





The Cuckoo's EggThe Cuckoo’s Egg by Cliff Stoll

A non-fiction account of how Cliff stumbled onto the trail of cybercriminals when he discovered an accounting error in his systems at Berkeley. The FBI/CIA even get involved, giving it a great “spy story” vibe. Cliff used some pretty inventive ways to watch the criminals as they moved through his network and into others.

Recommended by: Dale Harkness, Sr. Consulting Engineer




The New One-Minute ManagerThe New One-Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson

A must-read for leaders. It outlines three simple tools to help you motivate people to do great work – and they each only take 60 seconds or less.

Recommended by: Travis Olson, Consulting Practice Lead





Bonus – Podcasts!

How I Built This“How I Built This” Episode: Cisco Systems & Urban Decay Founder Sandy Lerner

The story and drama behind the founding of Cisco and “the plumbing of the internet.”




A first-person listening experience set in a world where artificial intelligence isn’t so artificial. Helen’s always dreamed of ditching her hometown, so when she lands a job at the company that makes Sandra, everyone’s favorite AI, she figures it’s the next best thing. But working behind the curtain isn’t quite the escape from reality that Helen expected.

Both recommended by: Ellie Sherven, Marketing Director

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