We are still hard at work trying to find a single decent history book for the middle school set, but I wanted to share a book we rejected from the Year 12 list today. Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende’s Chile by Eden Medina is a intriguing look at the history of computing outside the United States, a rare thing indeed. It focuses on the days before Allende’s overthrow, when modern technology was invoked with a bit of utopian fever. Allende vision of a socialist computer society ended in a bloddy coup, but the story of the innovated ways he and his followers tried to bend technology to their purpose might be of interest to all the computer nerds out there.

We decided it was a bit too academic for most Year 12 students to connect with, but if you have a computer fanatic, are an auto-didact, or just want to read something outside your normal choices, this book might work for you.

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