“This book is precious. It makes a real contribution to our struggle for liberty and democracy in Vietnam.” – Bui Tin
--The New York Times
"As gripping as it is insanely comedic. ... One is positively awed by the achievement--even The Double Helix, that classic about the discovery of DNA, seems to fade a little in the memory."
--The Cleveland Plain Dealer
--Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Bass's book is not simply science writing. Like the researchers with whom he journeys, Bass has learned the effectiveness of combined interests. The result is a tangy verbal concoction: one part science, one part travel, two parts bemused, yet impassioned observation."
--The Christian Science Monitor
How a military defeat was turned into a psychological victory
Review of Ken Burns's Vietnam
The Washington Post (November 1, 2013)
Tablet Magazine (October 18, 2011)
The New Yorker (May 23, 2005)
A computer like the one at the trader's elbow is called a black box, meaning that its program is a mystery to the uninitiated. The box is emotionless, opaque, obscure. It gives no winks and nods. "The magic gadget is a little threatening," the trader confesses. Yet people on the floor are impressed by its one salient feature: it appears to have an uncanny knack for being on the right side of trades.
The New Yorker; April 26 & May 3, 1999
Wearables are already bringing us "heads up, hands free" augmented reality in the workplace. Soon we'll be sporting them all the time. Did someone say Borg?
Wired, April 1998
On the advice of an astrologer, Nguyen Van Thieu changed his birthday from a date in November 1924 to a more auspicious day, April 5, 1923. The spirits were not fooled. When he resigned as president of the Republic of Vietnam -- the country he had ruled for ten years, until it blinked out of existence with the end of the Vietnam War on April 30, 1975 -- Thieu, in a tear-filled television broadcast, said: "Over the past ten years, all years, months, days and hours in my life have been bad, as my horoscope forecast. As regards my fate, I can enjoy no happiness."
New York Times Magazine, December 2001
Nicholas Negroponte is the most Wired man we know (and that's saying something).
Wired, November 1995
Wired, October 1996
Wired, August 1995
Out on the high risk frontier where mathematics, physics, and finance collide, the enigmatic and hugely successful quant David Shaw is determined to make Wall Street obsolete.
Wired, January 1997
The memo from Paul Allen to Interval Research was loud and clear: Give me less R and more D.
Wired, December 1999