10 best books of October: the Monitor's picks

Computers, canines, superheroes, and Civil War icons are among the subjects featured in the 10 books selected by the Monitor's critics as the best of October.

1. "The Innovators," by Walter Isaason

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"The Innovators," a new book by Steve Jobs biographer and former Time managing editor Walter Isaacson, does far more than analyze the hardware and software that gave birth to digital revolution – it fully explores the women and men who created the ideas that birthed the gadgets. In so doing, Isaacson tells stories of vanity and idealism, of greed and sacrifice, and of the kind of profound complexity that lies behind the development of seemingly simple technological improvements. You can see the Monitor's full review of "The Innovators" here.

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