Looking for information technology (IT) books that will take your knowledge to the next level?

The following five books address issues and implications with new technologies, convey lessons in leadership and ethics, and provide you with in-depth topical knowledge and the latest insights within the IT industry.


1. No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State

Glenn Greenwald (2014)

Overview: The wild and ongoing real-life saga of Edward Snowden is outlined in this book. Snowden’s mission to expose the privacy-violating practices of the NSA required bold and dangerous violations of U.S. law. Greenwald writes about his encounters with Snowden, as well as his thoughts about national security and the limits of personal privacy in this opinionated, yet poignant, non-fiction story.

Apply this knowledge: Although you will not pursue law-breaking behaviors with your IT knowledge, the story of Snowden reverberates throughout the IT world. It can also teach many lessons on ethics in business and technology that are taking shape because of Snowden’s actions.


2. Technical Impact: Making Your Information Technology Effective and Keeping it That Way

Al Kuebler (2011)

Overview: Filled with examples, this book has been noted as a great guide for communicating IT issues with executives who don’t normally deal with IT.

Apply this knowledge: Communication skills for IT managers are extremely valuable. This book can lay a foundation for and inspire contemplation on the ideas to move you forward in your career.


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3. IT Business Partnerships: A Field Guide: Paving the Way for Business and Technology Convergence

Joseph Topinka (2014)

Overview: Topinka’s career as a CIO inspired the business and technology convergence lessons in this book. Filled with success and failure case studies of IT partnerships, the author shows readers how to evaluate and lead successful IT projects.

Apply this knowledge: Creating strategic partnerships and choosing vendors will come up often in an IT manager’s career. This book is a good primer to study before pursuing managerial jobs.


4. The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford (2013)

Overview: A fictional case study of IT project management, this book is a #1 best-seller in the technology category. The story follows Bill, a VP of IT who must salvage a troubled project or lose his job. He solves the problem by following models from other departments and developing better communication strategies.

Apply this knowledge: IT professionals will appreciate how this book delves into so many aspects of IT. The story will teach many lessons on how to approach a project that is vital to individual and organizational success.


5. Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Kenneth Cukier (2014)

Overview: These two authors, experts in big data, have created the first major book addressing the pros and cons of the movement. It outlines what has happened already and where big data is headed.

Apply this knowledge: Whenever a company is considering new IT projects, big data is a subject that is interesting and useful for professionals to learn. The real-life examples may inspire readers to investigate further into the big data revolution.


Being well-read and knowledgeable about thought-leading authors in your industry is a good way to keep you sharp and give you interesting subjects to discuss with colleagues. Take some of your precious free time and relax with one of these books; your future self will thank you for it.

Many of the topics covered within these books are also part of the core curriculum of Capella University’s Master’s in Information Technology program.