Rob’s Reading Picks

Books For A New Year

I read for different reasons.  Sometimes just to relax.  Other times to just experience how a good writer tells a story.  I like reading biographies particularly of musicians.  But if I throw that all out, I also read to learn to influence how I think and approach problems.” – PC Matic CEO, Rob Cheng.

PC Matic CEO, Rob Cheng, is an avid reader. In any given year he will read two dozen or more books. In the years I’ve worked at PC Matic, I’ve had the advantage of learning about his yearly literary adventures.

I asked Rob for a recommendation of books to share with you for the new year. There were really no parameters. I wanted him to share books he found valuable. Below is that list.

Cybersecurity Reads

  • Dawn of the Code War by John Carlin
  • The Art of Invisibility by Kevin Mitnick
  • Bitcoin Billionaires by Ben Mezrich
  • Glow Kids by Nocholas Kardaras
  • The Hacker and the State by Ben Buchanan
  • The Infinite Game by Simon Sinek
  • Sandworm by Andy Greenburg
  • Permanent Record by Edward Snowden
  • That Will Never Work by Mark Randolf

Overall Influential Reads

  • Devil’s Chessboard by David Talbot
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • The Accidental President of Brazil by Fernando Henrique Cardoso


This is the time of year when we all make resolutions. What are your goals for 2021? Reading more is never a bad plan. We hope this list is a great start for you.

Stay safe out there, and Happy New Year!

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4 thoughts on “Rob’s Reading Picks

  1. There is a book you really need to read, helps with the profitability with PCMactic. The book was written by a friend of mine relative to the cost factors of customers who are profitable to work with and those who are not. Check it out on Amazon “Profitable Expectations” written by Douglas T. Hicks

  2. Thanx Rob Cheng for sharing this. Will check out & pass on to my friends and my book group buds. Cheers & best to you & yours, cynthia dean

  3. Rob–Give my novel “Shakespeare’s Secrets” a try. It’s an mystorical novel in the sense that I intersperse data dealing with the Shakespeare authorship question. Our hero is caught in the middle of miscreants who find artifacts and papers which might answer the question after all these years. Chase, psychological tension and a touch of romance and humor and it’s fun yet challenging.
    I’m getting excellent reviews on amazon. I”m self-published as I’m in love with the freedom I have from complete control. You can order through Books A Million but you have to have them send directly to you.
    I’m a user of your product. I’m satisfied thus far. I hope you’re watching China and Russia as I feel you are. I’m very afraid of what China is doing. I do not trust them at all. Keep up the good work and let me know if you like the novel. I’m working on a sequel with a different mystorical issue.

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