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Best Social Engineering Books: The Ultimate List

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Social Engineering books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

Social Engineering and Nonverbal Behavior Set (2014)

 Best Social Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListSocial Engineering: The Art of Human HackingFrom elicitation, pretexting, influence and manipulation all aspects of social engineering are picked apart, discussed and explained by using real world examples, personal experience and the science behind them to unraveled the mystery in social engineering.
Author(s): Christopher Hadnagy

The Social Engineer’s Playbook: A Practical Guide to Pretexting (2014)

 Best Social Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListThe Social Engineer’s Playbook is a practical guide to pretexting and a collection of social engineering pretexts for Hackers, Social Engineers and Security Analysts. Build effective social engineering plans using the techniques, tools and expert guidance in this book.
Author(s): Jeremiah Talamantes

Social reality of Government manipulating their citizens (2019)

 Best Social Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListThis is a topic every human being needs to understand because like it or not, social engineering is a reality in how you are governed. Those who influence society via advertising, political activity or ideas, not exclusively in and of themselves, encompasses social engineering; no one can escape its over powering influence.
Author(s): Mr. Mark R. Blum

Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking (2010)

 Best Social Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListFrom elicitation, pretexting, influence and manipulation all aspects of social engineering are picked apart, discussed and explained by using real world examples, personal experience and the science behind them to unraveled the mystery in social engineering.
Author(s): Christopher Hadnagy

Tavistock Institute: Social Engineering the Masses (2015)

 Best Social Engineering Books: The Ultimate List The Tavistock Institute, in Sussex, England, describes itself as a nonprofit charity that applies social science to contemporary issues and problems. But this book posits that it is the world’s center for mass brainwashing and social engineering activities. It grew from a somewhat crude beginning at Wellington House into a sophisticated organization that was to shape the destiny of the entire planet, and in the process, change the paradigm of modern society.
Author(s): Daniel Estulin

A Social History of American Technology (2017)

 Best Social Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListA Social History of American Technology, Second Edition, tells the story of American technology from the tools used by its earliest inhabitants to the technological systems cars and computers, aircraft and antibiotics that we are familiar with today. Ruth Schwartz Cowan and Matthew H.
Author(s): Schwartz Cowan, Ruth, Matthew H. Hersch

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition (2006)

 Best Social Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListInfluence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say “yes”—and how to apply these understandings. Dr. Robert Cialdini is the seminal expert in the rapidly expanding field of influence and persuasion. His thirty-five years of rigorous, evidence-based research along with a three-year program of study on what moves people to change behavior has resulted in this highly acclaimed book.
Author(s): Robert B. Cialdini

Learn Social Engineering: Learn the art of human hacking with an internationally renowned expert (2018)

 Best Social Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListKey Features Book DescriptionThis book will provide you with a holistic understanding of social engineering. It will help you to avoid and combat social engineering attacks by giving you a detailed insight into how a social engineer operates.Learn Social Engineering starts by giving you a grounding in the different types of social engineering attacks,and the damages they cause.
Author(s): Dr. Erdal Ozkaya

Social Engineering in IT Security: Tools, Tactics, and Techniques (2014)

 Best Social Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListCutting-edge social engineering testing techniques”Provides all of the core areas and nearly everything [you] need to know about the fundamentals of the topic.”–SlashdotConduct ethical social engineering tests to identify an organization’s susceptibility to attack.
Author(s): Sharon Conheady

Open Source Intelligence Techniques: Resources for Searching and Analyzing Online Information (2018)

 Best Social Engineering Books: The Ultimate ListCompletely Rewritten Sixth Edition Sheds New Light on Open Source Intelligence Collection and Analysis Author Michael Bazzell has been well known in government circles for his ability to locate personal information about any target through Open Source Intelligence (OSINT). In this book, he shares his methods in great detail.
Author(s): Michael Bazzell

Best Social Engineering Books: The Ultimate List

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Mobile Computing, Applications, and Services: 11th EAI International Conference, MobiCASE 2020, Shanghai, China, September 12, 2020, Proceedings

Author(s): Jing Liu, Honghao Gao, Yuyu Yin, Zhongqin Bi
ID: 2855923, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 34 Mb, Format: pdf

Advances in Artificial Intelligence, Software and Systems Engineering: Proceedings of the AHFE 2020 Virtual Conferences on Software and Systems Engineering, and Artificial Intelligence and Social Computing, July 16-20, 2020, USA

Author(s): Tareq Ahram
ID: 2889224, Publisher: Springer International Publishing;Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 47 Mb, Format: pdf

Engineering and Philosophy: Reimagining Technology and Social Progress

Author(s): Zachary Pirtle, David Tomblin, Guru Madhavan
ID: 2983197, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 6 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are truly hot items according to Chicago Tribune, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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