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Ed Krol's 'Whole Internet' is a 'Book of the Century'

April 25, 2019

Although Ed Krol had many storied technical accomplishments during his 30-plus year career at the University of Illinois, the award he is most proud of is having one of his books named one of the New York Public Library’s “Books of the Century." 

Krol made the esteemed list with his 1992 book The Whole Internet: User’s Guide & Catalog.

“It’s sort of a really good parlor trick,” he said. “It’s like, ‘What can you say about yourself that’s not Internet-related?’ I can say ‘I’m peers with Rachel Carson and Adolph Hitler.’”

Today, the book is described on Amazon as “still the best book on the Internet.” If you want to learn what the Internet was like in 1998, you can download the book for free non-commercial usage at a variety of sites.

Carson was an American marine biologist, author, and conservationist whose book Silent Spring was credited with advancing the global environmental movement.

Hitler made the list for his book, Mein Kampf.