From Dits to Bits is the story of Herman Lukoff, a son, husband, father, computer engineer, and ham who's work has contributed greatly to the development of electronic computers, and personally to my writing (using my PC) for all my columns, the printing of each QST and the myriad of just about everything we own today. Herman was a student at U-Penn when he started working on ENIAC with Dr. Machly and Dr. J. Presper Eckert at the Moore School in 1943.
Herman's story starts by telling how he was first interested in electricity, then radio, and then after hearing some hams talking on the radio he built, he became a ham. Throughout the book he relates how his ham radio hobby contributed to his career and in the development of electronic computers.
He takes us through the EINAC, UNIVAC, LARC, and the Sperry-Rand years of early commercial computer development, its trials and tribulations, in a plain-speaking easy to understand manner. Remember, there were no text books or college courses back then to teach you how to design a computer. Building them was done one circuit, one function, one device at a time, and then tying everything together and making it work. Those were exciting times, and his book makes you feel proud as you read it.
It has always been my opinion that this is a "must own" book to be reread every few years. (I just reread mine for the third time and found it just as interesting as the first time I read it in 1979, maybe even more so.)