The third edition of Handbook of Fiber Optic Data Communication: A Practical Guide to Optical Networking contains new material on transceiver form factors, and manufacturing and industry standards. Written by experts in the field, the 795-page volume includes new chapters on emerging technologies and on applications such as silicon photonics, nanophotonics, parallel optical interconnects, specialty fiber cable types and optical backplanes. It features new case studies on voice/date convergence, redesigning mainframe input/output, National LambdaRail and optical peer-to-peer networks. References, an index and tables of optical network parameters are included. Casimer DeCusatis, ed.; Elsevier Academic Press, Burlington, Mass., 2008; $99.95.