The Third Manifesto is one of my favorite computer science books, and also one of the best-written books I’ve ever read. It’s a beautiful treatment of the relational model and how to turn it into a practical system for working with real data.
(It’s also humorously opinionated, from a time before people were using the term “opinionated” for everything.)
I re-read it once every year or two. One of these days, in my copious free time, I’m going to write a D…
Although this online edition is newer, the book was first published in 1995 when things were very different, before the rise and fall(?) of NoSQL and all sorts of other database developments. It’s been a long time, but I don’t remember being particularly convinced at the time.