Though I promised a review of Hackers and Painters a week ago, it's been busier than I anticipated.
I'll say this much - the last few chapters of Hackers and Painters are very interesting. They'll make you question how much of your systems and applications you develop in low-level, compiled languages and how much more you could be getting done if you used a more powerful language. For aspiring system designers, these chapters are a very worthwhile read.
Interesting side note: I wonder what Agile book reviewing would be like? Perhaps I'll adapt that methodology instead of reviewing all at once, with a retrospective at the end of each book that summarizes the findings.