Though I bought the Soldersmoke book by Bill Meara, N2CQR, long ago (for the Kindle), I started reading it seriously only recently and I am yet to finish the book. But the book has been a delight to read, especially if you have listened to the podcast. I used to correspond with Bill on email during my last innings of amateur radio operations (around 2006 time, iirc) and now when I read the book, it is as if he is "talking" with his voice to me.

If you are remotely interested in Amateur Radio and designing your own radios and fiddling with it, I highly recommend the book.