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DQTI - Developing Quality Technical Information: A Handbook for Writers and Editors (2nd Edition). My background is technical writing and this is a great book for helping anyone understand the best techniques for both technical writing AND reviewing. Classic because it wasn't based on a product release... and therefore will stay current and applicable for years to come. Definitely one to have on your bookshelf! As reviewer "Lefty points out, "This book has made me re-think how I write technical articles. It is excellent. It has clear, concise instruction and examples. If you are planning to learn more about how to create technical writing this is the book."
SSL - Self-Service Linux(R): Mastering the Art of Problem Determination. As reviewer Nils Valentin from Tokyo points out, the book should have been titled "The high art of problem investigation and software debugging", which is a topic that would appeal to a large number of people... and the topic WILL NOT go out of date in the near future. Another one that would be a great addition to your bookshelf, regardless of the operating system you are using.
IMS - An Introduction to IMS(TM): Your Complete Guide to IBM's Information Management System. As reviewer Barbara Green point out "While many IMS gurus are retiring, and replacements are hard to find, I think this book is a staple for any IMS shop. This is not an operator's reference. (IMS already has a good one of those.) But it does provide a good overview of database structure and design and explains key points well, with very good illustrations. This book is a much needed addition to IMS literature. I'm sure it will stand the test of decades, just as the database has done." Sounds like a classic to me!
HA - High Availability Guide for DB2. I know many people would disagree with me that this book is a classic since it is missing the important topic of HADR. But as reviewer Wes Boudville point out, "If you have been a sysadmin and are familiar with the concepts of full and incremental backups of an operating system, then this book's descriptions of DB2's abilities in this field are very impressive. DB2 offers far more fine grained control/resolution over the backing up of its data. Like the means of having circular or archival logging. So if you are just starting out as a DB2 administrator, you have quite a bit more to learn, just in this field."
DB2 z/OS - The Official Introduction to DB2 for z/OS. Similar to the statement above about the IMS book, this book is very necessary in the industry to introduce DB2 to the new people just beginning their careers on this platform.
I hope you've found a least one book in this list that you want to add to your bookshelf! I'd be happy to hear from anyone who has additional books to add to this list.