Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System
Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System is an in-depth look at the rise and fall of the first Atari home videogame console, the VCS. Specifically, it focuses on the console's hardware and how game designers got the most out of it by going over some of the most popular games on the system. Not for the casual gamer.
Fittingly, the cover art is a zoomed in screenshot of the neutral zone from Yars' Revenge.
I own a first edition hardcover and have read it.