The term x86 denotes a family of backward compatible instruction set architectures based on the Intel 8086 CPU. From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X86

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Is there a canonical book on x86 assembly? [closed]

There are lots of books on assembly. However, they usually deal with ISAs about which I don't care, such as MIPS or ARM. I don't deal with these architectures; there's no reason for me to try to learn ...