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Bill Gates [Hardcover]

Marc Aronson
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Jan. 13 2009 Up Close
Bill Gates is many things: the richest person in the world; the ruthless businessman who co-founded Microsoft and led it to domination of the computer software industry; and now, the leading global philanthropist. When Gates was born in 1955, no one in the world owned a personal computer. A window had a pane of glass. A mouse was a rodent. As a teenager, Gates realized how computers were about to change the world, and made his fortune by riding that wave; modern teens look to him as their model of how technology can be turned into wealth. Marc Aronson’s biography is a probing portrait of a man whose name is a household word.

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Marc Aronson is the author of a wide variety of non- fiction titles. He is the recipient of the LMP Award for editing, as well as the 2006 ALAN Award for outstanding contributions to the field of adolescent literature.

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1.0 out of 5 stars i wish i could return it Jan. 25 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
save your money, this book is a dissapointment
first off, the writing style -- it seems to be aimed towards a teenage demographic at best
secondly, the book dimensions are small and awkard to hold in your hands and read
surely there is a better book about Gates
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great content, horrible writing Oct. 5 2010
By Brian - Published on Amazon.com
Looking for a good book on what makes Bill Gates tick, I choose this one as it gives a nicely broken up dissection of the characteristics that made Bill who he is. However, despite being a quick read, the sentence structure and word choice is often so odd, that I began to think that English must not be the author's primary language. The content is what saves it, if anything. It gives a great deal of insight to how and why Bill Gates carried out his business and life the way he did, and also how his upbringing affected him and his psychology towards being the tenacious pitbull in business that he became. Overall, not a terrible book, but could be a hell of a lot better if the content was rewritten and revised. The book "Elements of Style" would help this author massively.

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5.0 out of 5 stars In this book you'll really get a feel for the real Bill Gates and learn the principle of "getting rich fast!" May 9 2009
By D. Fowler - Published on Amazon.com
Bill Gates, a young computer addict, was driven to the point that he would fall asleep over his computer. He was unkempt looking, but it didn't matter to him. The only thing that mattered was computer programming. Perhaps in the back of his head he could hear his grandmother Adelle (Gam) saying, "think smart, think smart!" He was indeed, an extremely competitive young man. He could also be "an extremely annoying person." He later was known to be so obnoxious he would scream and berate his employees. Was this behavior somehow linked to his phenomenal success? What made him turn his life around and become a philanthropist?

When Bill was a teenager, the scenery was a bit different. The elite in the computer field actually welcomed young people into their fold. Dick Gruen indicated that "a young enthusiast was welcomed, not treated as a gofer." Bill, a troubled `tween and teen, later met up with his partner Paul Allen at Lakeside, a private school, where they were progressive enough to have a terminal linked to a computer. Perhaps many of you know part of Bill's story or may think you know a lot about him, but Marc Aronson's main objective in this book is to tell you how he did it. You are in for a rare treat in this fabulous book! You'll even see a couple of pictures of him as a teenage computer guru.

This book is actually a study in how young people can succeed, but the only problem is (perhaps it is possible) that this special individual must have not just a few of the opportunities and qualities Bill Gates had, but must possess ALL of them in order to empower him/herself to the height and success he achieved. I was not particularly familiar with Bill Gates's business life, nor did I have a feel for his individuality, but after this reading this book I feel I know a lot about him and have a good sense as to whom he is. Did you know there was one man who "was not granted a share in the company he had help to create?" You'll have to read the book to find out about him. Whoa!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Gates Up Close Oct. 16 2010
By Elaine N. Oxford - Published on Amazon.com
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Both my husband both read this book which we both felt was well written, and. Gave us a good insight to the way Microsoft were building their business. Thank you Elaine Oxford.
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