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Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different [Hardcover]

Karen Blumenthal
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Feb. 14 2012
"Your time is limited. . . . have the courage to follow your heart and intuition." —Steve Jobs
From the start, his path was never predictable. Steve Jobs was given up for adoption at birth, dropped out of college after one semester, and at the age of twenty, created Apple in his parents' garage with his friend Steve Wozniack. Then came the core and hallmark of his genius--his exacting moderation for perfection, his counterculture life approach, and his level of taste and style that pushed all boundaries. A devoted husband, father, and Buddhist, he battled cancer for over a decade, became the ultimate CEO, and made the world want every product he touched.
Critically acclaimed author Karen Blumenthal takes us to the core of this complicated and legendary man while simultaneously exploring the evolution of computers. Framed by Jobs' inspirational Stanford commencement speech and illustrated throughout with black and white photos, this is the story of the man who changed our world.

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"This is a smart book about a smart subject by a smart writer." —Booklist, starred review

"Students who know Steve Jobs only through Apple’s iTunes, iPhones, and iPads will have their eyes opened by this accessible and well-written biography." —VOYA

"An engaging and intimate portrait. Few biographies for young readers feel as relevant and current as this one does." —The Horn Book Magazine "A perceptive, well-wrought picture of an iconic figure." —Kirkus Reviews"Blumenthal crafts an insightful, balanced portrait." —Publishers Weekly

About the Author

KAREN BLUMENTHAL is a critically acclaimed children's non-fiction writer and a long-time journalist for the Wall Street Journal. She is the author of Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition, which received four starred reviews, Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929, which was a Sibert Honor Book, and Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX, which won a Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. She lives in Dallas, Texas.

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By Victor
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Even I have read other Steve Jobs biographies, I could learn more about him. It is said in a way that it is so easy to understand.
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By Sergio
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Fantastic read. Period! 10 / 10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Man Who Thought Different Sept. 1 2012
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This book resembles a parable for young readers. The author used the three stories from Steve Jobs' Stanford commencement address as themes. These themes were then fleshed-out with details of his life, from the interesting and inspiring, to the less-than-admirable aspects of his personality. Throughout, she used language and descriptions appropriate for a young audience. The Man Who Thought Different is a story of a life of searching, striving, resilience, and maturation.

I found the following especially interesting:

Jobs respected Akio Morita of Sony for his appreciation of beauty, and Edward Land of Polaroid, for wanting his company to be at the intersection of art and science.

The production of computer-animated movies requires algebra, geometry, and integral calculus. Pixar has several staff PhDs, including a physicist that specializes in air and water.

"Reed's tuition and fees for the 1972-73 year were $3,950 (about $21,400 in today's dollars)." I recall this figure as correct. I was invited by Reed College to consider studying there, to start in the same school year as Jobs. But, coming from a Hawaiian sugar plantation, I couldn't afford the cost. I attended the University of Hawaii for about $400 a year.

HTML, HTTP, and the first browser were created on a NeXT computer. Jobs believed that his machine was for interpersonal computing.

Perhaps this book could become a classic for future generations of young readers, and the young-at-heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for our times April 27 2012
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This book surprised me because I could not put it down. Typically a biography of this nature is not my usual pick for reading, however I found the book to be fascinating. The book flows and keeps your attention, it kept me up late reading it. Steve Jobs certainly is an important man of our times to understand and this book lays out all aspects of him, the genius, the jerk and the quirky!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book! Feb. 28 2012
By Eileen - Published on
This book is informative, well organized and thought provoking. Karen's writing in this book, as in all her other books, is a joy to read. While the book is written for students, I found there was plenty of interesting information for an adult - especially one who does not want to read the 656 pages of Isaacson's book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good memories of learning to think on a Macintosh Feb. 3 2014
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I ordered this book not realizing that it is aimed at a younger audience (I'm 54). It didn't make a difference; the book was very well written and interesting. My first experience with a Steve Jobs' product was the Macintosh, the little funny box with a hard disk drive in the front and the first mouse (non-breathing) I ever encountered. I have very specific memories that go with learning how to use that computer and mouse apparatus. And I had friends who met Steve Jobs and worked for him. So I wanted to read more about the man, to fill in the gaps I had from my memories of the news of the day and the more recent news articles of him. Very driven, very confident, the way all super successful men seem to be. But what surprised me about Steve Jobs was his upbringing and his early life influences and travels that affected his way of thinking and idiosyncratic behaviors like walking barefoot into work and not having a strong desire to consume (buy) and acquire goods, even furniture for his home. I enjoyed this peek into Steve's life; it gave me a better idea of what "made him." I get misty-eyed thinking he is gone; what an incredible journey his life was! I liked the pages at the back of the book that gave a complete timeline of Steve's life, from his birth to his death, and all the major events in his life in between. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has used any of the products he helped to create, which means just about everyone on the planet could read this book!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The poor man's Walter Isaacson's version May 24 2012
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I thought i was buying the Walter Isaacson book but this book does well telling Steve Jobs' story. I was able to complete it in about a day. I like the organization of the book. I most enjoyed the quote about us making our habits in the first forty years of our life but our habits making US the next forty years! I thought that was profound!
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