Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different: A Biography

Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different: A Biography

Posted by jack_miller | Published 7 months ago

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By: Karen Blumenthal

Purchased At: $17.00

A riveting biography of the groundbreaking innovator who was a giant in the worlds of computing, music, filmmaking, design, smart phones, and more. A finalist for the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award!

"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, from the Macintosh to the iPhone, from iTunes and the iPod to the Macbook.

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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Praise for Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different: A Biography:

“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

I'm pretty sure this book is what you think it is. It's researched well enough, well written, and mostly interesting. There were a few points of interest that I don't remember being covered in the Isaacson bio, which was necessary for me to enjoy this one, as there is a lot of overlap in the way Jobs's story is told in the two biographies. However, this one is mostly a surface rendering, which may suit you, depending on your reading habits. If you want to get a sense of a broader, more compelling narrative, I recommend Isaacson's biography of Jobs. I recommend this one to anyone with an interest in Jobs/Apple and not enough time or courage to pick up Isaacson's tome.

- katelyn_anderson

The book is well organized and well written. It provides the reader with an overview of Jobs' life and Apple origin and spectacular growth to become the giant that is today. On the other hand, it's unbelievable that a person with so many character flaws could achieve all the extraordinary goals that Jobs achieve on his life. Perhaps,it was his tenacity, visionary ideals and persistence to pursue perfection, and the way he view life , all traits that help him become a legend.

- brenda_anderson

This book was assigned to me to read for my junior year in high school. I was surprised at how easily the book captured my attention considering I only read books when it is for a grade. I enjoyed the organization as well as the visuals the author provided (I even found myself googling early Apple products and commercials). Overall this is a smooth read and I finished earlier than I thought I would.

- kian_evans

It was an amazing read. It would be easy to get caught up in his personality, however, his vision and drive created “Several entirely new fields of technology”, not just products. He indeed made the future richer for our ability to connect the “dots of our lives”. It is a stunning book.

- elena_gutierrez

I really enjoyed this book. Some of the opinions I had about Steve Jobs changed after I finished it, and many of them changed in a manner totally opposite to what I previously thought. Was he a genius? I'm not sure now. I wished, though, that the role of other people who were in charge of development and marketing had been better explained.

- wilson_nguyen

Excellent book. Steve Jobs was such an interesting person. The book tells it all. This is the man who put a computer in everyone's hands! Amazing intellect.

- courtney_mitchell

Really good book. Also, it was in perfect conditions!

- harrison_gonzales

Great read, kids really liked learning about his life and accomplishments

- calvin_hall

I liked this unauthorised biography of Steve Jobs. I liked the unauthorised biography of Susan Boyle by Alice Montgomery too. I also read Susan Boyle's autobiography, which I enjoyed as well. Somehow these two unauthorised biographies held more allure for me. The Steve Jobs book was an interesting read. I thought at the beginning the author was anti Steve Jobs, but that impression went away as I progressed through the book. I have a lot of sympathy for the late Jobs, and understand that to lead is often not easy. He could see what was required and went for it. I admire the man. You can't please all the people all of the time? Many who worked for him recognised the need for this sometimes aggressive approach, but wouldn't have had it any other way in retrospect. The cover picture was an attractive feature, enticing me to buy. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Steve Jobs, or if you're just curious. In my opinion it's worth the read.

- uriel_sanchez

A fascinating story of the journey if an amazing man. Not an inventor or indeed a computer genius, but a tweaker. He took ideas and made them simpler and better. Not perfect, but easy for everyone to understand and use. Without a doubt love him or hate him, he revolutionised the technological world and perhaps also made his competitors up there game and create better products as a result. He could be difficult and downright nasty, but he was also an inspirational leader, who sadly died before his time. His legacy goes on too bigger and better things. Read it, you will not be disappointed, I wasn't.

- rosa_bailey

A hero of mine.
He may not have done much coding, but he had the vision and drive to turn Apple from a shed to what it is now. With a few bumps on the way.

- mason_miller

Try as I might, I still can't stop hating Steve Jobs. He may be this, he may be that, but at the end of the day I still see him as an angry, vindictive petty thief who will go out of his way to abuse and belittle people who do exactly what he does.

There's some interesting insights into his hygiene and how he managed to save Pixar (almost by accident), but the purpose of me reading this was to get a better idea of Jobs the man, and on that front I wish I hadn't read this as I dislike him even more now.

- louise_jones

Whilst he was uncnventional and no doubt a difficult person, Steve was truly a leader and visionary who changed the world around us fundamentally. This book whilst brief compared to the book by Walter Issacson gives the reader enough of an insight to see how both Jobs and Apple evolved into the force that brough us the ground breaking i products. Well worth a read for those who dont want a blow by blow account of his life but do want enough insight to understand the man

- kylee_morris

I read this book based on the CDS reading list. I cannot for the life of me understand why it is recommended, the book is based mainly on secondary sources and is really feels little more than a compendium of articles that have been linked with a narrative thread. If you are looking for any sort of inspiration or reasoning on how you can become a better leader, or an analysis of what can make a man 'great', I would certainly look elsewhere. It is very readable, hence the 2 stars, but it brings nothing new to the party. It's an inflated magazine article.

- emmie_hughes

Good book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was nicely presented, however i am giving 4 stars as sometimes it was confusing because the dates were going forward and backward. But it could just be me.

- nathalie_nelson

As an entrepreneur in the smallest sense, I LOVED reading about Steve Jobs. He really was an overbearing hard to deal with person but he had some very important things to say. I love his quotes, it really spoke to my own creativity.

- ronan_myers

I don't read much so I'm in no position to really comment on the quality of writing here. I did however find this book quite compelling. I think it's a good representation of a extremely driven, talented, individual, who was unfortunately found wanting in some areas if his personality. Is this inevitable however in someone of such focused genius?

- annie_long

it's a story I know well, but I enjoyed the extra details, and reliving through the book, the hard work of a rightly well loved man. He captures the frustration of working with and for SJ, his genius and self belief, I enjoyed this book!

- winter_carter

Covers most the important things in Jobs' life.
Nice to read it.
He wasn't perfect, but had faith in many of his ideas.

Well written, and concise. Sometimes might have preferred more detail, but I don't really read that much, so I'm very happy with the length of this book.

- ana_hernandez

Great book, I've really enjoyed reading about Steve Jobs and Apple Inc, it's great not to focus on just the difficult personality of someone but to try and show the background to his behaviour. The man wasn't perfect but he strived for the perfect product. As a huge Apple fan I have loved reading this book. It's a good reminder that one day will be out last day and to keep focused on living

- madilyn_nguyen

I bought this book because I was intrigued about Steve jobs! From what I've learnt by reading the book, I now know that I didn't really know a thing about the man! I was amazed at his tyrannical perfectionism and how he got away with what he did, yet at the same time I admired his persistence and tenacity......reinforcing the need for a degree of arrogance and total self belief required in order to achieve and succeed on this scale. On the whole, he was a great great man!

- blair_hernandez

I found this book interesting and enjoyable. As I normally real fiction, this was surprising to me. I was fascinated to read how the microcomputers developed and how packages with which we have become so familiar, came to life. I myself saw computers develop in my own work life and I was about to relate my own experience to those of the "top" people. It was also interesting to learn what he was like as a person. I found some of the English bit "rough" (perhaps because it is American English). This definitely an enjoyable read to someone interested in computers and/or business.

- reyansh_morales

Great insight into Steve jobs.

- astrid_wilson

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