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Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different

“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.
 
 
 

“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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  1. S. Yoshida says:

    The Man Who Thought Different 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.

  2. B. Smith says:

    A must read for our times 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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