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"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--h...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Square Fish
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Khulood  Al Junaibi

توثق كارن قصة حياة ستيف جوبز من بدايتها الى نهايتها

البداية حين تخلى أبويه البيولوجيين عنه لآخرين بعد أن قطعوا لهم وعدا بأن يكمل ستيف الجامعة - ولكنه لم يكملها أو بالأحرى فشل الوالدين في اقناعه -.

هذه السيرة مكتوبة بعيدا عن المجاملات ..تقول الكثير عن سلبيات ستيف جوبز والكثير الكثير

بالنسبة لي تفاجأت بسلبيات ستيف جوبز - وكرهته ايضا بسببها - .. أهم هذه السلبيات هي :

1- كان دائما ما يقود سيارته بدون لوحة السيارات ويصفها في فترة عمله في ابل في المواقف التابعة للمعاقين !!

2- على الرغم من الكثير الذي يقا...more
يوسف زهدى
Mmmm, interesting book, not the official biography but telling Steve Jobs story from early beginning to the end, supported by testimonials and articles.
Before this book my relationship with Apple inc. were limited in my friends screaming about how iPhones are great, now I can partially understand how people are amazed about Apple products (however I'm not 100% agreeing with them, but will probably give Apple a try).
I admit that I liked Steve before the book, I remember his Stanford 2005 great sp...more
Well, now I don't have to read Isaacson's bio! This book uses that and a lot of other good sources to write a bio of Jobs for a young teen audience.

The early parts of Jobs' life I thought were handled tastefully and in a way young teens would get - he was a jerk who seldom showered! No wonder he got fired! I felt his flailing with Next and with Pixar lacked a little context - remember these are kids who never knew a world without Pixar - what did that company mean? Then, when he returns to Appl...more
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
I'm writing this review on my MacBook Pro, whilst listening to music on iTunes. My iPhone sits beside me and my mum is currently using my iPad. I love Apple products and I use them everyday - in fact, I'd feel lost without them. Most of you will either own at least one of Apple's products, or know somebody who does. Even if you don't, you surely must've watched or heard of a Pixar film, such as Toy Story or Finding Nemo. It's pretty clear what sort of impact that Apple and Pixar have had on the...more
I picked this book up during our vacation. I'd wanted to read a book about Jobs for awhile now, and just couldn't bring myself to do it, for some reason. Maybe because my son is often making disparaging remarks about how stingy Jobs was, and unreasonable... and nasty... um, well, all of that is true! But despite Jobs personality flaws, he was a fascinating character. Creative, driven, obsessive and brilliant. I like reading about quirky people who manage to be successful even though they are abr...more
“Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”
The dots will connect. The journey is the reward. Don’t settle for okay. Just do what’s right.
Steve Jobs lived his life by all of these mottos, and encouraged those around him to do the same. In this biography, Karen Blumenthal connects the dots of his life for us, from his beginnings as an adopted child of Clara and Paul Jobs, to a gifted but ornery third grader who created a small explosion underneath his teacher’s chair, to a lost and troubled barefoot college drop...more
Arthur Thery
This non-fiction book is truly amazing. Before reading this I was always criticizing Apple and saying how bad it was. This book has really changed my view on all things electronics and computers, because now I know Apple isn't just a regular computer company, it was a computer company with an extraordinary leader who really knew what people wanted, even if the people didn't know they wanted it themselves(iPad).This author does a great job showing Steve's childhood and teenage troubles. She also...more
Wow. What a jerk.

I am an Apple user. I bought an iMac back in 2002 (the upside down pot-flat screen version) and upgraded to a MacBookPro in 2009. I also have three iPods-an iTouch that I use now just for audiobooks (since I just got a Samsung smartphone), and a Shuffle and a Nano that I use for running. I like the products a lot.

But with all of that, I was never one who was into the cult of personality around Jobs. And now I'm really glad of that. And I kinda have a new appreciation for Bill G...more
Mahmoud Afify
كنت اعتقد انة كتاب سيرة ذاتية لجوبز ولكن بعد شروعى فى القراءة وجدتة ليس سيرة ذاتية بل قصة تحكيها الكاتبة.

فالكتابة كما قالت فى اخر الكتاب لاعلاقة لها بجوبز ولكنها حاولت ان تجتهد قدر الامكان ولكن الكتاب ينقصة اشياء كثيرة:

الاسلوب الادبى لم يكن جيد وطغى الحس الوثائقى والاكاديمى اكثر من اللازم ففى احيان كثيرة تحدثت عن عن انجازاتة والفرق بين الاجهزة التى يقدمها وتعمقت اكثر من اللازم فى عرض اشياء لاتهم القارئ كثيرا.

عرضت الكاتبة جوبز على النطاق الشخصى بشكل غير لائق من الممكن ان اتقبل ذلك لوكان جوبز هو م...more
I got an email from Bloomsbury asking if anyone wanted to read this and I took awhile to think about it as it's not my usual book but they have sent be books that I have asked for in the past and loved most so I thought I would try it.

I am so glad I agreed to reviewing this book as I was hooked and read it in only a couple of days which usually takes me a lot longer to read my books.

It was such an interesting book that told me all about the history of Apple and if you knew me you would know I lo...more
This was a nicely done biography. According to her author notes, she did a surprising amount of independent research. I honestly rather expected most would be a rewrite of Isaacson's bio of Jobs. But Blumenthal has a reputation for doing honest good work, so I suppose that was an unfair assumption of mine. I didn't really learn much that was new considering I have already read the Isaacson bio but this still held my interest. I liked how she covered his negative points with honesty rather than m...more
I began this book intrigued by the public's fascination with this man and the products he popularized and completed it just as puzzled, if not more. The author clearly describes the deep contradictions within the man, and while, a case can be made that he changed the music, film, and communications industry, I suppose, I also found myself wondering why, in some respects, I should care. I guess I'm somewhat of a Luddite in that I don't need to have access to music and the latest Web news or email...more

The dilemma when it comes to writing a review of a biography is that you don't know what / who you're reviewing. Is it the book or the subject of the book?
If it's the book then I would say this one deserves 4/5. It's not overly done but appropriately poignant, especially in the last chapters.
If it's the person, then to be honest it deserves a 4 but owing to the high expectations Steve Jobs used to place on himself and everyone else around him, I'm going to go ahead and humor his fancy and give...more
Amazon review:
"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...more
Kelsey Collins
Kelsey Collins
Blumenthal, K. (2012). Steve jobs: The man who thought different. Harrisonburg: Fiewel and Friends.
Genre: Biography
Format: Print
Selection Process: WorldCat search of “Young Adult Biographies”

This biography is about Steve Jobs and his journey from his very beginning as an adopted child, to being a gifted student, to a college drop out, to the man who built the first Apple computer in his parents’ basement. There are many known stories in the biography, but also many that are surpris...more
Elizabeth Jose
Blumenthal, K. (2012). Steve Jobs: The man who thought different: a biography. New York: Feiwel and Friends.
Genre: Biography
Format: Print
Selection Process: YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Finalist

Steve Jobs: arrogant, insane, relentless genius. As with all brilliant minds of the last century, he had quirks that most could not understand or come to terms with. Blumenthal portrays Jobs as all of this and more in this biography that depicts how one man’s visi...more
Having already read Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs, I didn't really learn anything new about him in this one, but I did enjoy the way Blumenthal used his 2005 commencement address at Stanford to frame the story of Jobs' life.

This biography is accessible to younger readers and is, overall, inspiring. Despite his idiosyncrasies and his difficulties relating to other people, Jobs certainly provided an innovative spark that revolutionized the way we communicate today.

As a person who is old enoug...more
Weston W.
This book goes into an in depth view of the innovator Steve Jobs. It shows his childhood friends, adulthood, and even gives information about things that were initially hidden from the public. This book travels through his child hood and on up to the day he died. With expertly written words that describe with clarity, the author tells the full truth.
What I mean by truth is that it is not filled with thoughts that he was a great person, or that he was bad. The Author did a great job of exposin...more
Name: Michelle Muro
Citation: Blumenthal, K. (2012). Steve Jobs: The man who thought different. New York, NY: Feiwel & Friends.
Genre: Biography
Format: Print
Selection Process: YALSA Website


Blumenthal uses the outline of Steve Jobs’ Stanford commencement speech to write this interesting biography. Starting from his adoption at birth, she narrates his life as he eventually drops out of college, creates Apple with his friend Steve Wozniack in his parents’ garage, becomes a husband and fat...more
This portrayal of Jobs has changed my view of him. He was a man who cared for only what he thought and seemed a bully. Not an endearing portrayal, he was harsh, a bully, didn't share his fortune and single minded even to the detriment of his health and family, but he was responsible for several remarkable changes to the business landscape.
As the author says " he wasn't the creator of the personal computer, but he was the voice and the face of the revolution. He didn't make the wonderful Pixar m...more
نجحت القاصة / الراوية بشكل كبير بتحويل سيرة ذاتية كلاسيكية إلى قصة مسالية تجبرك على متابعتها .. كما نجحت في نزع هاة القداسة والعبقرية عن مؤسس أبل برواية القصة بحيادية فهو رجل له من العيوب مثل ما له من المزايا إن لم يكن أكثر

قصة جديرة بالقراءة لكل محبط في عالم الأعمال وكل ملحد أيضاً فكثيراً ما يسخر الله القدر بشكل غريب ليخدم أشخاصا كتب لهم الرزق في مكان ما أو بطريقة ما ..

بالنسبة لي كان اجمل ما في الكتاب تلك الإضائات والقصص الجانبية في نهاية كل فصل كنت اتوق لإنهاء الفصل لقرائءة القصص الجانبية مثل...more
This gracefully written biography of the founder and spirit behind Apple computers and the iworld covers is grand reading. Organizing her material around the three stories he told at his Stanford University commencement speech, Blumenthal covers his life from conception and adoption to death as well as his remarkable career. There's plenty about the business world and about the development of personal computers but also details of his personal habits - eating, bathing, dressing - that will intri...more

As a version of the biography this one is pretty good, it tells most of the important aspects of Steve's life
One of the things I didn't like, or didn't find in it to be precise is the after getting fired from apple period, before establishing next
Also one of the things I didn't like the author is telling the story as a longer version of the Steve's 3 Stanford stories, reflecting the event of the biography to it many times, If it was me I would have found a better way to tell the story
Except of...more
Assem Al-shwadify
تعلمت من هذا الكتاب أشياءاً رائعة عن الإرادة والتحدي والتحفيز والأناقة والإبداع والتسويق والقيادة .. وفتح لي آفاقاً جديدة في الدعوة والتربية والعلاقات الإنسانية.
Timothy Neesam
I know Walter Isaacson wrote the book that is regarded as the definitive biography of Steve Jobs. Karen Blumenthal has, however, provided us with a great overview of Jobs' life, using Jobs' 2005 commencement address at Stanford as a road map to explain Jobs' many idiosyncrasies as well as examples of what made him something of a visionary. It's a short book, clocking in at under 200 pages, but I read it with interest in almost one sitting. Quite a jerk (really, quite a jerk), but given I'm writi...more
After I read this book i was obsessed with Steve jobs for a couple of months, I still am but I've calmed down a bit.
I love the honesty of this book. I hate when biographers completely worship their subjects. The author of this book does not do this. Jobs' character flaws are transparent through out the book. The biggest problem I have with the book in the chronology. Particularly the choppiness of events having to do with relationships. I also thought their were parts which were condescending and repetitive for the reader. However, the tone of the book is engaging and the book was painless to get through. The...more
As a little kid loved to take items apart and put them together. One time when he was re-building a toy, his dad asked him to go to dinner. He refused, he would never give up on the toy he was re-building. It was that determination that changed the world of technology. Jobs is best known as a young entrepreneur, but should also be recognized for his determined actions because he never gave up on what wanted, he didn’t let his resignation affect him, and he ignored what others said about him.

Brady Snedden
Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different, by Karen Blumenthal, is a biography about the charming life of Steve Jobs. This biography delivers a pressing tale of a quirky young boy who becomes one of the most influential and successful men in the world, and shows that not everyone is a perfect person. Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different is a great book for someone who wants to get a good idea of Jobs’ life, without getting too bogged down by the deeper details.

For someone who did not know m...more
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