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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
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Published February 14th 2012 by Square Fish (first published February 1st 2012)
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Sudhakar The book is obviously written for Adults but contains nothing that can offend young readers. But I guess it may not be interesting. Also the author is…moreThe book is obviously written for Adults but contains nothing that can offend young readers. But I guess it may not be interesting. Also the author is neutral and not a worshipper of Steve Jobs and puts certain facts about his character - arrogance,selfishness,dishonesty etc.. bluntly that could influence them if not mature enough to understand.(less)

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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
Ahmed Radwan
النظرة الخارجية للكتاب ستخبرك بأنه سيرة ذاتية لستيف جوبز
ولكنه في الحقيقة أقرب إلى رواية واقعية تحمل بين طياتها الكثير من الفوائد

بعد عدة صفحات من التصفح، أغراني بالإستمرار حتى انتهيت منه في يومين

كتاب رائع يسرد لك قصة حياته بطريقة بسيطة جميلة مشوقة
تجمع المؤلفة من مصادر عدة وتروي بدون مجاملات، السلبيات قبل الايجابيات
لا تشعر بالملل وليست بالطويلة كعادة السير الذاتية
رائعة التفاصيل الواقعية بحيث تشعر بأنك أمام نموذج يمكنك اتباعه والاقتداء به بل وتحقيق ما حققه!
ليست كـ كثير من السير الذاتية المعاصرة، عب
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
“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
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
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
"Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different" by Karen Blumenthal is a biography that demonstrates how Jobs overcame his struggles to follow his dreams. When Steve Jobs was adopted because his bilogical parents were too young to take care of him, he was expected to live with a wealthy family to guarantee him an opportunity to go to college. However, Jobs was raised by people who could barely get by, only allowed to keep Steve after they promised that he would go to college. When he grew up, he was ...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
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
حسين المتروك
الكتاب يحكي سيرة حياة استثنائية،
هل ترغب بقراءة مُختصرة لكتاب (ستيف جوبز) الذي كتبه (والتر إزاكسون) يُمكنك ذلك هُنا. فالكاتبة كتبت الكتاب وكأنّه تلخيص للكثير من الكُتب.

المُدهش في هذا الكتاب أنّه كُتب بأسلوب روائي جميل!.
- شخصية ستيف مُلهمة في العديد من المجالات، ولعل أهمّها رغبته بترك أثر.
- خطابه في جامعة ستنافورد هو حجر الأساس لهذا الكتاب.
- مبدأ (استحضار الموت) كان حاضراً في كافّة مراحل حياة ستيف، وهذا ما دفعه للإنجاز في مجال التكنولوجيا على وجه الخصوص.

الكتاب مُحفّز للإنجاز.
Hiba Ahmed
Steve Jobs was known for his stubborn attitude and his demanding and harsh personality. All he wanted was to pursue his dreams in technology, and to in some way change the world. Apple was just the beginning of his dreams. Steve Jobs created Apple with his partner Steve Wozniak and started by selling a few of those bulky computers that could hardly do much. As business grew, Jobs was more hated for his behavior. To make things worse, his girlfriend Chrisann Brennan became pregnant and Steve Jobs ...more
This was a book bought for me by my grandmother because she knew I liked non-fiction, and thought that reading the story of Steve Jobs would be inspiring, but inspired was not the reaction that this book gave me. This book made me absolutely abhor Steve Jobs, from what I read he seemed like a greedy self centered man that knows little about computers and just happened to be in the right place at the right time. For starters he created none of the architecture for the apple computers all of the w ...more
I couldn't decide weather to give this book a three or a two so I gave it a three. The reason I couldn't decide is because I like biographies that are exciting. This book just didn't seem to excite me as much. I didn't feel very engaged in the book because it was a lot of facts about the Apple company being thrown at me. One thing I did like about the book was when it was talking about Steve Jobs life outside of Apple. I wish that there was more of that information in the book. I thought Steve J ...more
Vinuoc C.
I started reading this book after selecting it from the bookshelf in the ELA classroom. As Steve Jobs was a very inspiring person to me, I started reading the book, and it proved to be very interesting.
In the biography, I was mostly interested by the entire timeline, especially parts describing his friendships and collaborations with his friends and buddies who were also interested in the same topics as him. However, the sections of the story, in my opinion, were very tedious and the repetition
Andrew Ye
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Amit Sarker
Steve Jobs, a man who thought different was truly an amazing book to read. It talks about how one adopted youth who was a hippie and relied heavily on drugs had decided to create one of the world’s most innovating things in the world. The book really transforms his biography into a compelling story which makes you feel as if you’re in the story yourself. I think that the book should be read by many people because it allows me to think about how this could possibly relate to my life and how at so ...more
I chose to read the book Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different because it is a book about Steve Jobs and because it describes him as “fired” and “dropout” on the back.
One thing that impressed me was the characters. The book describes how all the characters that affected Jobs’ life in great detail, explaining how they started to when they left his life. On page 12 and 13, it describes how one teacher, Mrs. Imogene Hill helped transform Steve. “Within a few weeks of having Jobs in her class,
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 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
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
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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--his exacting moderation for perfection, his counterculture life approach, and his level of taste and style that
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
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
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
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
Matthew Escobedo
I thought this book was great. It was filled with facts about Jobs that i never knew. The author Karen Blumenthal gives a great portrayal of Jobs. Her book is based off of many different sources including the official biography by Walter Issacson. This book is basically a simplified version of Isaacson's book, it is more for teens. I am now interested into watching the Steve Jobs movie and learning more about his reign as a genius.
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
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