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iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  5,229 ratings  ·  492 reviews
The mastermind behind Apple sheds his low profile and steps forward to tell his story for the first time.

Before cell phones that fit in the palm of your hand and slim laptops that fit snugly into briefcases, computers were like strange, alien vending machines. They had cryptic switches, punch cards and pages of encoded output. But in 1975, a young engineering wizard named
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Published December 1st 2006 by Tantor Audio (first published 2006)
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Jackie
I gave up.

Edit: To give this a bit more depth, let me explain. Steve Wozniak is a brilliant man, a kind man, a wonderful man. I'd love to have him as a friend, family member, coworker (I said the opposite of Jobs when reading his biography). He just simply cannot write. Every page reads like an excited little boy who just came home from school (And then I built this project. And then I pushed the "on" button. And the lights didn't work. But I learned a lot. And I tried a new project for the scie
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Gale Jake
Woz...One hell of a big ego, almost too mich to bear.

Although this book is an interesting glimpse at the early Apple days and the Apple I and II, many of Woz's claims did not ring true for me.

I was with Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) from 1973 to 1983 (2nd largest computer company at the time) and many of the "1sts. or breaktgroughs" claimed by Woz had been already done by DEC and others.

In my opinion, Apple' s world game-changer was the Lisa. Its graphics windows user interface and its s
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James Williams
Dec 04, 2013 James Williams rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Woz, and reads at a third grade level
Steve Wozniak is one of my heros. He's a brilliant engineer who changed the world just by doing what he loved to do and doing it well. His sense of humor is legendary and wonderful. I love me some Woz.

So I pre-ordered iWoz as soon as I heard about it and couldn't wait for the Amazon box to arrive at my door.

Boy was I disappointed. The writing for this book is atrocious. It uses small words and basic, repetitive sentence structure. It's boring to read. The stories are interesting but definitely
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Peter Tieryas
I actually heard Wozniak speak at Berkeley more than a decade ago and had always been curious to learn more about him. And while I've read a ton of material about Steve Jobs, this was a fascinating portrayal of Wozniak by Wozniak. I wrote some of my thoughts over on my blog and it was less of a review and more me just quoting some of the things I loved from the book:

"You know, it’s strange, but right around the time I started working on what later became the Apple I board, this idea popped into
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Ken
One of my favorite literary genres is the origin story. How did a great thing get invented, how did a great person become great. This one is the story of how Steve Wozniak invented the personal computer at a very young age, and helped found Apple Computer.

This is a very breezy read, pretty obviously dictated and barely edited. It’s like sitting in a room with Steve Wozniak as he tells you his life story, with some diversions and some humorous anecdotes thrown in. I finished it in a weekend, and
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Deanna
May 01, 2008 Deanna rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Deanna by: brother-in-law (but even he wasn't impressed with the book)
Ok, I do have to admit that I haven't finished the book (nor do I want to at this point - but someday I may pick up where I left off.) I was first interested in reading this because I thought that the guy who invented Apple "must" be a pretty interesting guy. Maybe he is...but it doesn't come across in this book. He comes across as the most arrogant, self-centered, self-important person EVER! I know that autobiographies are about one's life - but I guess I am more drawn to people who can give an ...more
Gil
This book is a very difficult read. I have tremendous respect for Woz, but this book was so poorly written and had such a conceited narrative that I struggled big time. I can't believe he had a co-author. This book grates on my nerves because of the writing style. I've tried to read it twice now unsuccessfully. iWoz is pretty arrogant and annoying.
Brooks
What a goody-two shoes. I was not very impressed – a little light on the insights. The only areas he went into detail was on some discoveries – like when he built a middle school science project that used logic circuits, the original Apple II board, his work with Attari, and his design for a universal remote. He went through two divorces and raised two kids and we have a total a few paragraphs on these events. The one area I wanted to know more about was the start up of Apple. He goes into some ...more
Ken
iWoz was a good autobiography of an interesting man. Many comments in other reviews mention the self-centered and/or patronizing sound, but it may not be his intention, and for those who know him, it may not be seen that way. Maybe the editors should have told him how it was coming off to strangers, but I tried to give him the benefit of the doubt. It may be that he possesses genius of a level that crowds out some social conventions, so he doesn't know that explaining things that are very techni ...more
Rohan
I do not think this book does justice to what Steve Woznaik and Steve Jobs accomplished. In fact, reader must know that this book is about Woznaik as a person and not about Apple or Steve Jobs.

From an engineers point of view, this book is interesting in parts. You get a good understanding of what goes on within an engineer's head. You get a good personal account of interesting stories involving Woznaik. One story really bothered me: Woznaik's investments with the concerts which ended up with hi
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David Natiuk
I really enjoyed Steve's book. It made me want to be an engineer so much that I actually opened up and played with my son's SNAPCircuits set! I think I missed my calling. But seriously, Woz is a fascinating character... a mix of brilliant engineer, and positive free-spirit, change-the-world man.

I was growing up at the time of the computer revolution and I'm now curious about the computers behind all those video games I used to play. The story of Wozniak's original creations and advancements tie
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Gayle
A personal memoir, and a important counterpart to all the Svengali-like portrayals of Steve Jobs as the evil genius behind Apple. Because in the beginning there were the Two Steves, each a necessary part of the original Apple, and in this book, Steve Wozniak steps out from behind Jobs' shadow with a grin and a wave.

Woz is a study in stereotypes--a brilliant engineer who thinks in electrons, and a socially-inept geek who can't talk to girls. A guy who wants to change the world for the better, and
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Mike Ogilvie
This is a great book for anybody at least mildly interested in techno-geek stuff, the history of our information age, or if you just like a good autobiography.

I knew previously that Steve Wozniak was part of the force behind building the original Apple PC products. But I actually had no clue that he is all but single-handedly responsible for inventing the world's first Personal Computer. As an I.T. aficionado myself, that story line was inspiring. It's very uplifting for anyone who's got great i
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Gypsy
iWoz is a MUCH easier book to read than the Steve Jobs biography. I picked up this book because I was so irritated with Steve Jobs through the things I read in his biography, that I really needed to hear from another voice from the people that created the Apple computers.

This book came out in 2006, 5 years before Job's authorized biography was published. It was written in the first person so it feels like you're having a cup of coffee with Woz himself & just listening to him tell you his st
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Jason Butz
If you're reading this, you owe it to a guy named steve. If you're peering at this through a finger-smudged screen, thank Steve Jobs. If you have a crumb-filled keyboard in front of a display, you owe Steve Wozniak.

According to his own account in iWoz, everything in his life groomed him for his role in shaping the personal computer. His father was an engineer for Lockheed that instilled him a love of technology and a strong moral compass. He could see from a young age that computers were somethi
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Hriday
I am not an Apple fan boy. I liked this book.

I agree with most other reviewers who claim that this book does sound a bit braggy, i know it all types but hey, it is Steve Woz! I also agree that the writing style is not very literary but again, the co author has left it the way Woz would probably talk. This book doesnt claim to be a literary masterpiece nor is it lining up for the Booker/Pulitzer. Try Orhan Pamuk or Salman Rushdie if all you want is literariness. This is a book for Engineers/Techn
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Bob Oliver
I really enjoyed the majority of this book. But what I enjoyed was the part a lot of the reviewers complained about. I was fascinated with Steve's childhood and the forces and events that led him to co-found Apple. I couldn't get enough of the technical details and descriptions of the state of technology in the early days of computing. The quirky style of writing gives you insight into the way Wozniak thinks and was very valuable in understanding him. If it sounded more polished, it wouldn't be ...more
Pablo Honey
This is a worthy read for anyone interested in early personal computers and Steve Wozniak's development of the Apple I and Apple II, though people looking for a history of Apple the company or a general history of the PC revolution may be disappointed.

As mentioned in other reviews, this book basically reads like an extended conversation with Wozniak, which is both good and bad. The writing is straight forward and easy to follow, but it definitely could've used some editing (for example, when Woz
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Matt Bibby
This book was an interesting read. I wanted to get a different view of Apple, one that didn't center around Steve Jobs and I feel I got that. In fact, I think he did a little too good of a job there. One of the main reasons I wanted to get a different perspective is to see the relationship between Woz and Jobs. This book talks about Jobs, but as it goes on and Apple begins, he is hardly mentioned. I can understand his reasoning behind this, as I'm sure there would be resentment toward the man th ...more
Jack Treml
I was a little shocked with Woz' casual arrogance throughout his narrative. Several instances of this attitude shine through from his recollections of his childhood and the founding of Apple in the mid 70s, clear up to more recent work with the US festivals. Overall, this autobiography is written from a very personal perspective and in a conversational tone that was easy to read, but didn't suggest that much thought went into his past. On the positive side, it does a great job of providing a win ...more
Shelley J
I heard about the book on a podcast, and thought it sounded interesting. Its a biography of one of Apple computer co-founders, Steve Wozniak.

It recounts the sometimes serendipity of innovation and invention, but also too some of the genius that obviously was part of both Steve's. Woz comes off as arrogant at times, but not so much self-serving as perhaps just facts.

There is quite a lot of contextual information surrounding not just the birth of Apple computer, but also really the birth of pers
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Joel
Steve Wozniak = Crazy Technical Genius. I'm glad I ignored most reviews about this book. Anyone starting to read this book expecting to be wowed by a literary genius or amazing elaborate stories need to a reality check.

What I love about this book is that you totally get that Steve Wozniak is a pure bred engineer and anyone who has spent any significant amount of time with engineers would understand that his commentary is not about boasting or arrogance, it's simply the way engineers think! He e
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Kim
For anyone thinking about reading this book, I would highly recommend doing the audio version. While Woz is a engineering genius, he is not an English major. If you are a person who requires perfect grammar, then this book is probably not for you. But, if you like history of technology and are curious about a huge icon in the tech world, then give the book a try. Sure, like most autobiographies and memoirs, it is pretty self congratulatory and a little over the top in some parts. Autobiographies ...more
Jim
The book is in his voice and not heavily edited. Some people find may find that it's poorly written, bragging,annoying but I think the book is true to him. This is who he is: a guy who can write industry changing code overnight,whose hobby was to fill notebook after notebook with designs for a personal computer and is proud of it. An Engineer's Engineer.

I've heard a bunch of the Apple story a number of times so in some ways less interesting then I thought I'd find it.

He has a lot of nice thing
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Matt
Steve Wozniak is a fascinating personality and the father of the modern personal computer. His story deserves to be told in a manner befitting the impact he and his inventions have had on the world.

However, Woz, despite his genius with electronics, is not a writer. Nor, apparently, is his co-author. This book's writing is amateurish and unengaging. In the hands of a qualified biographer, this could have been one of the most arresting biographies of the last 30 years. Instead, it reads like a ver
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Robin
I know this one's been out for a while -- We recently watched the Steve Jobs movie. Sadly, it focused on what a schmuck Jobs appears to have been. I was hoping to learn more about the development of the personal computer and of apple as a company. Maybe this book does that? Wozniak looks happy in all the pictures.

Reluctantly, I have to agree with reviewers who put the book down because it is written so badly. Truly. It reads as though someone wrote down Wozniak's casual conversation. I wish the
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John Crowhurst
I've always had a place in my heart for Steve Wozniak and after reading his book it felt like I've have had the experience of what it was like to be the amazing engineer not just behind Apple but what happened leading up to Apple and what followed it.

The last chapter is pertinent to every budding young inventor that it should be something read out in schools worldwide.
Andrew
I chose this book because of my interest in computers. Also, I had seen the movie on Steve Jobs’ life and it said how Wozniak invented the monitor so I wanted to learn more about him. However, what impressed me most about this book had nothing to do with computers. What impressed me most was how Wozniak started to think more for himself as he got older. “Back in high school, I was for the war. My father told me our country was the greatest in the world, and my thinking was like his: that we had ...more
Khalid
A very interesting autobiography. Steve Wozniak is an interesting character, and this book shows how he thinks from his own perspective. It really excited me about reading other autobiographies.
Joey
All of us face challenges in our daily lives. From the small "what to wear" to larger life changing challenges, we all handle the stresses of life differently. In Steve Wozniak's "iWoz", we learn the true history of one of the most influential people in the entire history of computers from his own viewpoint. In this biography by Steve Wozniak himself, he takes us through the entire story of his life. Wozniak leaves nothing out when describing his relationship with apple. He begins with his small ...more
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Steve Wozniak has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and has received numerous awards, including the National Medal of Technology and the Heinz Award. He lives in California.
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