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Bill Gates is many things: the richest person in the world; the ruthless businessman who co-founded Microsoft and led it to domination of the computer software industry; and now, the leading global philanthropist. When Gates was born in 1955, no one in the world owned a personal computer. A window had a pane of glass. A mouse was a rodent. As a teenager, Gates realized how ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published December 26th 2008 by Viking Juvenile
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The main problem with this book is that Aronson tries so very hard to be fair minded and even handed in this book that it is sometimes a bit hard to get a sense of the real Bill Gates. Although, maybe that is the point, that very few people know the real Bill Gates and they aren't talking so everyone else is more or less guessing. This focuses on his youth and computer beginnings, skim the years Microsoft became established and dominant then slowed down and discussed his retirement from Microsof ...more
This biography was a very well structured book in the sense of informational facts. It was packed with statistics and facts about how Bill Gates, the richest man in the world, got to where he was. It also included tips and quotes on how to get to where he was. He started of with nothing but a very small company with a group of friends. At one point a week after his company got listen on the stock market, he wanted to sell all his stocks but instead he kept with his hope of one day making it big. ...more
Amjad Badenjki

Bill Gates is a Guinness. Bill Gates was the creator of Windows. He had this incredible idea that stunned the world. Bill Gates didn't finish university. Lots of people like Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs and many more got lucky but dropped out of university. In any case, Bill Gates had an idea for Microsoft and it was to create a software.

Bill Gates is the creator of Microsoft. In 1975, Bill Gates purposed an idea for a new software. Sometimes people get lucky and their ideas get listened
Synopsis- This book describes the life of bill gates with it's ups and downs includuing the release of Windows 95 and the death of his best friend Kent. His story of becoming a millionare is all in here. Read more to find out.

Classifacation-Target audience: 14+,male
purpose: information
manner of expression
*setting: everywhere bill lived
*plot: expressive
*style: informitive

Criticism- this was a ok literature but not the best. I mean it is beliveable, the writing style leavs some to be
Mohammad Jalili
Accurate foreseen of future
Very informative
good statistics
This book captures the life of Bill Gates exceptionally well. Although many people say that this was not a full description for every small detail, keep in mind that this book was written for 12 years & up Obviously Marc Aronson will not go into such detail that the average 6th or 7th grader can handle. I definitely recommend this book to anyone that is interested in Bill Gates or the history of the internet!
A slim, well-researched biography about Bill Gates and the history of Microsoft. The only history of Microsoft I knew was what I learned from the movie The Pirates of Silicon Valley, so it was nice to learn what happened behind-the-scenes with Bill, Paul Allen, Steve Jobs, and the other now-millionaire nerds who got in on the ground floor of a good thing. It was interesting even to this non-techie.
Boring....I was hoping this would give us some insight into the 'ADHD' diagnosis and Aspergers that apparently Bill has lived with, successfully. It didn't and if you have been close to the tech. industry you know this story all to well.

The only thing I learned was that is his a father of 3....interesting.
This book was good and mainly facts. The author didn't show bias and inside the book criticized other Bill Gates biographies then after says to read them. It also mentions a lot about his rich lifestyle.
Noah Rodriguez
This book is interesting to read... It is a good biography on Bill Gates. It is cool to learn how bill gates became rich and a Successful person. I do recommend that this book is to be checked out.
Bill Gates has a difficult personality. He is not the warm, friendly type of person I enjoy. His wealth is questional. I wasn't impressed or inspired by his life.
Ezekiel Carsella
Loved the writers style with how he wrote it and the fact a friend of mine was mentioned in it!
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Aronson has won many awards for his books for young readers and has a doctorate in American history. His lectures cover educational topics such as mysteries and controversies in American history, teenagers and their reading, the literary passions of boys, and always leave audiences asking for more.
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