iWoz
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

iWoz

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  4,662 ratings  ·  463 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...more
Hardcover, 313 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 2006)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Steve Jobs by Walter IsaacsonHackers by Steven LevyGhost in the Wires by Kevin D. MitnickThe Cuckoo's Egg by Clifford StolliWoz by Steve Wozniak
Silicon Valley
5th out of 200 books — 217 voters
Delivering Happiness by Tony HsiehiWoz by Steve WozniakThe Pixar Touch by David A. PriceSteve Jobs by Walter IsaacsonThe Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick
Top Business Biographies
2nd out of 40 books — 10 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
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...more
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...more
James Williams
Dec 04, 2013 James Williams rated it 1 of 5 stars
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...more
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...more
Deanna
May 01, 2008 Deanna rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
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...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
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...more
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...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
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
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Ismael Galvan
First off, I don't care about computers or engineering. I'm also not a Apple whore. That being said, I loved the book. Wozniak is cool dude with a ton of brains. I don't agree with everyone accusing him of being arrogant. The guy is passionate about what he does, and the rest of the world can kiss his ass.

Wozniak begins when he was a kid just crazy about electronics. He, along with his friends, built an intercom system connecting their houses. That's every kid's dream when they're in elementary...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
Maggie
wozniak was most definitely a player and made a huge difference in the early years of development of the personal computer, and the book is an excellent history of this developmental period as well as giving readers a solid explanation of how the pc works. kudos. beyond that though (although that alone is a good reason to read the book!) it is amazing how smart and clever (in a most positive meaning) this computer engineer is while at the same time having such a juvenile understanding of life. j...more
Melinda
This is book is very worthwhile to read... but perhaps for not the most obvious reasons. It is not well written. Understanding Steve Wozniak's distrust of people who tell the story of the founding of Apple and get it wrong, I think he decided to write this book himself and not trust anyone who might twist it into something else. He is an engineer, in the truest and best sense, and he is an introvert. These things come out in the book, and make it a much different read perhaps than might be expec...more
Dan Brock


I quit! On page 52 I finally became so tired of the "I am the best, the smartest, the most athletic, the most wonderful . . ." that I give up. The biography of Steve Jobs made Wozniak sound like a brilliant, shy, introspective and under appreciated genius, but Wozniak's own autobiography disproved that. I'm also tired of the insulting parenthetical notes that insult the readers intelligence, explaining basic math and computer concepts that a 6th grader should know by now. But he does say severa...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...more
Margaret
If I could give this book minus stars I would. If I don't give any stars it will look like I did not rate it. What a self-indulgent, poorly written, description of a first class loser. If his goal was to set the record straight, it does that -- you can see why others came not to want to have anything to do with him. His "practical jokes" often make him an oversized jerk. His use of wealth to through a music party is the act of someone who wants attention. Don't bother with the book. There were n...more
Ben Galbraith
What a curious book! I have read bits and pieces about Steve Wozniak through the years, but never heard anything from the horse's mouth--until I read this book. Plenty have likely pointed out some very obvious flaws in this book, from Woz being perhaps a bit less than humble to the frankly mind-numbing repetitiveness of the book. But ignoring the problems with the prose, what emerges from the book is a picture of a great man, someone who is a genuinely good person and blessed with a very specifi...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Revolution in The Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made
  • iCon: Steve Jobs, the Greatest Second Act in the History of Business
  • Idea Man
  • Fire in the Valley: Making of the Personal Computer
  • The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company
  • Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire
  • Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins of the Internet
  • Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution
  • The Second Coming of Steve Jobs
  • Return to the Little Kingdom: Steve Jobs, the Creation of Apple, and How It Changed the World
  • Inside Steve's Brain
  • I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59
  • What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry
  • Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary
  • The Search: How Google and Its Rivals Rewrote the Rules of Business andTransformed Our Culture
  • One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker
  • Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age
3767
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.
More about Steve Wozniak...
iWoz. De genio de la informática a icono de culto. Cómo inventé el ordenador personal, fui cofundador de Apple y me divertí con ello The Official Computer Freaks Joke Book (The Larry Wilde Joke Book Series) Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker Revolution in The Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security

Share This Book

“Artists work best alone. Work alone.” 42 likes
“I hope you're as lucky as I am. The world needs inventors--great ones. You can be one. If you love what you do and are willing to do what it really takes, it's within your reach. And it'll be worth every minute you spend alone at night, thinking and thinking about what it is you want to design or build. It'll be worth it, I promise.” 13 likes
More quotes…