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Google It: A History of Google

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Think. Invent. Organize. Share. Don't be evil. And change the world.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin started out as two Stanford college students with a wild idea: They were going to organize the world's information. From that one deceptively simple goal, they created one of the most influential and innovative companies in the world. The word “google” has even entered our vocabu
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Published August 14th 2018 by Feiwel Friends
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Mary S. R.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.75 INSPIRING STARS! minds will be blown, jaws dropped, brains buzzed, and hearts warmed!
“You have to be a little bit silly about the goals you are going to set. There is a phrase I learned in college called, ‘Having a healthy disregard for the impossible.’ That really is a good phrase. You should try to do things that most people would not.”
I feel light and jubilant and full of life ... I could walk out of that door now, looking to the distant impossible horizon, without batting an eye!
Richie Partington
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
Richie’s Picks: GOOGLE IT: A HISTORY OF GOOGLE by Anna Crowley Redding, Feiwel & Friends, August 2018, 240p., 978-1-250-14822-3

“I want my MTV”
-- Sting, appearing on Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing” (1985). Back in the 1980s, I watched a lot of MTV. These days, I get my music video fix anytime I want to by visiting Google’s YouTube website.

I wanted to know what year that song was released, so I googled it.

Meet Sergey Brin and Larry Page, the founders of Google:

“In 2009, thirty years after Sergey
Jane Crowley
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent read. Being an educator, I can think of a 100 ways to motivate students with this book. The writing is concise And the explanations easy to understand. I would buy a classroom set. The way the story of Larry and Sergei is told gives the reader an in-depth view of the “Don’t Give Up” attitude those men have. My most impressive fact was how they encourage others to think outside the box. Totally enjoyed this read.
Lisa Brennan
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Looking for an ideal “all school read”? Choose “Google It: A History of Google.” Want to inspire a reluctant teen reader? Match them with “Google It.” Know anyone who is interested in learning about innovation, technology, corporate America, economics, or US History from 1999 through present? “Google It” is the book that will make all the elements of any Social Studies Class synthesize into meaningful matter for today’s Millennials. In fact, Anna Crowley Redding’s book accomplishes exactly what ...more
Wow. I picked this book up from the library as a joke because it was lying there on display and I was like, "hahaha a YA book about Google? Uhhh yeah why not I can laugh with my cousin about it."

And that. Was. The. Best. Decision. Ever.

Now I feel so knowledgeable about Google. Ah, it feels so nice to finally know things...

Y'all should read this!! Seriously!!

And schools should teach history the way this book taught me Google history!!!!

PS This is a demonstration of good advertising because I low-
Darlene Ivy
A conversational, fun, and sassy read for preteen to adult, Google It! is a wonderful introduction to Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google’s founders, from their first meeting to today. Google has always excelled at asking “What if?” and pursuing possibilities. The last section discusses Google’s research and development projects and gives us a glimpse of what's to come—things like computer-assisted medical diagnostics, personal flying cars, computers in your jacket, stratospheric balloons to prov ...more
Nicole Cooper
Aug 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Some fascinating facts about how Google became Google with moments of inspiration.
Kathleen Currie Smith
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a super interesting look at how Google has evolved and the world events that led to different advancements. The writing is conversations, with anecdotes and humor sprinkled in. I liked the theme of embracing failure throughout! Definitely recommend!
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This would be a good introduction to Google and the development of technology for just about anyone. I knew some of the content but overall it was informative and had an interesting layout. The book was type set to mimic the hyperlink environment so if something was referred to there was a box explaining what the term meant. At first, it was annoying but with time it fit with the subject matter. I think this would be an important read for teens for two reasons. The history of Google and the work ...more
David Laffitte
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been in the world of communications, computers and software for over 50 years. There have been many great stories that I have seen unfold in the people and companies that I've known as a friend, employee, user or customer. Few of these companies have been fortunate to have had a talented author chronicle their beginnings, their growth and acclaim. Anna Crowley Redding has done this for Google, a world-changing phenomenon. Her telling of the Google story starts at the beginnings of Google, r ...more
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I learned so much I didn't know about Google from this terrific book. (For example, did you know one of the founders came to the U.S. as a refugee? That had to have helped inform their choice to use "Don't be evil" as their company motto!)

It's fascinating, chock-full of facts, and laid out in a very engaging and accessible manner that makes sure you're always laughing or amazed. Easy to pick up and read in short bursts and jump around if that's your preference, but also a quick read if you want
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
For those of us who remember life before Google, the first half of the book is a stroll down memory lane. Redding does a great job of pointing out just how radically the internet and Google have changed our everyday lives. She takes corporate history and makes it interesting for young teen and adult readers alike. The book seems a bit less sharp when describing recent history of the company, probably because so many of Google's current initiatives are shrouded in a level of secrecy. Still, a hig ...more
Aaron Hess
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As human beings living in the twenty-first century, we have all experienced Google in some form. Google is a powerful search engine that is used over 3.5 billion times a day. The book Google It: A History of Google by Anna Crowley Redding is a book that dives deep into the history and origins of the company and shares the stories of the people that turned a college thesis project into a multi-billion dollar company.

Redding uses a variety of methods to capture the reader’s attention which makes t
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is great for any Internet lover! Full of fun facts while accurately describing the development of this powerhouse company. I loved this book and think it will spark an interest in young readers.
Joshua Ong
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent, perfectly digestible read about Google and its humble beginnings.
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-nonfiction
From the first page, a fascinating read about the two men who "wanted to organize the internet" for their dissertation projects and ended up "changing the world" when they created Google. I did not realize how much "Google" influences my life and how much more it may do so in the future; and I did not realize how Googlers learned as they went, always in pursuit of helping their users. In the beginning, you could only use Google to search text based info on the web, but then when everyone wanted ...more
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
GOOGLE IT!: A History of Google provides a young adult friendly overview of the past, present and, even future of Google, and readers likely won’t have to Google a thing while reading! I selected the term “overview” intentionally as it touches on one of my criticisms of the book. However, the book also has numerous positive qualities worth touting.

First, it utilizes a narrative nonfiction writing style that makes the reading accessible and engaging. The type of nonfiction writing in GOOGLE IT in
Kelly Fredericks
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Who doesn’t love a good backrub? I know it seems odd that I am opening up my letter today talking about something other than books and literary things. Stay with me though, I can explain. I am sure you have heard of the multi-billion dollar company, Google. But did you know that its original name was “Backrub” (no joke)? Well I sure didn’t. If you are even slightly curious about this piece of Google history, then I urge you to check out Anna Crowley Redding’s hot new YA book, Google It: A Histor ...more
Donna Smith
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-school
Overall, this is a fun and fascinating read about the history, mission, and future plans of Google written specifically for YA audiences but with appeal for anyone! I love the way this book presents quick interesting facts. Interestingly, this print book uses blue ink not black, and various modern fonts with chunks of information on pages that mimic webpages. In the past, webpages tended to mimic print books. Today, print books often mimic webpages. Information is chunked. Fonts are various siz ...more
Thomas Maluck
Dec 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tnf
An attractive review of Google's accomplishments and how they revolutionized various fields, but acknowledging the company's flaws could have gone deeper than flatly citing "controversy" and moving on to more gee-wiz praise. Segments written in blue-on-blue text add a challenge for the eyes. Here's a shortcut: Larry and Sergey are dreamers who don't believe in limits, which is why Google changes the world and we peons simply read about it. ...more
Kate Schwarz
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
This is a young adult book that my 11 year old daughter has read at least three times and suggested I read it. While I didn’t love the style (extra information is thrown in between the text on every page, which is interesting back story but disruptive to the larger story), it’s a great young adult option. And I learned a TON about a company I use multiple times a day. I didn’t know how it was founded, it’s cash-poor path to success, and I really didn’t know about all the innovative, cool initiat ...more
Andreas Jorgensen
It was alright.
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book hooked me from the beginning. It's amazing how fast we forget life before Google. It was fun to read about the history of this company and how much it has changed my life. Entertaining. ...more
Christopher Scott Pua
This book provides a short and light account of Google from its start to 2018. It is a good starting point for kids and even adults who have a little interest in technology. It is not a critical analysis of Google. It is too basic for advanced audiences. The author's bio states that she writes these stories for young readers and this book suits the target audience. ...more
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, nonfiction
What a fun read! Google It is an accessible, fun, and thought provoking look at the creativity that went into founding Google (essentially, a homework assignment gone bananas!), and the subsequent evolution of what quickly became one of the biggest companies in the world. From the initial start-up straight through innovative technologies like Google Glass, drone delivery service, self-driving cars and wearable technology, Redding lays out an easily readable and engaging timeline of Google's humb ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good reading up how Google was started all from scratch ,by Stanford students Larry and Sergey.The book is not too detailed on technical details of Google technology but touches how all Google products have been consummated in the now Alphabet company .More details on Google struggles in real world would have been added value
Maxwell Jesme
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
For someone like me who's interested in optimizing a system to near perfection or starting a company, this book is fascinating. It goes into detail about both the way Google works and the men who created it themselves. I was surprised to see how they started Google on a shoestring budget and didn't start making money until years later, and happy to see that they put their vision for Google ahead of the bottom line. I was even more surprised that Google grew from such humble beginnings to the tec ...more
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Google It: A History of Google by Anna Crowley Redding, 230 pages. NON-FICTION Feiwel and Friends, 2018. $20.

Content: Language: G; Mature Content: PG; Violence: G.



Larry Page and Sergey Brin were Stanford students together who didn’t always get along but challenged the way each other thought. They decided to work together on their thesis project and came up with a way to organize the world's internet information, and called it Backrub. T
Laura Gardner
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Essential purchase alert!
I found this informative, funny and well written. It’s full of anecdotes and images and is beautifully laid out. Author @annacrowleyredding employs a conversational tone that will appeal to readers of all ages. My favorite part is probably the opening segment that asks readers to imagine a Google-free world where information is not quickly available. Also—I loved learning random facts about the founders of Google (their parents were disappointed they dropped out of
Marianne Laffitte
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Google It may be considered a book for young adults, but why should they have all the fun? I am from the party-line era and I was thoroughly entertained and educated by this book. I enjoyed following the riveting story of Larry and Sergey, meeting in grad school and their journey to developing one of the most valuable tech companies in the world. In addition, I loved the educational sidebars, cool photos and illustrations.

Google It made me appreciate the phenomenal advances in technology during
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Before diving into the deep end of writing books, Anna Crowley Redding’s first career was as an Emmy-award winning investigative television reporter, anchor, and journalist. The recipient of multiple Edward R. Murrow awards and recognized by the Associated Press for her reporting, Anna now focuses her stealthy detective skills on digging up great stories for young readers — which, as it turns out, ...more

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