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Inventor. Visionary. Genius. Dropout. Adopted. Steve Jobs was the founder of Apple and he was all of these things. Steve Jobs has been described as a showman, artist, tyrant, genius, jerk. Through his life he was loved, hated, admired and dismissed, yet he was a living legend; the genius who founded Apple in his parent's garage when he was just 21 years-old, revolutionisin Inventor. Visionary. Genius. Dropout. Adopted. Steve Jobs was the founder of Apple and he was all of these things. Steve Jobs has been described as a showman, artist, tyrant, genius, jerk. Through his life he was loved, hated, admired and dismissed, yet he was a living legend; the genius who founded Apple in his parent's garage when he was just 21 years-old, revolutionising the music world. He single-handedly introduced the first computer that could sit on your desk and founded and nurtured a company called Pixar bringing to life Oscar wining animations Toy Story and Finding Nemo. So how did the man, who was neither engineer nor computer geek change the world we live in, making us want every product he touched? On graduation day in 2005, a fifty-year-old Steve Jobs said: 'Today I want to tell you three stories from my life, That's it. Just three stories'. The first story is about connecting the dots. My second story is about love and loss. My third story is about death. This is his story...Critically acclaimed author Karen Blumenthal takes us to the core of this complicated and legendary man, from his adoption and early years through to the pinnacles of his career, his dismissal from his duties at Apple (for being too disruptive and difficult) to the graduation where he gave the commencement speech just 6 years before his death, giving life to what were soon to become some of most famous quotes of his career, ending with the message: Stay Hungry.Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you. Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.


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Inventor. Visionary. Genius. Dropout. Adopted. Steve Jobs was the founder of Apple and he was all of these things. Steve Jobs has been described as a showman, artist, tyrant, genius, jerk. Through his life he was loved, hated, admired and dismissed, yet he was a living legend; the genius who founded Apple in his parent's garage when he was just 21 years-old, revolutionisin Inventor. Visionary. Genius. Dropout. Adopted. Steve Jobs was the founder of Apple and he was all of these things. Steve Jobs has been described as a showman, artist, tyrant, genius, jerk. Through his life he was loved, hated, admired and dismissed, yet he was a living legend; the genius who founded Apple in his parent's garage when he was just 21 years-old, revolutionising the music world. He single-handedly introduced the first computer that could sit on your desk and founded and nurtured a company called Pixar bringing to life Oscar wining animations Toy Story and Finding Nemo. So how did the man, who was neither engineer nor computer geek change the world we live in, making us want every product he touched? On graduation day in 2005, a fifty-year-old Steve Jobs said: 'Today I want to tell you three stories from my life, That's it. Just three stories'. The first story is about connecting the dots. My second story is about love and loss. My third story is about death. This is his story...Critically acclaimed author Karen Blumenthal takes us to the core of this complicated and legendary man, from his adoption and early years through to the pinnacles of his career, his dismissal from his duties at Apple (for being too disruptive and difficult) to the graduation where he gave the commencement speech just 6 years before his death, giving life to what were soon to become some of most famous quotes of his career, ending with the message: Stay Hungry.Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you. Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.

30 review for Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different: A Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Manal Omar

    I'm stamping this book with 5 stars- which i rarely do- for bias reasons if i may say, tho this does not rule out the author in anyway. An easy and quick read, summarizing the life of the man of our age Steve jobs. I'm considering this book as a starter to get my facts straight and know of the late Apple cofounder better, before truly embarking on a genuine exploration voyage of his life. This book made me just so eager to read Isaacson's, on whom i'm setting very high expectations. As to Jobs himsel I'm stamping this book with 5 stars- which i rarely do- for bias reasons if i may say, tho this does not rule out the author in anyway. An easy and quick read, summarizing the life of the man of our age Steve jobs. I'm considering this book as a starter to get my facts straight and know of the late Apple cofounder better, before truly embarking on a genuine exploration voyage of his life. This book made me just so eager to read Isaacson's, on whom i'm setting very high expectations. As to Jobs himself, i run out of words here, and i prefer to leave this review speechless indeed. speechless is more expressing in my case-now.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly

    “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 “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 dropout who worked for Atari but smelled so bad that they put him on the night shift. How in the world can a man like this go on to build the first Apple computer in his parents’ garage with his friend Steve Wozniak? We go along on Jobs’ journey as he tries to sell the first Apple computer to heading up a business that had sales exceeding $7.9 million by 1978. We learn how he was then fired from the company he founded, how he attempted to found a new computer company called NeXT (whose first computer cost $6500!), how he purchased Pixar and made the first full-length computer animated movie, and ultimately returned to Apple in 1996 when laptops they were building literally burst into flames because of faulty batteries. And later how he would move music from our desktop computers into the palm of our hands. Our world would never be the same. Steve Jobs’ life was a roller coaster, a series of stops and starts and rocket-launches forward. This biography captures all of it. And even though we know a lot of what he’s done, much of the stories still came as a surprise. One lesson that sticks with me is not one from him, but one he learned from his dad: You are building a beautiful wooden cabinet, but do you stick an old piece of plywood on the back because no one can see it? No. You’ll always know there is an old piece of plywood on the back. Don’t settle for okay.

  3. 4 out of 5

    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 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 speech about lessons in life (connecting dots, learning from fails, and to stay hungry and stay foolish) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6... Yet after reading about his biography, I sayI liked the book but didn't like Steve Jobs, yes he is passionate, workaholic, innovative person but in his search for perfectionism he was a dirty tyrant in his work who ate others rights, insulted others ideas and one of the worst team players ever!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Asma-Mekki-Daouadji

    ⚡️Hi readers! Aid Mubarak 🐏🧡 ———————————————————— ⚡️As we are hosting a reading rush! I decided to pick Steve jobs’ biography as a nonfiction book, and it is quietly provided me with fruitful information I didn’t use to know about Steve concerning his past, that he has been adopted, and mainly his real character that has been hidden through media! ⚡️Steve as a successful person is not fully successful in the image that we have in our minds, he is not the man you wish to work with, but he his the m ⚡️Hi readers! Aid Mubarak 🐏🧡 ———————————————————— ⚡️As we are hosting a reading rush! I decided to pick Steve jobs’ biography as a nonfiction book, and it is quietly provided me with fruitful information I didn’t use to know about Steve concerning his past, that he has been adopted, and mainly his real character that has been hidden through media! ⚡️Steve as a successful person is not fully successful in the image that we have in our minds, he is not the man you wish to work with, but he his the man you wish have long walks with. He is not the man you wish to dine with or you are going to get shocked with how little he eats and how much vegan he is! ⚡️Steve although his yells at Apple’s team, his demands to a more better version of things, can make what seems impossible into being fully possible. Although his rough character and his comments about everything, he succeeded to create what is simple and what is bottomless (as it is clear in iPhone no bottoms and wit each new iPhone they try to minimise the maximum) but people change and the ones who learn from their past to form a better future are the ones who deserve the name successful persona 👌 ⚡️The thing that I love about reading biographies and autobiographies is that you learn how that person started the whole idea, how they have not gave up and what mostly make Steve special is that he has never committed to do something he doesn’t love, and Apple for him is his first family. ⚡️Information: Steve is the one who brought the name apple and he used to consume much apple when he was alive, and for those who don’t know about his death, he has died due to a cancer in 2011 #dzreadingrush #stevejobs #stevejobsbiography #bookslife #algerianreader #algerianreaders

  5. 4 out of 5

    Theredheaded_Bibliomaniac

    The author Karen Blumenthal is Journalist who writes business biographies and has written biographies on many famous people. While writing this one she read many other biographies written on Steve Jobs (which are more than 10) And reconciled the things which she thought are important. . Other than the one by Walter Isaacson "The little kingdom" by Michael Moritz is rich in detailed reporting of Jobs early life. For his crazy fans . So back to Karen one. It had simple language. Easier than what we read The author Karen Blumenthal is Journalist who writes business biographies and has written biographies on many famous people. While writing this one she read many other biographies written on Steve Jobs (which are more than 10) And reconciled the things which she thought are important. . Other than the one by Walter Isaacson "The little kingdom" by Michael Moritz is rich in detailed reporting of Jobs early life. For his crazy fans . So back to Karen one. It had simple language. Easier than what we read normally. Considering that many non-readers read the biographies of their favourite icon, this is perfect for them. Easy language and fast narrative. I was thinking if biographies are like these then I can read atleast one each month 😂. Maybe I felt so coz I was very much interested in knowing more about him. Earlier I didn't have enough courage to read biography.. (Now I see that I have read around 6-7 biographies 🙈). . I was also kind off little fan of his. I had collected his newspaper cuttings (it will still be there somewhere). . When I saw that his personal life wasn't that good or iconic I was kind off disappointed. But we see many people make mistakes in young age and try to correct them later on. . Considering that some people don't even try to correct that I was kind off relieved that he atleast tried. (And he succeeded) . One thing which he was blessed with was supportive family.. The wife and children who understood that a person who is doing such an important work won't have all the time in his life for them, are blessing. . Many busy businessman have messed up marriage but he was lucky to have such a supportive family. It is important to find someone who has similar perspective towards life.. . The important thing which got me Inspired again was that he always followed his heart. These days we see the business advisors and all ask you to listen to brain and hustle. You definitely should hustle but when you have to achieve what your heart wants. When you will hustle for what your heart doesn't want it will be struggle and you might not even be happy. Then what's the use of struggle if you are not happy in the end. . I am the one who does what heart says and people used to laugh at me 🤣.. Well now I have Steve for support 😉 . And you all know what a brilliant businessman he was, product is in front of you. But yeah there are many lessons in his life. Even after one success he was hell bent on doing more and more. The creativity and brilliant innovative products. Coming out of failure more than once.. It was all very inspiring life. . Do read his biography from any author you want. It was brilliant life. With mistakes, failures and multiple success 🤘 . Truly an inspiration . He was difficult person to handle sometimes.. but who isn't ..? . And was perfectionist in developing his products, because if which his staff might have faced some issues but then.. how can you be a perfect businessman without that thirst for top level perfection...?

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ady Lam

    I was an 11 year old in primary school when I read Karen Blumenthal's biography of Steve Jobs. I'd previously been a staunch opponent to my mother's constant encouragement to read more non-fiction. However, this book was literally the catalyst for my current reading habits. I'd never read a more engaging biography and soon afterwards I read Blumenthal's biography of Hillary Clinton. I found both books so enjoyable I emailed Blumenthal with embarrassing grammar, gushing over how much I admired he I was an 11 year old in primary school when I read Karen Blumenthal's biography of Steve Jobs. I'd previously been a staunch opponent to my mother's constant encouragement to read more non-fiction. However, this book was literally the catalyst for my current reading habits. I'd never read a more engaging biography and soon afterwards I read Blumenthal's biography of Hillary Clinton. I found both books so enjoyable I emailed Blumenthal with embarrassing grammar, gushing over how much I admired her talent for writing biographies. I'm not going to include what I wrote in my email because my English teacher follows me, but this was her response: Dear Ady, I can't tell you how much I appreciate your kind note! It truly made my day! You are right--biography is hard! It's a challenge to capture the essence of a real, living person in the flat, written page and I spend a lot of time doing research to try to do that. Your note makes me feel very good about that work! I have one other biography, about Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart. It's no longer available in print, but I would be glad to send you a copy if you want to send me an address. You might also enjoy Bootleg, which is the story of prohibition. And I'm currently working on a book about Bonnie & Clyde, though it won't be out for a while. Thanks so much for taking the time to write and for sharing your experience. I hope the rest of your school year goes well! best, Karen Naturally, since I had the attention span of a goldfish back then (not much has changed), I was so excited to receive a response I completely ignored the fact that she offered to send me a copy and I still regret not replying to this day. I was more focused on the kind response she sent me. Though my later experiences taught me that there are many other authors that respond to their fan-mail with such thoughtfulness, there were a few that used auto-reply emails which led me to believe authors were incredibly busy and didn't really care about their readers, especially children. I decided to write this review four years after reading the book, when I learnt Blumenthal had passed away in May 2020. I hope there will be many authors like her, who write the most fascinating stories and put in the time and effort into listening to what their readers have to say. I look forward to reading the rest of her books one day.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    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 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 Apple, I felt like the book was just a recitation of events and facts, again, that would have benefitted for more context for the audience. Finally, I take great issue with the statement that "Now people know LSD is a dangerous drug, but back then it was common to run into people who had taken it." Really? LSD is currently being used in a variety of scientific studies. As long as there are college students, people will still take LSD. Maybe it was "bigger" in the 60s, but I don't think the popular wisdom has changed a bit since then. That was a very preachy statement put in an otherwise fair book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    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 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 vision (or, depending on how you look at it, the tweaking of others’ ideas) brought about change to everyday life in modern day society. Using the commencement speech that Jobs gave to the graduating class at Stanford University in 2005, the author elaborates on three main stories that he shared that day: the importance of 1) connecting the dots in life, 2) love and loss, and 3) death (Blumenthal, 2012). The first section dealt with Jobs’ search and drive for meaning and perfection in his early years, while ruthlessly cutting down everyone in his path to achieve it. Despite many, many technological flops before the path to what Apple is today, he pressed on to capture his vision for a clean, streamlined product line that provided a personal experience. The second section was a little more personal, as it discussed his private family & love life in more detail, as well as the sense of loss he suffered when he was fired from Apple. To conclude the book, the author delved into the last major phase of Jobs’ life when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and faced certain death. Readers interested in material having depth and meaning will be fascinated by Jobs’ life story. With an enormous amount of detail that naturally goes into a biography, Blumenthal manages to successfully paint a portrait of a lunatic who seems to be quite ingenious and revolutionary for his time. Though the first third of the book is a bit tedious to read due to high technical content, the second and last third are more gripping, as they address issues that are close to Jobs’ personal life, including the internal struggles he faced as a father, boyfriend, husband, businessman, trendsetter, and cancer patient. By focusing on the contents of his 2005 commencement speech, the author gracefully summates the highlights of the technological giant’s life and has captured the legacy and vision he leaves behind. Recommended. Reference: Blumenthal, K. (2012). Steve Jobs: The man who thought different: a biography. New York: Feiwel and Friends.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    "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 "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 set on Reed college and wouldn't go anywhere else. His parents had a hard time paying for the tuition. He dropped out of college and had his own ideas. Today, he's remembered as a great leader of Aplle and an exceptionally gifted person. He's brought new and great technology to our world and left a great legacy. But how did he achieve so much if hedropped out of college? You're going to have to read the book to find out!!! This biography gives a lot of information about Jobs in a way that is understandable, formal, amd at the same time, still very interesting. I learned a lot and had fun at the same time. This book was the finalist in the Excellence In Young Adult Nonfiction competition. Bluementhal did a great job with the writing style and made nonfiction exciting and with deep meaning. This book is a must-read for everyone. This book not only informs you about Steve Jobs but it also motivates you to work hard for your own goal and follow your own dream. I strongly recommend this outstanding book!!!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Homeschoolmama

    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 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 abrasive and lack social graces. And have weird habits. Blumenthal writes about him well, using plenty of dialogue and scenarios to give you a good picture of what Jobs was really like. I loved seeing the old photographs of him too, and reading about how the various Apple products started out. And Blumenthal was kind when it came to writing about technology; she didn't get too complicated and so it was easy for the average person to understand. Walter Isaacson wrote a much lengthier authorized bio of Jobs, but this one was perfect for me.. Good for those of us who are just a bit curious and don't need 600+ pages to learn about Jobs.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Noran Negm

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book taught me that steve jobs was human but at the same time he wasn't. He was a fool and a genius at the same time. Although he didn't know much about electronics and technology, he managed to revolutionize an entire industry of it. His ability to see the potential and the future in an object was astonishing. Steve is a great thinker, but he's chaotic and often unrealistic. But, maybe that's what made him so successful. He saw something and made it happen, no matter what it takes. Steve do This book taught me that steve jobs was human but at the same time he wasn't. He was a fool and a genius at the same time. Although he didn't know much about electronics and technology, he managed to revolutionize an entire industry of it. His ability to see the potential and the future in an object was astonishing. Steve is a great thinker, but he's chaotic and often unrealistic. But, maybe that's what made him so successful. He saw something and made it happen, no matter what it takes. Steve does lack in the cognitive department. At least in his early years, he failed to create strong relationships and was cold and came by as uncaring. It's nice to see him take a turn for the better. However, I fell that Jobs is a bit over credited. I mean, yes he pushed people to create his amazing products, but all the credit isn't his. He was the key to all of this but so many people worked very hard to create those products and I feel they should be given just as much credit. This book really tells you how Steve was: not entirely evil and not entirely good either.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alexandro Sanchez

    In my opinion this book was great! It included the biography of one of the most successful men that ever lived in the electronic industry. It showed and explained what Jobs did to overcome all of his problems and how he made Apple the great big company that is known worldwide. Of course he had issues with Apple but that's why he was a part of other big companies known as Pixar, NeXT, and of course Apple. After several decades Jobs became rich and wealthy but at the time he had found out he had a In my opinion this book was great! It included the biography of one of the most successful men that ever lived in the electronic industry. It showed and explained what Jobs did to overcome all of his problems and how he made Apple the great big company that is known worldwide. Of course he had issues with Apple but that's why he was a part of other big companies known as Pixar, NeXT, and of course Apple. After several decades Jobs became rich and wealthy but at the time he had found out he had a tumor in his organisms. This book is great, I recommend to anyone that'll take the time to read it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    JAM

    For a biography this is a good book, but for who it is about it brought the rating down. I liked this book but I just don't like the person it's about. He was extremely mean and rude, but I liked his determination for perfection. Don't know if I would recommend this book though. For a biography this is a good book, but for who it is about it brought the rating down. I liked this book but I just don't like the person it's about. He was extremely mean and rude, but I liked his determination for perfection. Don't know if I would recommend this book though.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Loved this book! Fascinated by such an intriguing visionary.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rayman

    The book Steve Jobs: The man who thought different is truly an insight of a man who against all odds was able to succeed and still be relevant today. We start as Steve Jobs is born to parents who were not married and had complications so, therefore, he is put up for adoption and is adopted into a family of Clara and Paul. He grew up and often was seen as cold and uncaring for relationships. He originally wanted to go to college but could not keep up with the tuition payment and later didn't see The book Steve Jobs: The man who thought different is truly an insight of a man who against all odds was able to succeed and still be relevant today. We start as Steve Jobs is born to parents who were not married and had complications so, therefore, he is put up for adoption and is adopted into a family of Clara and Paul. He grew up and often was seen as cold and uncaring for relationships. He originally wanted to go to college but could not keep up with the tuition payment and later didn't see the purpose so he eventually dropped out. He then started a company with his friend after being a part-time worker at Atari. We then see the transition from barely making ends meet to overnight success. We see apple continues to foster growth but has a power struggle which leads to Jobs losing management duties and resigning from the company. He then founded NeXT, and later went on to make the first computer-animated film, which was a hit. He later returned to Apple after NeXT was bought. He then changed music forever through the handheld, however, began being seriously affected by his Cancer. The book was divided into three parts and the last part focuses on his fight with pancreatic cancer. It shows the effect on the people around him and the outcry of hundreds after he died. The second part showed Steve's personal life. Steve was so relentless that when he found out that his college girlfriend was pregnant he left and did not reconnect with his daughter until she was a young adult. I personally liked the book as it gave a realistic view of an icon. The book used a sort of dramatic irony as the reader had the hint Steve was dying of Pancreatic Cancer but the media and fans were informed that he is doing "better than ever". I would recommend this book to people who want to see the history of the essential item in our lives.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Kudo's to my author and fellow-college-alum friend, Karen Blumenthal, for capturing the creative genius and challenging spirit of Steve Jobs so well. Steve Jobs passed on October 5th, 2011 and Karen tragically died on May 18th, 2020. We're so fortunate to have the legacy of their inventive and journalistic spirits (respectively). Karen shares with us the Story of Steve, and it's fascinating. It was so enlightening to learn about the early days of Steve going to school (or not), riding his bike t Kudo's to my author and fellow-college-alum friend, Karen Blumenthal, for capturing the creative genius and challenging spirit of Steve Jobs so well. Steve Jobs passed on October 5th, 2011 and Karen tragically died on May 18th, 2020. We're so fortunate to have the legacy of their inventive and journalistic spirits (respectively). Karen shares with us the Story of Steve, and it's fascinating. It was so enlightening to learn about the early days of Steve going to school (or not), riding his bike to Steve Wozniack's house for techno-geeky collaboration, leading Apple through its rise/fall/rise roller-coaster, and battling cancer. By listening to the audiobook, I missed out on the book's photos. The title, "The Man Who Thought Different", was a great reminder of Apple's advertising slogan from 25+ years ago to "Think Different" as they responded to IBM's "Think" catchphrase.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ronnie Haik

    I re-read this book over the winter and man, just as great as the first time. I think this book is a great way to outline the life of Steve Jobs. The book details his childhood and how he was a troubled student and an orphan, then moves on to his teen years. The book spends the most time talking about the formation of Apple and the different devices/products that were made before the official idea of "Apple". We get a detailed explanation of many of Steve Jobs's and Steve Wozniak's creations. Th I re-read this book over the winter and man, just as great as the first time. I think this book is a great way to outline the life of Steve Jobs. The book details his childhood and how he was a troubled student and an orphan, then moves on to his teen years. The book spends the most time talking about the formation of Apple and the different devices/products that were made before the official idea of "Apple". We get a detailed explanation of many of Steve Jobs's and Steve Wozniak's creations. The book ultimately ends with the death of Steve from his cancer. A great book for people who want a general knowledge of Jobs.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Even though I worked briefly for Apple, I never joined the Steve Jobs cult. So I went into listening to this YA biography with a healthy dose of skepticism. I’m am glad that Blumenthal did not pull punches about the less stellar aspects of Job’s reputation. He was frequently petulant, egotistical and abrasive. But in the end it is quite likely that his very character traits that made him difficult are the ones that made the products I love amazing. Glad I read this.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Aayush Srivastava

    Probably one of the greatest people to ever walk the earth. This book really explains every fine detail, (even the bad) about Steve jobs and his whole life from his early childhood to his passing away. After reading this book you really get to understand why the author used the words Visionary, Showman, Artist, Tyrant, Genius, jerk to describe Steve Jobs.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Seif

    Although this book wasn’t made by the original autobiographer, it was easy to read and was very engaging. It has lots of advice that you can adopt in your personality and learn from Steve. You wont be able to be like Jobs, but you can learn from him. “Stay hungry, stay foolish”

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kian Haghighi

    Steve Jobs:The Man Who Thought Different is a great biography of the man who built Apple, Steve Jobs. The book follows Steve’s ideas through high school, college, and finally through his career. Not only does the book show what he did, but also why he did what he did. That part of the book is more important for readers then what he did and showed a full picture of who Steve Jobs was.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Eric

    An adult view of Steve's life. Very different from the kid biography and I learned a lot more. An adult view of Steve's life. Very different from the kid biography and I learned a lot more.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bailey

    The book was good although some parts were a little hard to read. The way the author went in to detail and how much detail got real boring real quick. But if you are a "techy" then you might understand these parts better. If you like computer science books then this might be the book for you. I am kind of what they call a "techy" and it was even a little boring for me. It all depends on if you like an actual story. The book was good although some parts were a little hard to read. The way the author went in to detail and how much detail got real boring real quick. But if you are a "techy" then you might understand these parts better. If you like computer science books then this might be the book for you. I am kind of what they call a "techy" and it was even a little boring for me. It all depends on if you like an actual story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brenton

    Really insightful and hard to put down. A life and journey that is just wonderful plus changed the landscape.

  25. 5 out of 5

    CoryS

    Steve Jobs is known as one of the most successful people of our age. To me he had always been just a ripoff Bill Gates, so I decided it was time I actually learned what made him so special. Jobs was the child of a couple that wasn’t capable of giving him the care he would need so they gave him to the Job’s family with the promise that Steve would end up going to college.Steve was the only child of his adoptive parents. His father would instill within him his drive for perfection in the products Steve Jobs is known as one of the most successful people of our age. To me he had always been just a ripoff Bill Gates, so I decided it was time I actually learned what made him so special. Jobs was the child of a couple that wasn’t capable of giving him the care he would need so they gave him to the Job’s family with the promise that Steve would end up going to college.Steve was the only child of his adoptive parents. His father would instill within him his drive for perfection in the products he made. In school he managed to skip a year and befriended another genius, Wozniak. Wozniak and Steve together made an excellent team, making money selling illegal “blue boxes.” During this time period Steve starting to develop his odd eating habits. You’d think there's only so much that can go wrong with your diet till Jobs uses it as a excuse to not bath himself. Eventually Wozniak and Steve started Apple, in the Jobs family garage, after Steve dropped out of collage. They would make the apple computer, which would sell well enough for them to expand. They made several new products with steve, until the board could no longer tolerate Steve’s drive for perfection, in absolutely everything. Jobs would on to start another computer company as well as buy pixar from george lucas. He would help to revolutionize the way movies would be animated with them. Eventually Steve made his way back to a falling apple, only to pull a miracle with the creation of the IMac. He would revolutionize the music field, and with it the phone industry. Poetically ending in the industry where he began. He would eventually die of cancer do to his resistance to aid that was being thrown his way. When he finally gave in to the Surgery it had spread to other organs signifying the his doom. This book had a very interesting personality to which the story of Jobs was told. I quite enjoyed reading the way Jobs and the people around had creative ways of analyzing all the little things that happened. These were sprinkled throughout the rest of the story when the oddities would reappear. My only criticism of the book is the way they kept going back to one particular speech from Jobs. While I understand how it helps move the plot forward, I got quite tired of it by the end of the story. It seemed to me that at least every other paragraph began with jobs giving a speech at that one particular college graduation, and this struck me as rather lazy. Overall, I quite liked it, even if parts were a bit repetitive. Definitely worth at least one read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Robbie

    good

  27. 4 out of 5

    Saadman Shahad Akanda

    Why 4 stars? Because it's said in the book that this is not an official biography. Also it is not endorsed by Apple. "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." - Steve Jobs Why 4 stars? Because it's said in the book that this is not an official biography. Also it is not endorsed by Apple. "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life." - Steve Jobs

  28. 4 out of 5

    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 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 world of technology today. I'm a huge fan of Apple, and as soon as I heard of the biography, entitled Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, I really wanted to pick it up and read all about the company. However, as much of a fan as I am, there was, to simply put it, no way that I was going to read a 600-750 page biography. The book is huge and I'm afraid that I just wouldn't have the patience to read it all - I was intimidated by it. When I was told by Bloomsbury that Karen Blumenthal had written a biography that was aimed at the 'iPhone texting, white-headphone-listening, iTunes downloading generation', I absolutely pounced at the chance to read it. At a much more digestible 320 pages (including photographs) and straight to the point, this gave me just the insight that I wanted into Steve Jobs and Apple's life. I admit that at the start of the book, I wasn't really getting into it. I think that this was partly because I was learning things that I didn't really know about Jobs - he certainly had a bit of a dark side and was quite fiery, but not in a very good way. I think that it's fantastic that Blumenthal did include all of those harsher details though, as it helped me to get to know what Jobs was really like behind the scenes. I went from somebody that, before opening the book, admired Jobs and his creativity, to taking quite a strong dislike to him. However, I came to understand that he was young, he had a strong personality and was determined. Although he wasn't always the most socially acceptable, he had faith in himself and what he was doing, something to admire. I'm glad to say that when I hit the half-way part of the book, I had learnt why he was acting the way he did and began to honour him a lot more. I felt as though Blumenthal was giving him a fair representation, showing both his good and bad sides - of course nobody is perfect. I thought it was really interesting to see how both Jobs and his companies progressed. It was inspiring to see that although Jobs did hit a lot of difficulties, he still kept going and wasn't afraid to take many risks. I also learned a whole lot things that I had no idea about before reading the biography, some facts were really quite surprising. Alongside the facts about business and technology, particularly towards the end, we learned more about how Jobs dealt with the news of his very poor health and the fact that he had cancer - it was incredibly heartfelt, and I was shedding a tear by the end. It's so sad that such a hugely creative mind is no longer with us, but through learning about him and his products, I'm sure that Apple will still have even more genius to unveil. Steve Jobs once said "Your time is limited... have the courage to follow your heart and intuition" - no other words could be more appropriate to his actions in his, sadly shortened, life. Blumenthal has done his story justice though, and has certainly made me want to abide by his words of "stay hungry, stay foolish." A fantastic biography, for both teenagers and adults alike, that I'd recommend to anyone wanting to learn more about Jobs, Apple and/or Pixar.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Connor

    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 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 work was done by Wozniak, he was the one who approached Steve with the idea of creating computers and he knew that Steve had previously sold equipment to steal cable to other students, and that Steve might know if anyone might want a computer. Steve's claim to fame in starting the company is that he borrowed cash from his parents, and let Woz work in his garage. The actual programming for the apple 2 was based off of a operating system that Bill gates designed for the apple 1 that he published because the original apple did not come with an operating system installed. Once the apple 2 took of Steve was able to partner with John Sculley who ran all of the business interactions of apple. They ended up relegating Steve to the creative design team. When he ended up on the team Steve wanted the apple 3 to be as small and sleek as possible which caused the apple 3 to not come with any on-board memory like it was originally designed, and not even a built in port for a floppy disks, which meant if you wanted to save anything like for example the operating system for the computer you had to buy an external device from a third party developer. These trends continue and Steve gets fired from apple. He ended up investing what he made in apple into a company that would become today's Pixar, but the book specifically details how Jobs had no direct involvement with the company other than funding. On a personal front Jobs did not do any better, he ended up having a child with a college girlfriend and upon finding out she was pregnant left her. He did not end up establishing a stable relationship with his daughter until she was a young adult. Overall I did find the book very interesting because it gave me a different view on Steve Jobs, it is one I do not think the author intended but it is the on I came to when presented with the facts.

  30. 5 out of 5

    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 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 some point, I could be alert on what I’m doing, and not end up what Steve Jobs did. However, the book at some point even inspired. It really wanted me to make new innovations myself and I really wanted to focus my career on that. Although the story focuses on the biography of Steve Jobs itself, the way its written and wrapped around his life clearly makes me so inspired and willingness to want to do what he did. To be honest, the author’s words really made me feel as if I was in the story because the author so descriptive. In some cases, the author would say the colors and the captions of what the room looked like. And in some way, it appeared as if the book itself was a third person diary of Steve Jobs. Everything seems to be so professional and real in the book. The author seems to have much knowledge in this genius man and really wanted to express his writing fluently so that we can understand. I also like the writing style of the author because the author in some sense made it seem as if without Steve Jobs, so much could’ve never happened and really took the time to explain that. Although there were negative points in Steve Jobs’s career, the author always tried to look for some way to turn that idea around, and make it into an inspiring moment. Some really good examples that I liked which the author used was when Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak made an illegal black box which would allow someone to make international calls without paying for it. This should’ve clearly been a negative point for some people, but in my opinion, the author says that this was such a genius tool that Jobs used and used that example to support her writing.l Overall, I really liked the book and clearly recommend it to people who have the chance to read it.

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