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Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different [Hardcover]

Karen Blumenthal
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Book Description

14 Feb 2012

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."

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Hardcover: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (14 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 125001557X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250015570
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,317,883 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Through original interviews, a smart use of source material, and a wonderfully easy-going style, Blumenthal gives a full portrait of Jobs ...This is a smart book about a smart subject by a smart writer. (Ilene Cooper American Library Journal 2012-02-06) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Inventor. Visionary. Genius. Dropout. Adopted. Founder of Apple. Steve Jobs was all of these things. This is the story of the man who thought different. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Jobs The Man Who Thought Different 16 Dec 2012
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I bought it because it was on the list of my book club. Although I did not like Mr. Jobs very much I really liked the way his story was told. Not being technological I found everything very clearly explained regarding the products and also the human relationships were well described. I found myself reading bits of it out loud to whomsoever would listen and have now bought it as a gift for my son as a result of gaining his interest inthis way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of SteppingOutOfThePage 22 April 2012
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well written biography 4 Nov 2013
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I hadn't known Steve Jobs history so it was interesting to read where he came from and where he went to. Of course I knew his ending before I bought the book. Sad that a genius died in his prime. As for him as a person, I'm not sure whether I like him or not. A flawed character, but then aren't we all? I think it's fine being flawed but it's when your inabilities affect others, that's not the right way to go.

I have people I look up to. People like Bowie, Keith Richards. I can't see myself looking up to Steve Jobs in the same way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The book is ok and an easy read but if you want the true depth of Steve Jobs read the sanctioned biography by Walter Isaacson. It's much more in depth and has a little more insight in it.

I read the Isaacson book first and later this one. Truth be told I learnt nothing that wasn't in the better book. It felt very much like the other had page turned the the Isaacson and paraphrased to create their own version.

In essence it's an easy read but it's not the one I'd recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little heavy but interesting 20 July 2014
By Eddie
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This is the kind of book you never pick up, but when you do you don't put it down.

If you have no interest in Steve Jobs or Apple you will find this book rather boring and uninteresting however if you are interested in these things I think you will really enjoy it.

It's not written in the most exciting way however it is written in pain English so you shouldn't have trouble understanding most of it.

I couldn't give this book five stars because of the slightly banal tone and sometimes so many facts are fired at the reader you may get lost and have to re-read a section.

I enjoyed the biography and recommend it to anyone with an interest in Steve jobs or Apple.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read 23 Sep 2013
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What a great insight into a truly inspiration man, Steve Jobs. Would recommend to anyone who needs some inspiration in their lives!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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if you've not read about Steve Jobs before buy and read this book. I'm not a fan of Jobs but did find it compelling.The book finishes at 85% on the kindle. i read it completely in 3 days which is unheard of for a slow reader like me. Short. Not very new but a good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A leader like no other 9 Jun 2013
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Whilst he was uncnventional and no doubt a difficult person, Steve was truly a leader and visionary who changed the world around us fundamentally. This book whilst brief compared to the book by Walter Issacson gives the reader enough of an insight to see how both Jobs and Apple evolved into the force that brough us the ground breaking i products. Well worth a read for those who dont want a blow by blow account of his life but do want enough insight to understand the man
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book!
Very pleased to have read another good book about the late Steve Jobs. Very detailed about his career and life.
Published 1 month ago by Emma Marshall
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Jobs in a nutshell. he was Apple
A fascinating story of the journey if an amazing man. Not an inventor or indeed a computer genius, but a tweaker. He took ideas and made them simpler and better. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hully
2.0 out of 5 stars The buffers guide to Steve Jobs
I read this book based on the CDS reading list. I cannot for the life of me understand why it is recommended, the book is based mainly on secondary sources and is really feels... Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. G. Anders
5.0 out of 5 stars stop and think
Great book, I've really enjoyed reading about Steve Jobs and Apple Inc, it's great not to focus on just the difficult personality of someone but to try and show the background to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by nicki76
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
Interesting and easy to read. Recommend it. It gives a broad and detailed view of the life of a visionary.
Published 4 months ago by S. M. Renard
4.0 out of 5 stars jobs
Good book easy to reAd and what Apple means now massive company jobs did change apple but he did die very young
Published 5 months ago by Trev
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite an entertaining reading
I was more interested in Steve Jobs' personality, way of thinking and approaches to deal with personal life and work. Such a well compiled book gives what I like to read. It .
Published 5 months ago by Ed
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent summary and inspirational
Covers most the important things in Jobs' life.
Nice to read it.
He wasn't perfect, but had faith in many of his ideas.

Well written, and concise. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Y. Com
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I find this to be a very easy read, giving me a good insight into the history and development of Apple, and a great insight into Steve and his own beliefs and character. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Katharine Brayne
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