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28 of 41 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book last week because I'm an Apple addict, and only use Windows when someone's holding a gun to my head, and even then I run it in a virtual machine on my MacBook Pro. I love the design, the performance, the whole ethos that surrounds Apple products: their hardware is functional and sexy at the same time, and the Operating System is rock solid stable, secure and quick, and the user interface is light years ahead of anything else on the market.

The book, however, has none of the quality one would expect of things Apple. While I appreciate that Woz is an extremely clever and talented man, and had a lot of "firsts" in the personal computer field, blowing his own trumpet loudly at least once in every paragraph starts getting annoying after the first 5 pages, even allowing for the fact that Americans are less reticent about this kind of thing than your average Brit. It really taints what is a fantastically interesting and inspiring story. If you can filter out the egotistical from the story, it is well worth the read.

It would also have helped if he'd let his co-writer and editor correct his writing style a little: it sometimes comes across as stinted and makes for sometimes difficult reading. It also comes across as being purely Woz, and very little editorial influence, as if he ignored all their advice.

Wish I could give it a higher rating, as its a story of mythical proportions, but its just so badly written and so overtly subjective, that it just doesn't justify anything higher.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 29 December 2006
From this book we are able to deduce three things:

1. Steve Wozniak is a brilliant engineer.

2. Steve Wozniak is a very decent chap.

3. Steve Wozniak is a poor author.

I have often been surprised by the number of autobiographies where the author does not seem to have an editor to ensure a good standard of English, and this seems to be the case again here. The editor is thanked at the end of the book, and it was supposedly written with the direct input of a journalist, but there seems to be little evidence of professionalism here. As a result, the book fails to flow especially well and I found it annoying to read in several places ("Do I sound like I'm showing off?" asks Steve, "Yes" I reply, and it's irritating).

Still, that's slightly unkind of me, especially given the successes Wozniak has had. This is an interesting account of his formative years and how Apple got underway and for Apple fans (I write this now on a MacBook) it will make interesting reading. For others, I would steer clear.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I, and I suspect many others, have been doing Steve Jobs a great disservice by believing the rumours about the 2 Steve's. You know the ones, Jobs the egotistical self promoting manipulator and Wozniak the quiet self deprecating and principled boy genius. When you've read this tome, however, you will be in no doubt as to who Wozniaks greatest fan is (clue, his name is in the title). I'm prepared to believe that Mein Kamph is less self serving that this. (Note to self ... never read a biography prefaced by the word "auto"). Even Wozniaks co-writer hasn't been able to stem the flow. Has this man ever been wrong?!

On the plus side, Wozniak conveys a genuine and touching portrait of life growing up in Sunnyvale and his personal journey which ended in the development of the Apple II is full of lots of interesting detail. And Wozniak has achieved the impossible ... made me think more of Mr Gates!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2012
This is a terrible book. The format, of ghost-written 'auto-biography', has been badly executed. The use of the first-person irritates, as the prose's style rapidly descends into a series of 'I did this', 'I was good at', 'I built' and so on. Frankly, it goes on and on about 'me', eventually making a number of sections almost unreadable. You plough on, though, hoping for some information to be revealed about both Apple and Wozniak's relationship with Steve Jobs. Sadly, there isn't nearly enough to balance out the self-centred stuff.

Best wait for an objective biography in due course.
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on 9 October 2014
Brilliant book. Find out the truth right here.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2007
This book is about the other face of early Apple Computer , before the quitting of Steve Jobs and the path that the kinder co-founder of Apple took.

Lead by excellent parents, a Father who was a great friend, guide and educator and a Mum who encouraged the prankster side of his personality to almost sociopathic levels he developed the geekness that we see in many teenage-buddy movies from the USA.

Some of the tale is cool but a lot of it is just a little sad. I got the feeling that Woz was the sort of guy that got ignored by the girls and was ignored by the "cool guys". In the end he did the coolest thing of all, he invented the type of computer that people of the late 1970's could make use of.

The story is a little like an Easter Egg (Mac users will see another interpretation of this comparison). The story promises a lot but is hollow and lacks detail.

I would have liked a lot more opinion of how this gentle giant of engineering design intellect was treated by those around him. You get the feeling that he was a Majestic Whale in the open ocean of early technology and that many around him were the cleaner fish that attach themslves to the underside of the awesome beast.

He was diddled on several occasions by his own admission and maybe many times more so.

It seems that Woz always won in the end by rising above it all and shrugging it off as experience- what a super cool thing to have the guts to do! His treatment at Frog design by another client is a typical example, the way he dealt with it is just, well, mega-cool.

I do wonder however, if without the massive financial foundation that Woz has, would Woz have ended up as a poor guy who people had taken advantage of and left penniless?

The book is a great read, well worth the money but is like pop corn-leaves you hungry for more detail.

C'mon Woz could do better!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2007
excellent book, but majority covering his early history and early history of apple.
Not much in there about what he has done since the mid 1980s.
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on 12 March 2015
It's a book at the right price.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2006
A good read espically if you were a user/owner of one of the pre-Mac era Apple computers. I would say the book is not as good as some of the other Apple history books (i.e. Icon Steve Jobs) but it does clear up some of the inaccuraces and rumors which have been going around about Steve Wozniak over the years. Some of the chapters are quite in-depth which I enjoyed as I have a computer science background but some may find a little to heavy.
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on 28 September 2014
Brilliant thank you!
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