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iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon Paperback – 16 Nov 2007

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (16 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393330435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393330434
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 863,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One can't help getting caught up in [Wozniak's] excitement.... Wozniak learned to 'think differently' long before the company he helped found ever started using that phrase in a marketing campaign. --J.D. Biersdorfer

A sincere book.... The sweet, loving, almost innocent quality of this memoir sets it apart from most business people's bios, yet it still tells a fascinating story of this inventor/artist.

Sincerity and enthusiasm are the hallmarks of this irrepressible memoir; and Wozniak's optimism offers an example to us all. --Chris Hartman

This memoir truly reflects its author, both in its subject matter and its happy-go-lucky tone.... A welcome, fresh perspective for an industry that seems so far removed from its original ideas. --Peter Burrows

iWoz is the story about a man filled with curiosity and drive.... And it's about never forgetting what makes a person happy in life and never forgetting one's dreams. --Russ Juskalian

Steve Wozniak tells his version of the company's genesis in an endearingly gee-whiz conversational style. --James Sullivan

The mastermind behind Apple tells his story for the first time, from the invention of the first personal computer to the rise of Apple as an industry giant.

At last, Mr. Wozniak gets the stage all to himself [in a] chatty memoir full of surprises.... He reveals a technology pioneer more charming and whose life is more poignant than we expected. --George Anders

One can't help getting caught up in [Wozniak's] excitement.... Wozniak learned to 'think differently' long before the company he helped found ever started using that phrase in a marketing campaign. --J.D. Biersdorfer"

A sincere book.... The sweet, loving, almost innocent quality of this memoir sets it apart from most business people's bios, yet it still tells a fascinating story of this inventor/artist. "

Sincerity and enthusiasm are the hallmarks of this irrepressible memoir; and Wozniak's optimism offers an example to us all. --Chris Hartman"

iWoz is the story about a man filled with curiosity and drive.... And it's about never forgetting what makes a person happy in life and never forgetting one's dreams. --Russ Juskalian"

Steve Wozniak tells his version of the company's genesis in an endearingly gee-whiz conversational style. --James Sullivan"

This memoir truly reflects its author, both in its subject matter and its happy-go-lucky tone.... A welcome, fresh perspective for an industry that seems so far removed from its original ideas.--Peter Burrows

The mastermind behind Apple tells his story for the first time, from the invention of the first personal computer to the rise of Apple as an industry giant.

At last, Mr. Wozniak gets the stage all to himself [in a] chatty memoir full of surprises.... He reveals a technology pioneer more charming and whose life is more poignant than we expected.--George Anders"

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The co-founder of the Apple computer tells his exclusive story for the first time --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover
Steve at first seems overly self-interested, but this reflects the stage of his life he is recalling. Woz tries to put right some of the half-truths and errors that have been reported about his involvement with Apple. He is rightly proud of the things he has created and makes this very clear in this book. The content of iWoz falls between a biography and a techincal analysis of Woz's designs.It has an easy to read style and although it contains a good bit of geek tech-talk it does not get in the way of the main message.
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I tried but failed to finish this book, abandoned ship around 50%.

I had always Steve Wozniak to be the humble, quiet, force of brilliance behind the success of the egotistical, self-absorbed maniac that was Jobs - and for that I had a huge amount of respect for who Wozniak is, the role he played, and the success he achieved.

Unfortunately, that (admittedly fact-sparse) opinion was very quickly shattered whilst reading this book. Every page reads like it was written by an excitable teenager, and almost every page contains the phrase "I was the best", "I was the first", or "I was the only", etcetera.

I could probably get over the conversational writing style, but I've never read anything so incredibly egotistical, and very quickly lost interest in trudging forwards.
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By Colin McCartney TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
"Iwoz" offers little insight into the worlds of electronics and business. If you're looking for a text on either, this is not the place to start.

It does, however, tell the not uninteresting story of America's answer to Sir Clive Sinclair. In summary, Wozniak had one brilliant idea (the Apple II) and thereafter went on to invent the universal TV remote. Then there is far too much information about how he organised rock concerts (is this some sort of attempt to try and show that even though he didn't invent the Ipod, he's still hip?) And then he went into teaching. Those who can...?

I'm not sure that we really get to know the real Steve Wozniak from this book. If it IS to be believed, he had a refreshing dislike of corporate culture, was good to his co-workers and was on occasion even known to give stuff away. But on the other hand, he goes through at least 3 wives and without really telling us why - is this what we expect of a nice guy? Do we really, as the cover claims, get "to the core of Apple's inventor"? If we do then fine, but I'm not entirely convinced on the evidence of this.

The big-headed writing style is at first a bit irritating: SW appears to be the perfect human being and knows it. But all that starts to crumble very subtly as the references to the Apple II (which HE obviously rates very highly) increase disproportionately. The expression "Pooterism" springs to mind.

Commendably, he doesn't hide his admiration for the Ipod (which was produced after his effective departure from Apple). In fact I think the subconscious title for this book would be something like "How I failed to invent the Ipod despite the fact I'm really very clever and I'm far too positive a person to be bitter about it".

The FT Magazine review quote ("oddly endearing...") quoted in Amazon's product info, hits the nail on the head.
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Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and it only took a few evenings to finish it.
It is written in an entertaining way but is certainly not a linguistic master piece. He manages to get technical details into the book, which are not intimidating to non-electronic engineers. At the same time he still manages to highlight how revolutionary some of the inventions were, from a technical and visionary point of view.
What I found missing, was more about his more recent passed/achievements, but maybe it's not as entertaining as the rest.
It did get a bit repetitive in regards to him claiming to have been the first to have done this or done that. While this may well be true, there is very little credit given to those that came before him; as Newton said: "If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants."
Altogether, I can highly recommend this book.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a book I would describe as intriguing rather than interesting. Woz is undoubtably a great guy who has been responsible for some of the key aspects of our life today but reading this you would think he had solely invented just about everything. There is a complete lack of defference in his approach and comments. For me a little more humility and acknowledgement that other people on this planet did contribute something to the world in which he could flourish would not go amiss. The constant barrage of 'the invention of this was entirely down to me'. 'I was the first person to do this' and 'x y or z could only do what he did because of me' gets a bit tiresome after a while. Still, its' a great narrative!
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I was very disappointed by this book. The best thing about it was the title. I was really looking forward to hearing more about Woz as he is clearly a very clever man who made a terrific and inspired contribution to the personal computer. I knew little about him other than as "the other guy" in the Apple story and his "hacker" roots. Being of similar age, and having done my share of meddling with computers and programming in that period, I was keen to relive some of the old history. However, this book is hopelessly self-absorbed, poorly balanced, repetitive and egotistical. Where was the editor/coauthor? Asleep? I will refrain from being overly explicit in my review but it is rare indeed that I give up on a bio on someone so influential. It simply annoyed me. It does little to elucidate the relationship with Jobs but simply claims (over and over again) what a genius iWos.
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