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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 2.3 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
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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. "

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.

Budding computer-science majors, Apple aficionados and electronics buffs will find plenty to ingest here, as Wozniak recounts the inspirations and thought processes for his designs.--J.D. Biersdorfer

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

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

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. It's about growing up in Silicon Valley at a watershed time for electronics and computing. And it's about never forgetting what makes a person happy in life and never forgetting one's dreams. --Russ Juskalian

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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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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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Wow! Just finished reading this, what a great insight into the kind of person and engineer Woz is, I absolutely loved every bit of it. What a nice guy. Its pretty obvious most of it is written by him as well, which is nice. The book reveals Woz as a person, an engineer and his time at and before apple, and beyond. He gets quite deep into engineering, I'm an electronic design engineer for a living and found the level of depth very interesting. All in all a great book, well done and thanks Woz!
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Inspiring look at what makes Woz tick. From a psychological viewpoint it is a case study in what contributes to the ego's search for validation and masquarades as a person's sense of purpose. What a lovely example of a life being lived without awareness of that mechanism occuring
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Excellent book worth reading it, great side of the story
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One of the heros of our age.
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Steve Wozniak is an engineering genius. This book had the potential to explain and celebrate that genius by focusing on product creation. Alternatively it could have been an opportunity to go behind the scenes of the creation of one of the first billion dollar computer companies, Apple. It could even have stayed close to a personal exploration, trying to understand what makes someone turn out in that way.

Instead we got the worst of all worlds. A meandering set of poorly connected vignettes that reads like exactly what it is, a poorly edited transcript of multiple conversations with his co-author.

If you're interested in Steve Wozniak you might get something from this book. But probably not.
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(Possible spoilers below)

I found out about this book after reading a blog post about the upcoming jOBS movie about the life of Steve Jobs but in that article they quote Steve Wozniak as saying that some scenes are not accurate and for the "real" story to read his book.

So I did.

Popular culture would have us believe that Steve Jobs was the real "ego" and that Wozniak was in the shadows actually making the computers and being shy and humble . But this book will make you realise just how much of a jerk Wozniak was as well. Playing stupid pranks into adulthood.

Of all the Autobiographies I've read never come across such ego and arrogance. If you were naive Mr Wozniak would have you believe he invented everything in the world years before everyone else but never got the credit. Significant details are missing as well, like how he says he designed breakout but they didn't actually use his design because it was too impractical. (Source Wikipedia) he also claims that all known history and reporting of apple was wrong. Whatever Steve....

Overall the book was an interesting read to see some of the other side of the story which might not have been gleaned from Walter Isaacson's - Steve Jobs Book (which I highly recommend you read if you have not already) but have given it the score I have due to the juvenile writing style along with the aforementioned arrogance and massive ego.

Whilst the above might make someone think twice about reading the book, I would still suggest reading it, just be prepared to read about how much Wozniak thinks of himself.
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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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