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Bill Gates (Up Close) Hardcover – December 26, 2008

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1130L (What's this?)
  • Series: Up Close
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (December 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670063487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670063482
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,068,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* For young people who wonder how Bill Gates became so wealthy so quickly, this biography opens chapters with (sometimes-wry) entrepreneurial principles, such as “Pick the Right Parents (or If You Can’t, Learn to Be Intensely Competitive).” However, the book offers far more than business tips. It takes readers back in time, not just to Bill’s childhood years in the Gates household, where intense competition was a way of life, but also to the period when personal computers were so new that a cocky teen who knew his stuff could bluff his way into important contracts as long as he had the know-how and determination to follow through. Though often critical of Gates’ business practices, Aronson acknowledges that the man’s most unsympathetic traits may have made his achievements possible. One of the most astute sections of the book analyzes Gates’ recent turn toward philanthropy and compares him with nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century monopolists turned philanthropists. Black-and-white photos illustrate the text. An author’s note, source notes, and lists of books, articles, and Web sites are appended. Well researched, thought-provoking, and up-to-date, this biography from the Up Close series offers insights into Gates’ character as well as an engaging account of his life. Grades 6-10. --Carolyn Phelan


Well-conceived and totally intriguing, even for technophobes. --Kirkus, starred review

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All of my books start with questions, and I hope they prompt readers to ask questions of their own.

I find history history endlessly fascinating. It is the detective story that yields us as the answer.

I try to write each book with the same care I would put into a novel, but with the same respect for truth as a judge in a court of law.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Brian on October 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Looking for a good book on what makes Bill Gates tick, I choose this one as it gives a nicely broken up dissection of the characteristics that made Bill who he is. However, despite being a quick read, the sentence structure and word choice is often so odd, that I began to think that English must not be the author's primary language. The content is what saves it, if anything. It gives a great deal of insight to how and why Bill Gates carried out his business and life the way he did, and also how his upbringing affected him and his psychology towards being the tenacious pitbull in business that he became. Overall, not a terrible book, but could be a hell of a lot better if the content was rewritten and revised. The book "Elements of Style" would help this author massively.

Overall rating : 2.5
Content : 4
Writing : 1
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elaine N. Oxford on October 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Both my husband both read this book which we both felt was well written, and. Gave us a good insight to the way Microsoft were building their business. Thank you Elaine Oxford.
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