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Steve Jobs: The Journey Is the Reward [Hardcover]

Jeffrey S. Young
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Book Description

December 1987 0673188647 978-0673188649 First
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Scott Foresman Trade; First edition (December 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0673188647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0673188649
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.6 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,099,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I read this work in the late 1980s, and am still impressed with it to this day. It is one of the few completely fair and complete business biographies ever written.
Young does a landmark job digging into Jobs' formative years growing up as an adopted son of a machinist in pre-Silicon Valley, describes his years at Reed and India in more depth than any other author, perfectly covers his mercurial personality in both personal and professional relationships, and accurately chronicles his rise and fall in the labyrinth of corporate America.
This is the best of the Jobs and Apple books, and is far superior to The Return of Steve Jobs. Highly recommended to those interested in both the personal and professional life of one of America's great risk takers.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars do you want a chance to change the world? April 2, 2000
By A Customer
this is an absorbing, riveting true account of how an incredible visionary inspired and cajoled both talented and ordinary people to achieve things they could never dream of. I read this shortly after Jobs was ousted from Apple in the 80s and to witness how he came back to save Apple from oblivion a decade later is one of the great comeback stories of our time.

the title the journey is the reward is very zen and very much Steve Jobs in his early days ... the acid-dropping, bare-footed vegetarian who was at once arrogant and selfish yet brilliantly daring and inventive.

another interesting read is John Sculley's book Odyssey. Sculley, of course was Jobs' hand-picked CEO for Apple and the man who later ousted Jobs from Apple ... you'll see that inspite of Sculley's betrayal, he maintains in his writing a sense of awe ... that he was a convert in the Jobs' mystique ... he never was the same after Jobs' challenge "do you want to sell sugared water for the rest of your life? or do you want a chance to change the world?"

- darren tan
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating look at Apple's golden years July 10, 1997
By A Customer
I've read this book a few times over the years and love it. Since my first Apple IIe computer in 1984 I've been fascinated with the tale (fable, really) of Apple Computer, a company that was just unlike any other. This book, along with Rose's "West of Eden" and Levy's "Hackers" are among my favorite chronicles of the Apple lore. (Gen-Xers think that "two guys in a garage" is just a cute metaphor; they should be forced to read these books.) Young's depiction of Jobs as an acid-dropping, un-deoderized, mantra-mumbling crybaby may or may not be completely accurate... but it would explain a lot, wouldn't it
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds crazy, but this one DID change my life January 6, 1999
By A Customer
It really did. The book tells both the story of Apple and Steve and though it portrayed Steve as a rather unkind person, I was almost immediately fascinated by his vision. I.m.h.o., Apple stood - and begins to stand again - for innovation and elegance in computer business. This book presents the true story about a great man, with all his flaws. Additionaly, it gives a fascinating summary of the evolution of the computer business throughout the 70s and 80s. It honors Steve Wozniak, the real genius behind the scenes. And it contains plenty of technical information without using some sort of techno-babble. I recommend this book to everyone who is interested in Apple, the spirit of the early computer days, or the - perhaps controversial - person of Steven Paul Jobs, a true visioneer. I wish there was a sequel, since so many things have changed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's all about the journey. December 1, 2013
By jfield1
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A thoroughly enjoyable read on the life and character of Apple's co-founder, heart and soul, Steve Jobs. It is a classic among the many books that have been published since just before and after Jobs' death. To me the title says it all and is very close to a mantra of mine. Personally I am not a goal-driven/oriented individual but I do live for the day and the interactions around me. For me, and I am certain there are others along with Steve, the journey is the reward.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Making a dent in the Universe." March 5, 2005
By Sully
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read this book in the 80's and lent it to someone, who never

gave it back!! I am so pleased that Amazon has it! I just ordered

it five minutes ago. Thanks Amazon!! Well, I've always said if

there was no Steve Jobs and 'Woz', computers would not nearly

be evolved as they are today. It was Jobs vision to "make a dent

in the Universe" with the advent of the Macintosh. This book is

fascinating!! From Jobs and Woz's early years at the Homebrew

Computer Club, to Apple's IPO in the 80's.

You've got to read this. You see, Steve always thought that "Big Blue"

(IBM) was the big threat, but it was Bill Gates and Microsoft all the

time. You'll read how Gates stole the GUI for the Macintosh, and turned

it into Windows, making Billions in the process. Yes the real enemy was,

and still is Microsoft. This is one of the best biographies ever written.

So pick up your copy to today. You won't be disappointed!!

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