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  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1110L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; 1 edition (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781250014450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250014450
  • ASIN: 125001445X
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A YALSA NONFICTION FOR YOUNG ADULTS AWARD FINALIST

"This is a smart book about a smart subject by a smart writer." —Booklist, starred review

"Students who know Steve Jobs only through Apple’s iTunes, iPhones, and iPads will have their eyes opened by this accessible and well-written biography." —VOYA

"An engaging and intimate portrait. Few biographies for young readers feel as relevant and current as this one does." —The Horn Book Magazine

"A perceptive, well-wrought picture of an iconic figure." —Kirkus Reviews

"Blumenthal crafts an insightful, balanced portrait." —Publishers Weekly

About the Author

KAREN BLUMENTHAL is a critically acclaimed children's non-fiction writer and a long-time journalist for the Wall Street Journal. She is the author of Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition, which received four starred reviews, Six Days in October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929, which was a Sibert Honor Book, and Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX, which won a Jane Addams Children’s Book Award. She lives in Dallas, Texas.

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It didn't make a difference; the book was very well written and interesting.
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The reason I read this book is because I really love reading biographies and I really look up at Steve Jobs.
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Gives you a very good sense of the genius and human frailties of Steve Jobs.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By S. Yoshida on September 1, 2012
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This book resembles a parable for young readers. The author used the three stories from Steve Jobs' Stanford commencement address as themes. These themes were then fleshed-out with details of his life, from the interesting and inspiring, to the less-than-admirable aspects of his personality. Throughout, she used language and descriptions appropriate for a young audience. The Man Who Thought Different is a story of a life of searching, striving, resilience, and maturation.

I found the following especially interesting:

Jobs respected Akio Morita of Sony for his appreciation of beauty, and Edward Land of Polaroid, for wanting his company to be at the intersection of art and science.

The production of computer-animated movies requires algebra, geometry, and integral calculus. Pixar has several staff PhDs, including a physicist that specializes in air and water.

"Reed's tuition and fees for the 1972-73 year were $3,950 (about $21,400 in today's dollars)." I recall this figure as correct. I was invited by Reed College to consider studying there, to start in the same school year as Jobs. But, coming from a Hawaiian sugar plantation, I couldn't afford the cost. I attended the University of Hawaii for about $400 a year.

HTML, HTTP, and the first browser were created on a NeXT computer. Jobs believed that his machine was for interpersonal computing.

Perhaps this book could become a classic for future generations of young readers, and the young-at-heart.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on April 27, 2012
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This book surprised me because I could not put it down. Typically a biography of this nature is not my usual pick for reading, however I found the book to be fascinating. The book flows and keeps your attention, it kept me up late reading it. Steve Jobs certainly is an important man of our times to understand and this book lays out all aspects of him, the genius, the jerk and the quirky!
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Eileen on February 28, 2012
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This book is informative, well organized and thought provoking. Karen's writing in this book, as in all her other books, is a joy to read. While the book is written for students, I found there was plenty of interesting information for an adult - especially one who does not want to read the 656 pages of Isaacson's book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PAULINE M. fALSTROM on December 20, 2013
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I didn't learn anything new. I had just finished reading Walter Isaacson's biography, which I thoroughly enjoyed and I was looking for a different slant, or new material.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Renne Somoza on August 1, 2013
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My son does not enjoy reading and it's like pulling teeth to get him to open up a book. So I had to get creative when it was time to find a book for his summer reading. He loved this book from beginning to end. If your son is into iPods, iPhones, or any technology, then he will love this book. It was highly inspiring for him as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brady Snedden on May 2, 2014
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Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different, by Karen Blumenthal, is a biography about the charming life of Steve Jobs. This biography delivers a pressing tale of a quirky young boy who becomes one of the most influential and successful men in the world, and shows that not everyone is a perfect person. Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different is a great book for someone who wants to get a good idea of Jobs' life, without getting too bogged down by the deeper details.

For someone who did not know much more about Steve Jobs than he was the CEO and founder of Apple, this biography was very informational. The book sets itself up on the three points which Jobs based his 2005 Stanford graduation speech: connecting the dots of life, love and loss, and death. Each told a general area of his life which was conveniently in chronological order. Connecting the dots focuses on Jobs' early life and how events just connected up until he was fired from Apple. Love and loss details how Jobs moved on afterwards, realizing he could still follow what he loved to do. This section also detailed on Jobs development of personal relationships and his family life. Death reflected on Jobs' final years, describing his battle with cancer, and his roles in the development of the iPhone and iPad.

The author describes Jobs in both good and bad light, which gives Jobs a humanistic feel. By showing his bad side, Jobs becomes less of an idol and more of someone a reader can relate to. Jobs was an innovative man, but his crave for innovation and perfection made him hard to work with, as he would often nitpick the smallest details of a design. But his push created products few would have ever imagined.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TC on July 17, 2014
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I'm pretty sure this book is what you think it is. It's researched well enough, well written, and mostly interesting. There were a few points of interest that I don't remember being covered in the Isaacson bio, which was necessary for me to enjoy this one, as there is a lot of overlap in the way Jobs's story is told in the two biographies. However, this one is mostly a surface rendering, which may suit you, depending on your reading habits. If you want to get a sense of a broader, more compelling narrative, I recommend Isaacson's biography of Jobs. I recommend this one to anyone with an interest in Jobs/Apple and not enough time or courage to pick up Isaacson's tome.
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