Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal

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Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different
Karen Blumenthal
Feiwel and Friends, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-250-014450 OR 978-1-250-01557-0
FORMAT: Nonfiction, Biography
AGES: Young Adult
4 Stars

I read this book as part of the YALSA’s nonfiction challenge.

Who was Steve Jobs? Why was he so important in the computer industry? The music industry? The phone industry? How could one man make such a difference in the world? This is a great biography that goes through all these questions, and helps young adults understand the person who made it possible for them to have the technology in their pocket that they do.

I liked the book. It gave good insight and personality to a person who was just a big name to me before. I like how it didn’t shy away from his faults or his successes. It showed both his temper and his vision and how he was real–not just a glorified business man who changed the world. I liked how there were interesting photographs of Jobs. I liked the format of the biography where it connected his life to the three stories he told at a graduation speech he gave. I don’t even want to say much more about this one, because to it explains so much I never understood about Steve Jobs. Yes, he was a jerk at times. But he was an effective leader who changed things for ways in which I am grateful. Even now I have my iPhone syncing with iTunes so I can update all my apps and my playlists. Without Steve Jobs, I wouldn’t have that. And I like understanding the background about a person,a company, and a product that has changed my life for the better.

Book Discussion Questions:
Why do you believe Steve Jobs was as effective as he was?
What characteristics did Steve Jobs have that made him a good leader of Apple? What traits weren’t so great?
How did his life “connect the dots”?
Why did he live his life as if each day might be his last? How did that change what he did?
Why will people remember the name Steve Jobs?
What will you learn from his life? How will that change how you live your life?

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