iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It

iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It

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by Steve Wozniak
     
 

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"iWoz traces the life and times of a brilliant, gifted... individual whose contributions to the scientific, business and cultural realms are extensive."—?Bookpage
Before slim laptops that fit into briefcases, computers looked like strange, alien vending machines. But in "the most staggering burst of technical invention by a single person in high-tech

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"iWoz traces the life and times of a brilliant, gifted... individual whose contributions to the scientific, business and cultural realms are extensive."—?Bookpage
Before slim laptops that fit into briefcases, computers looked like strange, alien vending machines. But in "the most staggering burst of technical invention by a single person in high-tech history" ('BusinessWeek') Steve Wozniak invented the first true personal computer. Wozniak teamed up with Steve Jobs, and Apple Computer was born, igniting the computer revolution and transforming the world. Here, thirty years later, the mischievous genius with the low profile treats readers to a rollicking, no-holds-barred account of his life—for once, in the voice of the wizard himself.

Editorial Reviews

J.D. Biersdorfer - New York Times Book Review
“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.”
Enterprise
“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.”
Chris Hartman - Christian Science Monitor
“Sincerity and enthusiasm are the hallmarks of this irrepressible memoir; and Wozniak's optimism offers an example to us all.”
Peter Burrows - BusinessWeek
“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.”
Russ Juskalian - USA Today
“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.”
James Sullivan - Boston Sunday Globe
“Steve Wozniak tells his version of the company's genesis in an endearingly gee-whiz conversational style.”
Book Passage
“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.”
George Anders - Wall Street Journal
“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.”
Stephen "Woz" Wozniak claims that he was inspired by Tom Swift; but even that fictional science wizard would be dazzled by the achievements of the Apple co-founder. Wozniak's 1975 brainstorm developed into the Apple I, the world's first true personal computer. This engineering and marketing breakthrough became the catalyst of a revolution that we still happily inhabit. In this brisk memoir, the reclusive "Wizard of Woz" describes his epoch-making years at Apple and his multiple careers thereafter. He also describes his recovery from a 1981 airplane crash, which left him temporarily without a short-term memory. The "Other Steve," the silent half of Apple, speaks out.
Rob Pegoraro
At its best, the book shows "Woz" to be a quirky, dedicated innovator who would have been a perfect subject of one of Apple's "Think Different" ads if only he hadn't helped start the company first. iWoz opens with scenes from an idyllic middle-class childhood of reading kids' adventure books, playing sports and fiddling with wires and circuits. Wozniak expresses deep contentment at how he learned the finer points of electronics through his dad's gentle coaching and his own sometimes obsessive tinkering.
— The Washington Post
J. D. Biersdorfer
This book may not be the smoothest read in town, but it does seem to accurately reflect the restless, inventive mind of its author. 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. One thing is evident after wending your way through iWoz: Steve Wozniak learned to "think different" long before the company he helped found ever started using that phrase in a marketing campaign.
— The New York Times
Library Journal
The life and inventiveness of the man who made the computer personal. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information
Russ Juskalian
Mostly, 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.
— USA Today
Peter Burrows
This memoir truly reflects its author, both in its subject matter and its happy-go-lucky tone. ... At its best, iWoz is what its author says he hoped the book would be: an inspiration for nerdy kids who may feel "outside the norm."
—BusinessWeek

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393330434
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/22/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
173,931
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile:
940L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Steve Wozniak has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and has received numerous awards, including the National Medal of Technology and the Heinz Award. He lives in California.

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4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Jose J. Ortiz More than 1 year ago
If you want to meet the real Steve Wozniak, then this is the book for you. I picked it up yesterday on the Nook store and I simply could not put it down. It feels like Woz is kindly guiding you, thru very pleasant and fascinating insights, on a brilliant tour of his life and work. Two thumbs way, way up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This honest memoir of Apple innovator Steve Wozniak's life runs from a childhood spent discovering how things work to his breakthrough: building the first affordable computer with a keyboard and monitor. Written in an unconventional, first-person style, this autobiography is chatty, and sounds almost childlike. 'Woz' tells stories of pranks he played, people who influenced him and the inventions he created. The first half of the book covers his life before Apple, and the second half tells of Apple's birth as a company, and his life during and after Apple. We recommend this personal visit with Woz to those with an interest in the history of technology and, in particular, the Apple-seed that gave birth to the Mac.
BoomerFromTexas More than 1 year ago
Very amusing, well written, funny and lots of insight. This is a "Must Read" for anyone with an interest in computers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a truly candid look into the passion, love affair that exists between an inventor and his work. It¿s the real deal, Stephen Wozniak and Apple. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to take a peek into what really happened at Apple.
DudMc3 More than 1 year ago
A must read for electronics nerds. I couldn't put it down, it is easy reading and oh so relatable. His description makes it easy to see how he came up with the idea for the personal computer. I chuckled all through the book reading about his brilliant pranks. I'm a bunch of years younger but I grew up in the same area and well remember the Commodore PET and TRS-80. It's a fun book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Iwoz i ss great. Im nit very ito computers but wozniak puts it in lame mans terms and at a fu pace. Well done
PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
IWOZ  What a delightful read! Not only was this a captivating memoir, but also a fun walk down memory lane. As you read the hard-to-put-down life story of Steve Wozniak, you also get a glimpse into the technological history of our lives. I'll be honest; I'm an admitted Apple fan. My motto is "once you go Mac, you never go back." But even if you have never owned anything made by Apple, your life has been changed and made easier by the innovative creativity of "the great Woz" and his partner Steve Jobs, and this would likely be an interesting read. I highly recommend this autobiography of the first, best and brightest "Apple Genius."
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I find that offensive and very much abusive and acusing. I am ten and turning eleven in november so......please be nice to the others and remembetr some twelve year olds act pretty much orderly.....unlike you who seems to be an eleven year old!
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If you have read .......Steve Jobs..........this is the rest of the story.
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This was an excellent read. I read through it during and after work for 2 days straight. Woz speaks just enough about the technical to keep geeks interested, but not so much that it gets confusing. It is great to read the thoughts of the creator of the first functional personal computer.
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No, it's not that it's so good I can't put it down, it's that the book seems like it was written by a third grader. For someone who is supposed to have a 200+ IQ, Wozniak obviously isn't a literary genius. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy books about the history of technology and its inovators, and this book features some interesting tales of Apple's rise. But the story could have been told a lot better than it is here. Simple sentences and a lot of bragging (Woz has earned the right to brag but it comes off sounding like a child who has something to prove) make it difficult to read. Much like listening to a George Bush speach. Okay, maybe that's too harsh (sorry, Steve!) If I had it to do over, I wouldn't have bought this book.
BobJay More than 1 year ago
I can't believe all the positive reviews of this book. I bought it when it was initially released four years ago and it read like it was written by some vindictive, braggart tweleve year old. I was totally embarassed for Wozniak. Not worth the price, even if it's free, people.