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Steve Jobs: Technology Innovator and Apple Genius

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On October 5, 2011, the news of the death of technology innovator Steve Jobs rocked the world. The failing health of the Apple cofounder and Pixar CEO was no secret. Jobs had given up his role as Apple's CEO just a few months prior because of his struggle with pancreatic cancer. But his death still drew a huge reaction. From Apple employees and fans to political and business leaders, people honored Jobs's passing by reflecting on his prolific ...

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Overview

On October 5, 2011, the news of the death of technology innovator Steve Jobs rocked the world. The failing health of the Apple cofounder and Pixar CEO was no secret. Jobs had given up his role as Apple's CEO just a few months prior because of his struggle with pancreatic cancer. But his death still drew a huge reaction. From Apple employees and fans to political and business leaders, people honored Jobs's passing by reflecting on his prolific life that greatly influenced the way technology is used.

In 1976, Jobs founded Apple Computer with Steve Wozniak. As the leaders of Apple, they developed concepts—such as navigating by using a mouse to click screen icons—that shaped the way we use and interact with computers. Jobs's forward-thinking engineering also influenced pop culture, bringing us a music revolution with the iPod, the ultimate communication device with the iPhone, and some of the first computer-animated films through Pixar.

Called by some "the da Vinci of our time," Jobs used his innovation and vision to help advance technology like no other. He lived his life following a simple premise: "The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do."

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
Steve Jobs was a computer technology and entrepreneurial giant. Born at the right time and educated in the right place, Jobs rode the crest of the invention wave that poured like a tsunami over Silicon Valley before it was Silicon Valley. Intellectually advanced for his age, he fell in love with the new science of computer technology while in high school and landed a summer job with Hewlett-Packard where he soaked up information about the emerging field of computers. Doeden's book follows Jobs through his brief college career (he dropped out of Reed College) to the company he started with Steve Wozniak and their first sales of Apple I in 1976. In the 1980s, he parted ways with Apple, the company he'd founded less than 10 years before. But in 1996, he rejoined Apple and led the company's expansion into the Internet with the iMac, then into the music industry with the iPod, and into telecommunications with the iPhone—giving Jobs the nickname iGod. Jobs had the singular talent of taking a product that already existed and making it cool, a must-have. Sadly, Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2003 and passed away on October 5, 2011, almost two years after introducing yet another innovative product, the iPad, in 2010. Doeden's book presents Job's life and accomplishments in even-handed, succinct text supported with photographs and sidebars that add background to the text on the page. This book is one in the "Gateway Biographies" series and concludes with a timeline labeled "Important Dates", source notes, a selected bibliography, a list of resources titled "Further Reading", and an index. Doeden's book would be a good addition to a middle or high school library or class on technology or entrepreneurship. Reviewer: Hazel Buys
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—Joining a cascade of biographies celebrating the achievements of the chief spokesperson of the technological revolution, this relatively short profile offers a clear account of Jobs's early successes, occasional failures, quirky personal habits and relationships, and spectacular late-career comeback. Though Doeden arguably misses the boat in assigning Jobs "near godlike" status among "technology buffs" (marketing and design buffs, yes—but except in its early days, Apple has seldom if ever been on the technological cutting edge)—he does lay out with unusual clarity the formula that catapulted Jobs and Apple to brand-name stardom: relentless focus on the end-user experience; seamless hardware/software functionality; and addictively elegant design. A closing multimedia resource list and plenty of slightly fuzzy but well-chosen photos of significant people and products enhance a perceptive portrait of an iconic entrepreneur.—John Peters, Children's Literature Consultant, New York City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781467702157
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Series: Gateway Biographies Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 880L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt Doeden was born in southern Minnesota and lived parts of his childhood in Golden Valley, Minnesota, and Madison, Minnesota. He studied journalism at Mankato State University, where he worked at the college newspaper for three years. In his senior year, he served as the paper's Sports Editor, which put him in charge of the entire sports section, the sports writers, and the photographers. He covered mostly college sports, but also the Minnesota Vikings, who held training camp at MSU. His work allowed him to meet and interview people like Dennis Green, Cris Carter, Robert Smith, and more. Matt went on to work as a sports writer for the Mankato paper, and then he got a job as an editor with a small children's publisher called Capstone Press, and in 2003 he decided to start his own business as a freelance writer and editor. Since then Matt has written and edited hundreds of books. Lots of them are on high-interest topics like cars, sports, and airplanes. He also writes and edits on geography, science, and even math.

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