Book review: Steve Jobs: Insanely Great, by Jessie Hartland

Hartland, Jessie. Steve Jobs: Insanely Great. Schwartz & Wade. 2015. $22.95. 222p. 978-0-307-98295-7. Ages 12-15. P7Q9

Hartland Steve JobsCollege dropout, Buddhist, control freak, brilliant strategist—these are just a few faces of the erratic, eccentric man who started Apple in his family garage when he was 21 and was even temporarily thrown out of the company he created. Hartland begins with the years of a mischievous child and includes his spiritual journey as well as his career success with Apple, Pixar, and NeXT as well as his relationships and illness that led to his death in 2011. She avoids any judgment about his behavior, simply chronicling the history of this complex man. Her pencil “squiggle” style and seemingly handwritten text gives a feeling of intimacy in this graphic biography with the same simple approach as that of Jobs, and computing terms are explained within the text. Spreads describe the developing technology beginning with the 1970s. An excellent way to explore the life of a man who changed life as we know it.

September 2015 review by Nel Ward.


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