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The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Canto)
C.S. Lewis
Boys and Girls Learn Differently!: A Guide for Teachers and Parents
Michael Gurian, Terry Trueman, Patricia Henley
Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet
Christian Wiman
Deep River: The Life and Music of Robert Shaw
Keith C. Burris
Daring, Trusting Spirit
John De Gruchy
The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church
John Thavis
The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia
Orlando Figes

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

iWoz - Steve Wozniak, Gina Smith This is book is very worthwhile to read... but perhaps for not the most obvious reasons. It is not well written. Understanding Steve Wozniak's distrust of people who tell the story of the founding of Apple and get it wrong, I think he decided to write this book himself and not trust anyone who might twist it into something else. He is an engineer, in the truest and best sense, and he is an introvert. These things come out in the book, and make it a much different read perhaps than might be expected. Don't expect emotional misty eyed passages as Woz and Steve Jobs create Apple.... expect the nuts and bolts of things an engineer finds fascinating. He corrects some wrong information out there about Apple and himself. One correction, he did finish college. It has been reported widely that he dropped out and never got a college degree. That's wrong. Another correction, he designed and built both the Apple I and Apple II computers himself without help. Also, he never quit Apple out of anger or bitterness. He did leave Apple to start another company, but he actually is still an Apple employee.So read it in the interest of finding out the accurate history, from a man who was there and made it happen.One of my favorite quotes from the back of the book that made me laugh is one from Guy Kawasaki who wrote "The Art of the Start and Rules for Revolutionaries" :"It is, in a nutshell, the engineer's manifesto. I hope that the so-called 'innovation experts' and MBA's choke when they read it."