Google It: A History of Google

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A book review of Google It: a History of Google – How Two Students’ Mission to Organize the Internet Changed the World by Anna Crowley Redding

A book review of Google It: a History of Google - How Two Students' Mission to Organize the Internet Changed the World by Anna Crowley Redding

Stars: *****

Feiwel and Friends Group (2018)
Biographies
240 pages

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Summary: In Google It, award-winning investigative reporter Anna Crowley Redding shares an inspiring story of innovation, personal and intellectual bravery, and most importantly, of shooting for the moon in order to change the world. Think. Invent. Organize. Share. Don’t be evil. And change the world.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin started out as two Stanford college students with a wild idea: They were going to organize the world’s information. From that one deceptively simple goal, they created one of the most influential and innovative companies in the world.

The word “google” has even entered our vocabulary as a verb. Now, find out the true history of Google―from its humble beginnings as a thesis project made out of “borrowed” hardware and discount toys through its revolution of the world’s relationship with technology to a brief glimpse of where they might take us next.

Google It: A History of Google

If you’ve ever wondered how Google came to be THE search engine, this is a very interesting story. It’s crazy how they got to where they are because they had to take risks that you wouldn’t have thought would pay off normally but here we are.

The story is interesting as I said but also the book is laid out in a pleasing manner. The fonts used are easy on the eyes and there’s little sidebars throughout that explain terminology such as conversational text or PageRank. There are also screenshots of early Google which is sometimes amusing and a blast from the past for those of us older than Google and probably very interesting to those who aren’t. There are some asides presented on darker paper too. The colour scheme of blue, white and grey is pleasing to the eyes.

This would be a great read for anyone interested in how the internet came to be where it is today or anyone who loves biographies of science and technology people.

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About Kathleen

I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.

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