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A History of Google
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...
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...
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  • 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.
    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.

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  • Anna Crowley Redding is the author of Google It, Elon Musk: A Mission to Save the World, and Black Hole Chasers. The recipient of multiple Edward R. Murrow and Associated Press awards, Crowley Redding uses her Emmy award-winning investigative reporting skills to dig into compelling topics that are shaping our world. Her works have been translated into multiple languages, garnered national news coverage, and been recognized by the National Association of Science Teachers for excellence. Crowley Redding lives outside of Portland, Maine with her family.

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  • School Library Journal

    July 1, 2018

    Gr 6 Up-This readable and breezy history of the tech behemoth begins with the 1995 meeting of cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin at Stanford University, where Google (initially called BackRub) began as their doctoral thesis. Short chapters dip back to Page's and Brin's childhoods, then rapidly trace the company's time line to the present, providing ample context, which is particularly important, given that the intended audience is likely to need some background on business and tech concepts and to imagine how life was before Google. Well-placed images, callouts, and short interstitial chapters ("Not To Drone on, but...") add humor, clarify noteworthy points, and underscore the strong sense of pacing. Although the consistently cheerful tone is inviting and contributes to ease of reading, it also glosses over some more problematic aspects of Google and Alphabet, its umbrella company. Recent news about YouTube (an Alphabet subsidiary) has ranged from disheartening to disturbing, while controversy has swirled regarding Google's handling of diversity initiatives. Difficult issues, such as the compromise with the Chinese government over censorship, are mentioned, but Redding stops short of questioning whether Google has strayed from its famous ethical motto: "Don't be evil." Instead Page, Brin, and Google are cast as central (and largely sympathetic) figures in a narrative of conquest. VERDICT An appealing and timely look at a universally relevant subject and a good fit for STEAM-related reading lists.-Miriam DesHarnais, Towson University, MD

    Copyright 2018 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    Starred review from June 1, 2018
    Grades 7-10 *Starred Review* This is an entertaining history of how Google, now almost 20 years old, has become so ubiquitous in many lives. Stanford University students Larry Page and Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin. began a PhD thesis project (initially called BackRub!) to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Eventually, it evolved into Google, and this book covers further innovations, from Google Doodle to Google Home and Google's project expansion into space travel, health, and ways to prolong life. One of the newest projects is a balloon-powered internet for areas lacking an internet infrastructure. Some innovations have failed (remember Google Glass?), and their success hasn't been without controversy. Some authors believed Google Books was a copyright infringement, while Gmail led people to question privacy issues. Google was criticized for allowing China to censor certain searches until Google redirected those users to another site. Investigative journalist Redding does an admirable job of chronicling the co-creators' amazing successes and will inspire young people to follow in their ingenious footsteps. It's more comprehensive than other books for young readers about Google's founders, with energetically written short chapters, interesting facts, graphics, and photos, although it does lack an index. The sky is the limit on what this fantastically innovative company can achieve.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2018, American Library Association.)

  • Booklist, starred review

    "Investigative journalist Redding does an admirable job of chronicling Larry and Sergey's amazing successes and will inspire young people to follow in their ingenious footsteps. It's more comprehensive than other books for young readers about Google's founders, with energetically written short chapters, interesting facts, graphics, and photos"

  • School Library Journal "This readable and breezy history of the tech behemoth [is] An appealing and timely look at a universally relevant subject and a good fit for STEAM-related reading lists."
  • VOYA

    "This chronological history of the first two decades of Google is attractively packaged to appeal to a teen audience. ... Humorous accounts of Google's unpretentious beginnings as a student project, and its early years as a bare-bones startup in a friend's garage will intrigue teens who dream of growing their own projects into software and devices used by millions."

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