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From an Idea to Google: How Innovation at Google Changed the World
HMH. (From an Idea to). Jul. 2019. 128p. bibliog. chron. notes. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781328954916; pap. $5.99. ISBN 9781328954923.
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Gr 5-7–Beginning with the background of founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, this slim volume covers the development of Google from its first inspiration to its current status. Throughout the book, there are illustrations, definitions of key terms, fun facts, and quotes from Page and Brin. Along with detailing the basic mechanics of a Google search, there are explanations of the company’s mission, their celebration of failures, and their effort “to be the third half of your brain.” Back matter includes a time line, examples of real questions asked during Google job interviews, extensive source notes, and a bibliography. It is hard to imagine the world without the convenience of Google, but it took even more imagination to create Google in the first place. The author does a thorough job of presenting the personalities of Page and Brin, as well as the evolution of their creation.
VERDICT Highly recommended for readers with an interest in technology, programming, and successful entrepreneurs

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