Not much. He was, without a doubt, the straw that stirred the drink at Apple, but at the same time he was a horrible human being who treated the people in his life as well as his employees as little more than dirt. He cried and threw tantrums when he didn't get his way and was a master manipulator. Macheavelli would have loved Steve Jobs.. Jobs' ego ultimately killed him as it disconnected him from the reality of his cancer. When he finally got a grip on reality, it was too late. His story could have been written by Shakespeare. I bought an iPhone shortly before strarting Isaacson's book and mentioned to my wife that had I read the book first I wouldn't have bought any Apple product.
When he returned to Apple and brought it back from the brink.
The last encounter between Jobs and Bill Gates.
A Twenty-First Century Shakespeare Tragedy!
Isaacson did a magnificent job of weaving the entire tapestry of Jobs' life, warts and all. An excellant work of literature, it truly makes us examine why we hold these people in such high regard, giving them a pass on being total jerks because they produce beautiful objects that we can't seem to live without.
This is an excellent book. With Apple being such a large part of our daily lives, everyone should read this book. If you are in product development of some kind, it is an absolute must. If you are like me, you will find yourself quoting the book and reciting anecdotes everyday, until eventually people will tell you that they plan on reading the book. Isaacson does a fabulous job of giving you a glimpse of this highly eccentric genius whose strength of will has changed our world. In time I will read it again.
Mac Movie Maker
Driven, Visionary, Selfish
All the ins and outs of Apple, Next, Pixar, and Steves LIfe in general.
I nice feel of someone who really did get as close as one could get to Steve and asked all the questions I would want to know about the many facets of Steves life, times, and careers.
Yes, but that would have been impossible.
Buy this book. Whether you're a Apple Junkie like me or a PC person. This man was at the heart of everything in computing whether you like it or not. That's what has always been so attractive about Apple. They are always ahead of the curve with the rest of the industry. And when the industry catches up, they find out (usually in a short time) that their new product is just a catch up of Apples yesterday news. Apple innovates while the rest chase after.
For me yes. I don't have time to sit down with a print book and read.
Development and creation of Pixar
No, I have not
I was basically in awe of the talent of the man. He was not loyal to people but his genius was amazing.
It was boring after the first few hours of the story. The writing was boring, but Steve Jobs' personality was grating.
No, I think that this was just particularly bad.
It didn't add anything to the book.
I am living my life in such a way that when my feet hit the floor in the morning, satan shudders and says, 'O crap, she's awake!'
So far, no. I've lost interest quickly.
I was interested in learning about business, not Steve Jobs personally.
Nothing remarkable to record.
No. Again, the marketing was better than the book.
I could get past the first ten chapters, it gets too technical.
All the same
Yes, if they take out a lot of the technical stuff.
I keep saying this beware of the pricing. The Kindle buy icon is dependent on some membership fee.
I didn't read the print version.
Steve as the unkempt, barefoot, stinky hippie. The descriptions of some of his early interactions with business types were hysterical.
My favorite section was about the original Mac team and how Steve hand-selected rogue engineers to be part of his pirate Mac brigade. It sounded like a corporate version of the pranks he used to pull when he was in high school. A little weird, but too funny.
Some of the moments when the author described monumental decisions Steve made during his life I reflected on how big a change those choices made on my life (everyone's life) made me tear up in awe of how much Steve Jobs, and Apple, were able to accomplish in such a short time.
This audio book was 25 hours long. The author wrote it so well, and the narrator read it so well, that I never lost interest in the story from start to finish. I may even listen to it again. The whole thing was incredibly well done.
Very interesting in general.
Very poorly compared with Einstein.
I would have to have a very good preview.
Unfortunately, Baker makes some of the most brilliant and successful men in contemporary American business sound like sophomoric dolts. While I am pleased to have had the convenience of listening to the book when I might otherwise not have been able to, I cannot recommend this particular performance.
Some people are driven . This is a great window into a driven persons world .
enjoyable biography .
Makes me wonder what he could have achieved . even with more acid