I think this may be a good book. I can't tell. I chose the abridged version, and it is so terribly edited as to be awful. That is, it feels like whoever did the abridging went in with an axe and whacked away here and there, leaving all the cut edges exposed and bleeding. The result is a story that jumps from topic to topic, with some whole chapters cut down to a few sentences. If I were Steve Jobs, I'd say "this sucks".
Go for the full version; overall, the writing is good and the reader is good and the story seems interesting. It's just too bad the abridgement was so sloppy.
When I ordered this book, I thought "how many hours of Steve Jobs do I need"?
Turns out, I could have used more. Very enjoyable.
Likes: Cozy mysteries (cats a plus), personal memoirs,not too dark fantasy, books about the brain. Dislikes: Torture, animal cruelty.
This is not a book I would have normally selected. I read it for a book club at my job. I found it pretty tedious at times, and was immensely glad I had the abridged version. It was plenty of Steve Jobs. I know I would not have wanted to work for or even know the man. I think the abridged version very much skimped on his relationships with his wife and kids, and perhaps that would have been interesting. (If that is your area of interest, do not go with the abridged.) Mostly it was about his work and what an intolerable jerk he was there. The book seems to reinforce the belief that you have to be a jerk to be successful, which I find annoying. It had its interesting moments. I felt old when they discussed the infancy of PCs and I realized I was around then.
My favorite part was one meeting he had after a failed product release. He gathers the people on the project around and asked what the product was supposed to do. So they tell him and he shouts, “So why the f*** doesn’t it do that?” I’ve been at sunset reviews at work where it would have been very satisfying to ask that. One of the few times we touch on Jobs' personal life is in the story of his biological father and how Jobs had unknowingly already met the man. I found that very interesting. But let’s be real. Steve Jobs was a jerk and that gets old after a while.
Binary. This is the word Isaacson uses to describe Steve Jobs. I get it now. After listening to so many stories about his life and interviews with those who knew him, I feel like I can better understand the complicated personality of Steve Jobs. I learned more about him as an entrepreneur, a father, a friend, and a player in humanity.
Really well written and balanced delivery of a remarkable man's contribution to this world! As with most great achievers its sad to see how they failed to balance their family life, try as they may.
Steve's product development process and a better understanding of the changes Apple went through.
The pain of being a genius!