Yes I agree this book is kind of just lining up Steve Jobs' life from the beginning to the end, but it's ok - his life is really interesting! I very much enjoyed hearing the history of how various apple products were developed, about his leadership style, mood swings and the so called reality distortion field. Steve Jobs was a product genious, with an immense attention to detail. However, he was also someone who regularly kicked out staff he was unhappy with in a brutal manner and ignored his first daughter for many years. Simply an a-hole at times.
The books raises questions - how will apple ever survive without him? How come he was so harsh towards people?
Anyway a very interesting read.
Book is good, but I expected more of authors interpretation of his collective learnings. Writing style is just average , expected more classy writing. I liked the book nonetheless as Steve's life is itself very inspiring to read/hear
We live in the information age, yet the biggest challenge facing humanity is communication. - Self.
Go get this book! It's worth more than what you are paying for it.
I am still part way through it and totally hooked. But it is the most honest and refreshing book you will ever read. Besides giving you the real history of Steve Jobs, the fullness gives you perspective of a very private person's life. Only Gandhi's autobiography was more honest and that is saying something.
There are books which inspire, there are those which are PR excercises and then those which inflame or criticize. This book just gives an honest, comprehensive and loose narrative of his life.
Don't look at the cynical reviews. This book is about a man who was faulty, egoistic, problematic and whole lot of other things. But, he changed the world and forced us all to think different... and we are all better for it.
One of the best book, make me admire Jobs even more. I am sad that
Walter didnt undestand why Jobs did most of the things, and the reallity distorsion that in the book they talk to much, was the way that Steve has to push and do things. I am a designer, and I know that you can make in one night hours before the due date the best job and with presure.
We will miss you Steve.
The book largely consists of anecdotes about Steve Jobs, and its very much up to the reader to draw conclusions.
The contractions of his character and the phenomenal nature of his achievements, from the original Mac to Pixar to the iPhone, means this approach makes for a great book, particularly if you have an interest in the technology sector.
Worth every cent. A amazing story about a man that we might not get to experience in our lifetime. Narrated beautifully. Well done.
This story was built for audio! Great to listen, esp when going for a long run in the morning...get this goodness!!
I've read other semi-biographies of Jobs and, working with a lot of people in the tech industry, I'd heard many of the stories of how much of a bastard he was. However, this biography left me quite bemused and surprised: I never expected Jobs to be such a disgustingly-shameless-sociopath-brat-cry-baby! even to the last minute, with Jobs having to have control over the cover image of the book.
I don't think he would have liked much of what is inside this book; which is what makes it great.
It's amazing that Jobs sought out Isaacson to write this biography. And Isaacson, pre-warning Jobs that he was going to uncover all the dirt, delivers a very inhuman story. In Isaacson other book on Einstein, he also revealed Albert's many flaws and brought Albert down to our level. With this book, he absolutely devastates the image of Jobs as a great business leader and as human being: from his stinky hippy days, to his denial of his daughter Lisa and smear campaign of the mother, to his tyrannical and plainly mean way he constantly ripped-off and mistreated other people.
I guess Job's own reflection of his life must have been also distorted by his "reality distortion field". It's great that this book came out when it did. If anything, it shows that Steve Jobs was not in the same league as other great inventors and geniuses of the past century. Jobs just rode on the great ideas of those around him. If it was him that made those ideas successful is unclear, so Jobs is just shown as part of the greater collective that was, and remains, Apple computers.
I anything, it's good that Isaacson shows why no one should take inspiration from the cold, hard, tyrannical a**hole that was Steve Jobs. A great read! And proof you can't judge a book by its cover.