Featuring a new epilogue read by the author.
From the author of the best-selling biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, this is the exclusive biography of Steve Jobs.
Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years - as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues - Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.
At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the 21st century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.
Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.
Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple's hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.
©2011 Walter Isaacson (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!
Authors PAY ATTENTION...This is what a biography SHOULD be. Well researched, perfectly constructed, and structurally sound, this biography will leave you fulfilled. Whether you were a casual fan of Jobs, or a die hard Apple nut, this book is a must read! Highly recommend unabridged.
I am amazed at how good this biography actually is! Steve Jobs was a brilliant man with a sometimes appalling personality. I now understand why he was fired from Apple-- I would have voted to let him go as well-why his car had no license plate, why the mac computer is so great and why only he could have created iPad and iPhone.Well done Walter Isaacson! And the reader is perfect too.
I just finished "Steve Jobs" and will probably go back and listen again on my iPod. I did not have a problem with the narration as some seemed to have. He wasn't trying to impersonate Steve Jobs or anyone else. He was narrating a book.
I feel Isaacson did a great job of capturing the essence of a man who was like a wisp of smoke, sometimes dark and heavy sometimes light and airy. I will never again pick up an Apple product without thinking of the man behind the company.
This well-written portrayal of the genius founder of Apple Steve Jobs is hard to put down once you get started. Thankfully, the author was allowed by Jobs to get the true story behind his interesting life by interviewing his former employees, friends and family. The best part is following his long list of amazing accomplishments while learning the inside secrets of his troubled personal life. Amazing book!!
I would imagine that it is very difficult to find much new to say about a figure who, despite his penchant for privacy, spent so much of his life in the public eye. But Mr. Isaacson succeeds admirably. This books was probably intended to be the definitive record of Steve Jobs' life, and it is certainly that. The timeline approach shows the development and maturing of his character as well as his professional accomplishments over the span of his life.
There is no doubt that he was a genius and the book traces the unfolding of that brilliance, and in what I think is the key value of the book, shows the cost that those around him paid for their relationship with him.
Even as he was in the hospital for his liver transplant, he was a terror to those around him; family, doctors and nurses. One is left wondering if this person felt love or empathy or compassion for anyone. His self centered and often cruel existence was seemingly tolerated because of his wealth, talent, and accomplishments.
In the end the book raises an existential question (at least for me)...do his accomplishments and revolutionizing products excuse his behavior towards others? I would grade his professional life as an A+, but his interpersonal life would be an F-.
As we would say in Southern California, that dude is going to have some crazy karma in his next life.
The performance is decent but not great in my opinion. The book is very honest. Covers all aspects of Steve Jobs life and career.
jobs chose isaacson as his biographer
it's easy to see why jobs liked him so much
isaacson saw through the anger and power and hype
the least interesting person in this book may be steve jobs
he was relentlessly bratty / indulged / immature / shrill / mean
it's only his family and co-workers that made the story real
jobs' apple products were more fascinating he was
to be his customer was a better deal than to be his friend
by the end of the book you have some sympathy for bill gates
the recent edison biography told essentially the same story
the man was only understood by a hard look at this products
everything else religion/family/friends was just a footnote to that
jobs' life " stood at the corner of technology and liberal arts "
as the manager of that intersection you take your hat off to him
as a human being you might be tempted to put your hat back on
The book is full of details and drama as well as trying to depict Jobs' true character. Many people know the names of big CEO's business-wise but Steve Jobs life perpetuated legendary tales and myths. Many people don't understand Apple culture and the drive behind it; a reality created by Steve Jobs. This book will go far into bringing you that understanding and for those who follow all of Apple lore it'll add more dimension to what you know and correct wrong assumptions.
I stayed up late to wait for this to be released on Audible. It was worth it. I listened non-stop to the book on my iPhone. There was a lot of new stories in it I hadn't heard before. The books flows really well, Walter Isaacson's writing is great. If you are interested in hearing about Steve Job''s life, then this book is a perfect experience. A lot of funny moments, and a lot of "huh, seriously?" moments too.
author & web developer
Steve Jobs is such a complex individual that it's amazing what a good job Isaacson was able to do. I found that the book, though long, is so compelling and intricately woven that it kept me turning the pages most of the night for three nights in a row! At first, I was a bit put off by the reader, but as the book moved on, I was glad for his performance. Steve Jobs is not just a book about a world class "asshole" or creative genius. Nor is it simply about tech developments and the growth of Silicone Valley or the insanely great products Jobs and Apple created. It is also an accurate reflection of my own life writ large. All of Steve's strivings for excellence, his almost naive romanticism and his spiritual questing I shared coming of age here in Northern California. My husband shared them, too. This may be one reason I found the book so exceptional. I am eager now to read Isaacson's other bios. I find him almost as amazing as his fascinating subject!
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