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
This is the kind of styles I like: good pace, cerebral, well-documented, meaty, mind-bending.
I gave a five to the biography and I enjoyed the reading from start to finish. There is so much to say with this subject that, I guess, it would be hard to write a biography that is not fascinating. For those who are not yet convinced that they should read it, I'd just say this.
Steve Jobs did create Apple but the most successful early Apple products were done by someone else who did even want to be part of such a venture.
He set up the Mac but it wasn't unclear that Mac was even such a success.
He managed a large piece of the company but it took only a few years before all people around him decided to get rid of him.
He created another company of his own and had to bankroll it and seemed to be doomed unless some crazy person would decide to buy it.
And this goes on and on..
Interestingly, the book shows that Jobs was able to get to success only after going forward after many from small to catastrophic failures. It takes greatness not to ever give up and the book offers a great example of resilience in the face of adversity.
One place where the book falls very short is the complacency to the subject. This is not an autobiography but the reverence of the biographer is a bit distracting. To give you an example, the biographer goes so far as to make judgments about the relative merits of a Pixar movie compared to the movie of a competitor, even the movie had not been designed or managed by Jobs. As a biography, I felt the book is very obedient about focusing almost entirely on the subject's professional life and, although only by small strokes, on what is already known of the subject's personal life. There is a bit of a missed opportunity in not bringing forward some unknown anecdotes or personal moments to better understand the person and his choices.
Yes - reveals the good and bad about Jobs; not necessarily in that order.
I was shocked to learn how many time Jobs cried as an Executive among his peers.
No - too long to listen to in one sitting.
The narrator was EXCELLENT! When I make my decisions of which books to purchase in the future, his name could be the deciding factor.
I enjoyed the 2nd half of the book the most, and loved the development of the iPod. It amazed me how the pieces fell into place.
unbiased (mostly) look inside of one of the cultural shapers of our world today. despite knowing the endings of each scenario a suspense was written into the fabric of the book.
I had owned several iPods, iPhones and two different version of the iPad; but after listening to this was inspired to get my first MacBook Pro.
I was impressed by the balance in the story telling presenting both Job's genius and flaws and I was inspired to be better in business and better as a father after the experience.
There were many memorable things about Steve Jobs, but I was most taken aback with his total lack of humanity in some areas of his life. Most notably with his daughter Lisa, when she was born, he went so far as to deny paternity. He eventually took his head out of his you know what and had something akin to a relationship with her as she got older, but I don't think he ever got wiser.
The quicksilver nature of Jobs that could be infuriating one minute, consumingly charming and engaged another moment, and then completely cool, shut down, distant and unavailable the next. All this can be confusing in print, but is crystal clear when heard out loud.
This book made me a total Apple convert, I am typing this on my iPad as we speak, and my next PC will be an Apple as well. I am not, however, a big Steve Jobs fan. This book has only confirmed my opinion. I learned a ton of stuff, though, which was my goal anyway, so it was well worth the price of admission.
His way of searching for the best.
Jobs itself, he was a genius.
the meetings at apple
A simple life of a genius.
I recommend everyone to read the book or listen this audiobook. It will motivate you to go further and think differently.
Perhaps. This is a biography of such an incredible person, you learn a lot from it, and might learn more by reading again.
I would put this in my top 10 if not the top 5 books I've read or listened to...ever. I am an Apple fan so that probably influenced my opinion of the book but I found it really interesting. This is not only a book only about how great a man (maybe CEO is a better word because he wasn't a model human being) Steve was but is an honest look into his life. There are many unflattering things written here and the author had so much access to Steve that I can't imagine any other book being as accurate or authentic about Steve's life.
There were many. It kind of turns upside down what I learned in business school 20 years ago about how to make product decisions with focus groups and manage people. I don't support Steve's management style but he did somehow motivate people to do things they didn't think they could do.
I found this book to be motivational that anything is possible. I also enjoyed the history on how the various Apple products came into existence because I remember having some of them. This isn't like reading a history book of something before my lifetime which helped make it more relevant to me.All in all, I highly recommend the book regardless of whether or not you like Steve or Apple.
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