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
I liked the personal insight I finally had on someone that I feel I've know my whole life.
It is especially nice to have an audio book on a road trip. My boyfriend & I were able to listen to the book all the way from San Diego to San Francisco & back again. It was great since a lot of the places we drove trough & visited were mentioned in the book. Also, it was nice to be able to have a book we were literally reading the same page! It inspired great discussions. We'll be doing this more often!
He was definately an interesting character and i imagine you either really liked him or really hated him
Steve Jobs. You would have to hear the book to understand.
Mostly i was surprised at what Steve Jobs was like.
Knowing that Steve Jobs and his wife didn't want to read the book before it was published or have any say it what was written made the book that much better. They wanted only the truth to be written, whether it was bad or good.
I have heard of this book a long time ago. I finally find the chance to listen to it.
yes. It is kind of funny.
The part which Jobs didn't want to have any input of the book, beside the cover. He wanted his true story be told. Bravo on that.
The conflict of his personality.
I enjoyed this audio book. Kept my long distance drive seemed short and easy.
Yes, it was so interesting and entertaining as well.
No, it was much too long.
A very inspirational story which helped me to understand how Jobs innovated not only the computer industry but several others. After finishing the book I had to buy a MacBook which was used ti write this review.
Listening to the story during my commute to work was the most enjoyable part of my ride. For once I didn't mind being in traffic.
This is my generation, and having worked in high tech as a marketer, graphic designer and design engineer I certainly have some bias. Although a friend of mine that worked in HR said she also couldn't put it down. I even did graphics on the Xerox graphic computer (and loved it) before Mac. Also, grew up to Dylan, the Beatles, etc.
In the cell phone industry one of my bosses met with Jobs and said he was not interested in doing business with us because he could not allow carriers to call the shots about his product, price and marketing. She said "he'll learn" :-)
This book was fascinating even as just a pure business book. Jobs had the cojónes to have this book reveal him warts and all from the perspective of how others saw him, from genius to jack-ass (or something to that effect).
Very well done.
There has been some criticism of the book for ending abruptly. I'd like to know more but given the circumstances I can forgive that. Maybe the author can add a part II and give us more about the personal side as he was ailing.
SPOILER ALERT: Early on the story before any mention of illness, several times Jobs said he was not going to live long but there was no explanation of why he thought this. Nobody asked him? One can be skinny and eat a particular diet and still feel fine. He must have had some discomforts to explain this, please follow up on this aspect of the story Mr. Isaacson. Otherwise Bravo.
Wow. I've followed Steve Jobs for as long as I've been alive and I'd already heard nearly every story in the book, but never at this level of detail. Isaacson fits it all together masterfully and tells the whole story, warts and all, giving the reader as much insight into the life and mind of Steve Jobs as one could hope for. Jobs's life was as fascinating as a man's life can be and his story has affected me deeply.
One note on the performance: The reader is just okay and the quality is inconsistent at times (I don't think Jobs would have approved). It's easy to get past though.
I have listened for three hours and find the narrator disturbing. He might be appropriate for a children's book for impressionable young boys, but not this sophisticated tale.
The narrator's voice got on my nerves
His inflections didn't work. His voice is just hard to listen to for a long time
Go back to my mysteries. This book was WAY too long.
Steve Jobs is a jerk. I know lots of geniuses are but...ugh. I'm really not an Apple fanatic. My sister works there and bullies me into buying apple products. I like my Ipad for travel but all in all I think Apple products are overpriced and overhyped. All this book did was solidify that opinion. I'm 2/3 through the book and I keep waiting for ANYTHING to like about this man.
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