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
Great book. Amazing story about a hugely important figure in our contemporary history whom I knew very little about before listening to this book. Dylan Baker was a great reader - easy to hear and understand, emotive and compelling. (as was the book itself)
book was great but I won't be using Audible anymore because of the monthly fee which I totally don't understand. Why is there this monthly fee? Why can't I just order and pay for the books I want to listen to when I am ready to listen to them? I don't want "rewards," I don't want "points," I don't want "deals." Just tell me the price of the book and I'll pay for it if I want it. Just like any book I would download onto my kindle or buy hard copy.
Thus far, my favorite book on Audible.
I lived through and avidly recall all of Steve Job's major highs and lows, reading about him/Apple/Next rise and fall. Great to understand more of the detail and dirt behind what was going on that the newspapers and mags did not cover. The whole Apple versus IBM versus Microsoft versus itself is very compelling as well as Steve's relationship with Steve Wozniak, his daughter Lisa and others is a study in and of itself in physiology. Crazy, crazy, crazy, but brilliant man.
What I didn't expect is how this book has changed me and others that I have referred. Steve's obsessive and neurotic view for ANY products' fit, form and function had an almost life changing affect on the way I view my company's final product (even though I am in the services business) and the way I shop for products as a consumer.
A must read/listen!!
Yes. This started me in audio books. The book was overwhelming and the audio was pretty easy to follow.
Very interesting for me, being an IT guy.
NO, BECAUSE JOBS IS TOO BLEAK OF A PERSONALITY.
AN IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE EXTRAORDINARY HISTORY OF AMERICAN INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL CREATIVITY.
I'VE NEVER BOUGHT AN APPLE BECAUSE THEY TRY NOT TO OPEN UP TO OPEN SOFTWARE CONTRIBUTIONS. VERY INTERESTING AS TO THE DEMONIC DRIVE THAT COULD BE CALLED CREATIVE GENIUS. OBVIOUSLY JOBS HAS FATHERED AN OUTSTANDINGLY SUCCESSFUL COMPANY BUT AS A PERSON HE'S AS BLEAK AS THE SIBERIAN STEPPES. AFTER READING THE BOOK I HAVE ONE MORE REASON NOT TO BUY APPLE BUT I UNDERSTAND BETTER AS TO WHY SO MANY ARE SO ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THEIR PRODUCTS.
Eccentric, genius, idealistic.
Jobs of course.
"Do you want to sell sugared water for the rest of your life? Or do you want to come with me and change the world?"
I would recommend this audiobook to a friend.
Walter Isaacson does a great job of reviewing both the personality of Steve and the details of his career. He does a fair analysis of Steve, examining not only his strengths and triumphs, but also his faults and failures. I feel like I got to know Steve as a person, the details of his career, and why his life turned out the way it did.
I thought the narrator did a good job. He was clear, not distracting, and added a small yet appropriate amount of inflection when quoting characters.
Great to hear about the bizarre life of Steve Jobs...even better that Dylan Baker was the reader. I've never been disappointed with hearing anything from him.
The background of the company directly related to the personality of Jobs.
Avid reader of classics and fiction, history and well-written genre novels. Music lover and huge audiobook fan.
Steve Jobs was a genius but he was not a man of enormous personal interest - in fact he was very like a spoiled child - but like many geniuses he had a positive impact on the world through the beauty and utility of much of what he created and produced. I didn't find this biography as satisfying in the beginning parts of the book as I did in the second half. He just wasn't that interesting of a person, nor was his life that interesting, until his return to Apple and his creation of the iPod. From that point the book takes off like a shot, but it never becomes as interesting as the best biographies like those written by Robert Caro about Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson. The story of Disney/Pixar is fascinating, as is the development of the iPod. But Steve Jobs' genius, though undeniable just doesn't make his quirks of diet or temperament more fascinating. Also, I found the narration of Jobs' own voice a bit annoying...maybe that's how he actually spoke...I can't say, I just found it grating. All in all I still recommend the book which on the whole is narrated well, but as a lover of biography I find historical biographies, particularly those written by Robert Caro, more satisfying.
Issacson did an incredible task to give us an unbiased chronicle of a 21th century man that accomplished a lot in a short period of time. The building of a great empire like Apple took not only hardwork and intellect but it took a great team lead by Steve Jobs who had the passion, creativity, and intuition to make it all happen.
Intimate look inside the mind of an incredible man.
Through Issacson's humanization of Steve, I feel like I personally knew Steve Jobs. The lessons learned in this book can be applied to everyone's life & career; attention to detail, being motivated by products - not profits. A truly well written book about an inspiring man.
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