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
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Very well read and written. Compelling story. Especially considering it is all true.
The inner workings of Apple, Steve's mind and how events propelled him to create innovation beyond anyone's expectation. The sadness at the end of a life cut short.
His tonality, his embodiment of Steve Jobs character and personality.
Not really. But I would listen to it again, it was that good.
Jobs wasn't the nicest human being, nor the most compassionate. But his strong will and driving intention changed the computer industry, the animation industry and the music industry.
Author's first hand access to Steve Jobs and Apple Corp. provides an accurate portrayal of events with insights others would not have.
I personally enjoy audio better
The whole story line
I really did not care for his voice too much
Toward the end when Stever Jobs is going thru his play list. It made him more human
No thanks you
The layout of the book.
The narrator made it extra special.
When he returned to Apple.
Everyone had something special.
It made me think, and reevaluate my career.
I highly recommend it.
I'm a book lover who enjoys reading about history, as well as biographies, and research on NDEs. Just not novels.
This conscience-free sociopath was such a complete a**hole that I just can't put this knowledge aside and credit him for what he actually DID do. And even then, who knows how many ideas he just outright stole and took credit for -- this book details several. Jobs' lack of any sense of right and wrong is jaw dropping. On top of all that, people love to give him a pass on all of his antisocial behavior because he created such great products. Really?
His mantra is that he never compromised in creating the best product. But the list of unaddressed issues with Apple products that are maddening to consumers is as long as my arm. "Better than the rest" doesn't equal "the best products ever devised," as Jobs brags at every product intro.
It's tough to give a pass for product shortcomings to a guy who is so unbelievably arrogant about how he beats the self esteem out of his employees, vendors, parents, significant others, reporters, and everyone else whom he can't simply manipulate to do his bidding.
Congrats to Walter Isaacson for not pulling any punches in what could easily been a puff piece. The world deserves to see behind the curtain of a man who has staked history's view of him on micromanaging his own image. So it looks like one of his final stunts designed to cement the world's admiration for him may have backfired. Thankfully.
I grew up with an Apple IIe computer at home and computer labs with Apple and Macintosh systems at my elementary and junior high schools. When PC-compatible computers became more popular, I made the switch to PC's that I could build on my own and tinker with. Since then, I've always looked back on my experiences with Apple fondly, but continued to be a die-hard WinTel fan. When I began working, I found myself battling with various friends and co-workers on the OS wars. Apple users were fanatical.
I was given an iPod shuffle a few years ago, and thought it was pretty clever and useful, which got me to start using iTunes. Then in 2011, I made my first-ever purchase of an Apple product...an iPhone. I have to say, I love my iPhone :-).
So, what made this listening experience most enjoyable was knowing my perspective on the products that Steve Jobs was working as I was growing up, and the things that I was experiencing in my life during that time. It was a fond journey, and I found the alternative view most entralling.
The fact that the
I do not believe so. The performance was well read and was pleasant to listen to.
I think part of it was already made...Pirates of Silicon Valley.
I think I would have struggled through reading the physical book; consuming this book via audible was a great experience.
I learned a lot about Jobs and how he evolved as a person through out his life. I'm sorry to say, I don't agree with many of his life decisions and he didn't have interpersonal skills, but despite that he was an amazingly talented visionary. The history of Apple and Pixar was excellent and it shows how his vision for the consumer's experience drove his business decisions. If more companies would do this we would all benefit from better products and services. I will take that away and try to apply it to my life. The rest of his story is tragic and he hurt so many people along the way. That's unacceptable no matter how successful you are. The narration was very good and it made it easy to listen to. The time went by fast and I wish the quality of other audio books could rise to this level.
His persistence and belief in what many would consider impossible.
I hav not read many biographies and none comparible to his.
Words written can be powerful. Words read well as a story are priceless and left me with an indellible impression.
No. This covered a man's life and needed to be digested bit by bit. No way could one read this in one sitting unless you were doing a all nighter.
Glad I got an iPhone not only for the read yet now I know what went into it.
The first half of the book feels uncomfortable as you realize how difficult Steve Jobs could be to those around him. He was hard on people and selfish. But there is a moment in the second half when you realize how brilliant he truly was. It took a driven and complicated person to change computer devices and how we interact with them. He was being creatively selfish to the huge benefit to all of us.
I knew I would like this book but it took me awhile to get beyond the friction. Jobs is not exactly warm and fuzzy. Certainly the overall story of Apple, Jobs and Products is a tale that will be told for the next century. How one individual could so profoundly impact as many categories as he did is truly awe inspiring. But for every up tick of success there must be an opposing down tick and that lies in the area of human compassion, humility and warmth...not his style. But to the victor go the spoils and Jobs deserves our deference as we are the mere humans who have benefited from his brilliant, calculated obsessions. His most brilliant moves were to surround himself with the brilliance and wit of talented others...that he could drive...that tolerated him...that grounded him...as much as that was possible.
This book is a must read or listen...an inspiring tale...a great marketing tool...I loved it...love Apple products, I adore Pixar movies...and I recognize the global shift because of this man's keen marketing mind. I suspect a lot of people did not like him and I am not sure I do either...Hey, don't touch my iPad dude...its mine.
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