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
reader's voice quality and inflection. Story itself is interesting -very human
choices and decision times along the way
I loved hearing about the private life of Steve Jobs, but the technical details included in this book were way beyond my technical knowledge!!!
It seemed to be an even handed honest look at Jobs' life. What made him tick, why he acted the way he did. It was an exciting inside look at the mind and life of a brilliant (and crazy) man.
I loved and enjoyed every bit of this audiobook.. excellent and well researched writing by Walter Isaacson and superb narration by Dylan Baker... highly recommended for every one... And one last thing...Steve, you were a genius and human race will miss you!!!
This is an excellent book. It is well written and tells the whole story, not just the good or bad. You don't have to be an Apple fan to enjoy the story of someone that starts a company in his garage and turns it into the most valuable company in the world. I would recommend this book to everyone.
This is such an important person in today's technological history. This book doesn't hold and punches and it opened my eyes to a lot of things I didn't know about Steve.
VERY cool way to glimpse into the life of someone who changes the world. I enjoyed every minute
I was on the fence if I wanted to take in a 25 hour audiobook, but it was well worth it. As a casual Apple fan, there was tons of stuff I did not know about the life of Steve Jobs. This book is not just an Apple book, and it isn't just for fanboys. It's a book for anyone who can appreciate a story about one of the greatest creative minds of any time. The material on Steve's ways of thinking (in advertising, design) are great business lessons for creative thinkers. The book drags a little when it gets to the more recent products, but that's my only criticism in an otherwise extremely (extremely!) satisfying listen.
A fascinating (read) listen about a man that I'd not known anything about, other than he was born in the same year I was.
Steve Jobs was obviously a brilliant man, yet common as all of us in many, many ways.
I can't help but wonder, if the mapping problems the iPhone 5 has at its recent release would it have been released with Jobs present? Things that make you go hmmm. Because of that mapping release, I can't help but wonder will Apple be able to maintain its perfectionism?
I listened to this audio book while commuting over the last few weeks. There where times when i did not want to get out of the car and could have listened all day. Such a great way to fill mindless time instead of listening to the junk on the radio.
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