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
Even if you're not a Steve Jobs fan, you will still walk away with a feeling of being enriched by the story.
This is an enjoyable bio of Jobs - but you get more than that. You get the history of Apple, all the major Apple products and background on the other people besides Jobs that had major parts to play. I like history and computer history especially, so I really enjoyed these aspects of the book.
There were a few parts of the book where it was difficult to tell which person was being quoted. This is only a minor complaint. I expect the written book was probably more clear.
Anyone interested in jobs, Apple, Apple products or the history of computing will find something interesting here.
I wish they had used a different reader. I didn't feel like he like Steve Jobs.
I haven't read the print version. If I have time I would probably prefer to read it rather than to listen. But I was enjoying listening to it on my to/from work.
I am glad that although it's Steve Job's biography, the book also talks about many people who met Jobs at different stages of his life.
No favorite scenes - all the parts are quite good.
Great book. It's not just about Steve Jobs but also about the time and place, and people that he grew up and lived with.
This was my first audiobook, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.
Anytime he said "This is sh*t"
How one man's drive changed the world.
Long time married couple who share this subscription and find it enriches our conversations. We listen while commuting, cooking, working out, and often drifting off to sleep!
His ability to see that reality is highly malleable and his belief that he could dent the universe. I deeply appreciated his capacity to see the future and pay attention to detail. A rare creature. And I loved that he successfully pushed people to succeed doing the impossible.
He reminded me of the title "In the Garden of Good and Evil". Steve's personality seemed really I integrated and he was cruel and brilliant. Difficult.
I've never heard Dylan narrate before but he was fantastic. He really captured the spirit of Steve Jobs - his drive and his whine!
This book was highly compelling and very dense. It took me several weeks to finish.
I'm an Apple enthusiast so it was great to get a deep understand of their journey and my appreciation for their products were deepened by reading this book.
I couldn't be more mixed in my opinions. If you are interested in Steve Jobs, by all means, get this book. It's entertaining, and the biographer's personal time with Steve does give us some great new insights. That being said, my critique of this book is that the biographer, having no real understanding of the tech industry or Apple, completely wasted his exclusive time with Steve Jobs to ask the deeper questions that Steve Jobs fans really would have liked. As a standalone book on Steve, it's a good value. It's just a shame that nobody else was around for Steve's last days to write the truly insightful definitive biography I would have really liked to have read.
A very good biography. Covers both the good and bad aspects. In my opinion there are several management lessons and takeaways. One could also infer the type of challenges the company could face after Steve.
There is so much we can learn, good and bad, from Steve Jobs. His story is amazing when you think of his humble beginnings and what he accomplished.
There are so many, but I would have to say the stories of how small silicon valley was and how young Steve could just go down the street and learn from engineers in their driveways.
Mr. Baker did a good job moving the story along and changing his voice to distinguish between characters.
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