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
Enjoyed Baker's dedication to the "reading" of the book.
There were many.
Fascinating story and life.
What a fascinating book! I chose the unabridged version. It had me hooked and wanting to get back to it as often as I could. Three weeks of feeling immersed in recent american and world history, in the workings of how computers became so prevalent in our lives. Well researched and pieced together. And of course, well performed. Can only highly recommend this work. Good job! (no pun intended)
I lived this story from the sidelines. Actually I was on the Microsoft Windows side(line). What a forthright and fascinating depiction of Jobs, his foibles, his strengths, his weaknesses and accomplishments. I highly recommend the read.
Genius, Visionary and OutrageouslyCreative - three words :)
The outrageous logic behind Steve Jobs was what I enjoyed most. I walked thru my Apple journey... right along with the book. Genuis!
The performance was spot on!
The story moves generally in chronological order, beginning with how Steve was put up for adoption, and then tells the almost unbelievable story of how he started building computers in his parent's garage, and eventually how he orchestrated the phenomenal success of Apple. The author discusses the personal and professional successes and failures of Jobs, and gives the listener an insider's view of this very talented man. It is apparent that Steve Jobs' vision and single-minded focus were the drivers of Apple's rise to become the most valuable company in history. This was fascinating listening from start to finish.
A successful leader who had innovative ideas in the technology world.
Jobs was relentless when it comes to voicing his opinion whether it was positive or negative.
The moment when his biological father told Jobs' sister a story when he used to worked at a restaurant where many big names from Silicone Valley companies would come in, including Steve Jobs.
A great book to read. It gives a better understanding of the man behind the most successful company in the world.
This is an outstanding book. The author and the reader do not only tell the story, but also the personality and emotions of Steve Jobs, the man behind one of the most successful enterprises.
Married, Mother of 3 children, RN, loves the outdoors and music of all kinds. Audio books are my new addiction.
Sadness, that I wasted 6 hours of my life before I finally decided I didn't want to hear anymore.
Love my IPad, IPod, IPhone and most of all my MacAir....hated this book.
This book was an unexpected entertaining experience. I expected to hear about the technical aspects of Steve Jobs' career but, found that I was drawn in to the story of this man's life. I learned about not only the business man but, also the personal life of this great visionary.
From Steve's wrestles childhood to his industry crushing adult years, Steve never stopped causing trouble. I laughed and felt the pains of Steve Jobs' life as I listened to the hi jinx filled moments of his childhood on through his career from Apple Computers, to Next, then Pixar and eventual back to Apple. He never stopped reinventing his role in society and business.
This is a must listen.
The Story changed my view of Jobs, he really was a special person in HIS own way.
His soft side
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