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
Very interesting in general.
Very poorly compared with Einstein.
I would have to have a very good preview.
Unfortunately, Baker makes some of the most brilliant and successful men in contemporary American business sound like sophomoric dolts. While I am pleased to have had the convenience of listening to the book when I might otherwise not have been able to, I cannot recommend this particular performance.
Some people are driven . This is a great window into a driven persons world .
enjoyable biography .
Makes me wonder what he could have achieved . even with more acid
If you are interested in the private Jobs, you will find plenty of information here and get insights into his personality and how that affected Apple philosophy and products but really, the majority of the book is about the development of the company over the years. It can get pretty tedious.
Isaacson did a good job with compiling all the material he must have gathered and the reader really did bring it all to life. I doubt I could have slogged through the whole thing without his skills.
My reading interests include business and organizational psychology books. In addition, I like mystery.
Innovative, Genius, Bastard
Steve was my favorite because you never knew when he would act out, create a scene or cry because he did not get his way.
The book is very good but long.
It is an interesting read because the author did a nice job of being fair and objective about Jobs; The author did not pull any punches about Job's antics. It is also a great testimonial that you can be an innovative genius and possess no emotional intelligence (to the extent that Jobs was kicked out of the company that he and Wozniak founded). The emotional highs and lows are described to the extent that you really feel like you are in the book. There are a lot of gems in the book as it relates to: emotional intelligence, innovation, family, wealth and most of all-loss. In short, I highly recommend this book!!!
Yes! This was the best book I have listen to on audible so far!
Everything I enjoyed, but the most memorable was the early years. How apple was started .
I felt he was very smooth and direct. Very good narrator!
Jobs- How the master works!
GREAT BOOK AND A MUST READ FOR ANY BUSINESS OWNER!!!
Steve Jobs said his getting fired from Apple and leaving college and getting cancer.
I think another one was his hooking up with Steve Waz(spelling).
Steve Waz (spelling)- great counterpoint to Steve Jobs - I admired his intelligence, creativity, ethical persona, unassuming ways and gentleness.
The last meeting that Steve had with the Apple board when he handed in his resignation and offer to be the chairman.
I am a dunce when it comes to the electronic ways we communicate now- so this book was an enlightening venture for me - I loved it - it seemed like a fair balanced biography and it made me appreciate how much computers, internet, iphone,ipads etc have changed our world - I found it fascinating throughout the whole book - I am a walker and a reader so it was a complete joy to be able to listen to this book as I walked and it was especially wonderful to learn how much Steve Jobs liked to walk. I think his genius was based on his love of integrating liberal arts and technology, his abilities to see and create the overall vision as well as his ability,interest in the details of any project he took on. I now know why the Apple products are so beatutiful and well made. Great book.
The person who narrated the book was wonderful as well, great voice,
It's a biography
The reader comes off like he is reading to third graders, slow and deliberate with a bit of condescension in his inflection that will slowly drive you nuts.
The question is not applicable. The book is for everyone. It offers information. It is the information in the book that determines whether or not you enjoy being informed.
No, what is in one book does not follow to another.
I don't know if it was the narrator or the author, but the tone of the book was definitly demeaning. It portrayed Jobs as an uneducated, smelly, drug using, controlling little child. Not a genius.
Yes, I now understand the logic behind the Apple computers design and appearance.
This book may have portrayed Steve Jobs correctly, but if he was such a genius this book did not portray him as such. He comes across as a stoned individual that used other people at all cost to attain success.
I understand that if you maintain control of any computer environment that it can seem flawless or at least more easily correctable. As a software engineer, I know that master control of software and hardware make them easier to fix and personally would have preferred to worked in such an environment. In Steve Jobs case, it assured him that no other ideas interfered with his idea.
I keep rewriting this critique because I tend to allow my emotions for Steve Jobs to override the content of the book. However, as a result of the book, I have a much lower opinion of Steve Jobs. He was 'ME' oriented to an extreme, not considering other people or their opinions at all.
Did I enjoy the book? Not really. I was looking or information that would give me a more uplifting opinion of Steve Jobs. One positive thing that the book did accomplish was to give me a respect for the product that Steve Jobs produced. He had a vision and he stuck to it come hell or high water.
More interesting on a current level. I live in the community and was directly affected by his existence.
Getting a glimpse of his vulnerabilities.
It was ok.
No. In bits was good enough as it was quite long but you don't forget where you left off.
I so appreciate his life and I'm so glad I'm not a person like him.
In the top 3
The story of how he met his biological father.
He is the best!! He was the best part of the book. I will search him out for more books.
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