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
Creative a-hole genius.
I gave this audio book overall 5 stars because even tho the book is over 25 hours long, I want to listen to it again.
Of course! He is probably one of the craziest people I have ever heard of. He offers inspiration to every person out there in that he started from the bottom and came out on top.
Unlike most nonfiction biographies, his biography was not only interesting but the design of the book was superb just like his products.
Steve Jobs - Duh!
Just little ol' me
Isaacson did a great and very thorough job of investigating the pluses and minuses of Steve Jobs. Jobs is an extremely intriguing person. He has so many negative qualities, but has had such a huge impact on technology and our society in general that I could had to finish the book despite me being absolutely appalled by his horrendous behavior. The book is absolutely needed to understand how the PC market developed and how Microsoft really needed Apple at times and helped Apple when it really needed it despite their heated competition.
The narratortook me out of the story at times in the odd way he pronounced things and the strange way he read quotes and emphasized things. I thought the producer or recording engineer are as much to blame though. They really need to be sat down and given a good talking to.
Yes. Truly a fantastic journey into the person who is Steve Jobs. Everyone should read and learn about the pioneers in our society, and Steve Jobs is one of those people. I wish I had more insight when I was younger, and joined the efforts of someone like Jobs. Few of us set out to be insanely great at something, probably because we can't find the passion that drives the truly great revolutionaries such as Jobs.
I came to this book with such high expectations. Isaacson is out of his depth with his subject matter. I can only recommend it with serious reservations.
I liked best the unintentional glimpses of SJ that leaked through the cracks in Isaacson's narrative plan: glimpses of home life, Job's manic schedule. And regarding Steve Jobs vs Cancer, I predict a Broadway play, probably a comedy, before too long. This particular health crisis was tailor-made for examination before an audience. With laughter, and tears.
Dylan Baker's delivery is not suited to the material. Every time I returned to the book I thought, is he really the ideal narrator for this? Would Apple have approved this choice? His repeated mispronunciation of
Blogger Jon Gruber makes some excellent, detailed critiques of Isaacson's work at the website 'Daring Fireball.' Anyone interested in an alternate analysis of Steve Job's career should go read Gruber on the subject.
Interesting, inspiring, imaginative. all starts with i's
Steve jobs, he's an ass, but his bitchyness gave us the technology we have today. I love his passion for perfection. even to the point where he refused to wear an ugly oxygen mask.
Performance of writer: It was not well revised, i just think it's missing something i can't put a finger on. good story though.
performance of narrator: good at some parts, but dude, get the names right. he pronounced lion os x
The adventure of a crazy man.
I love steve jobs, his story, his ideas. so this is a good book for me.
once is enough
it seams that he is only a salesman the brains was woz
I love a good book
This was an interesting read/listen. I never imagined Jobs was such a jerk. It was however very entertaining and brought back memories of the beginning years of the personal compuater and the rivalries between Apple and Microsoft.
he was alright.
So many different groups of people had similar reactions to Jobs and they either praised him or demonized him.
Steve Jobs was not the most great man to have as a boss, but his inovative ideas have changed the world. He pulled Apple out of the garbage when he lost and then regained control. He stuck to his principles and spin our world around. Emmensly enjoyed listening about his life. His wife and family have so must to be proud of. I hope Apple does not stray to far from his visions again.
There are many books about great peope out there
Makes you so much more apprecaitive of his music
The whole book moved me, from start top finish
I sincerely hope there will be more books to read about modern men, who strive to accomplish their visions. This would also apply to women.
this was so good, I couldn't stop listening to it. My wife literally begged me to stop talking about Steve Jobs all the time. Anyone interested in business, technology, or entrepreneurship should commit to this soon. It's so inspiring a book, even if Jobs isn't your favorite person. Do it!
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