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
The writer's ability to take multiple complex elements and weave them into a cohesive and accessible whole.
I can't recall reading another book like this, but I can certainly think of individuals in history who had a similar mix of genius, the demonic, profound insight and a touch of mental disorder.
I have not listened to other performances by Dylan Baker.
The three faces of Steve :-)
For all my ambivalence about Steve Jobs and Apple (becoming even more ambivalent after reading the book) I stand in awe of this man, his genius and his vision. This book was accessible, as balanced as it could be (aware of its own flaws) and fascinating. I couldn't stop listening.
The true and raw story...loved it!
Steve jobs the truth, the sad the reality!
This is a must read, listen buy...etc!
Yes I would listen to it again, in fact I aready started.
How Jobs persevered when all about him doubted his abilities
His tone, inflection; a sense that he was a part of the interview with the author.
When Jobs reached out to his out of wedlock daughter.
Good book, no great book!
This is one of the best books that I've ever read or listened to. The author did an amazing job of letting us know a genius. It's fascinating. CF
It's worth every penny.
This is more than a book about Steve Jobs. It is an insight into our digital world and its denizens. Do yourself a favor. Read it next.
Long time artist now working exclusively in Digital art. I also write. It's very nice to be here.
Yes, I would listen once more. I was very curious about the man who's genius created so many
I believe I enjoyed reading about his younger years and watching that spark take many turns before it flared into brightness.
I believe he did a fair job. It could have been better by fleshing out the characters a bit more, but he did an admirable job.
I followed Steve Jobs' career from when he first started Apple with Woz, so I knew quite a bit about him. However, this biography fills many gaps and introduces new insights by providing intimate details not always available elsewhere. By the same token, some dimensions of Jobs' life are given short shrift or omitted altogether. Of course, what to include is always a dilemma when writing a biography, and Isaacson's goal appears to have been to present a balanced a view of Jobs' life -- with both good and bad thrown into the mix -- but in the end it should be no surprise that Jobs comes across as something of a business super-hero, which he may very well may have been.
Overall, Dylan Baker does a fine job as narrator and Isaacson an admirable job as author. The book is a must for anyone wanting to know about Jobs, but just as important it presents a certain perspective on the history of personal computers from the 1970's to the present. Despite its length, the book leaves you wanting more when you complete it.
The revelation of how difficult it is to keep focus without frustration. He could do what he did though health and happiness was honestly not some thing he could manufacture in himself.
It did'nt attempt to draw a conclusion, though it invited the reader to have the information to make up his or her own mind.
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