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
A fascinating (read) listen about a man that I'd not known anything about, other than he was born in the same year I was.
Steve Jobs was obviously a brilliant man, yet common as all of us in many, many ways.
I can't help but wonder, if the mapping problems the iPhone 5 has at its recent release would it have been released with Jobs present? Things that make you go hmmm. Because of that mapping release, I can't help but wonder will Apple be able to maintain its perfectionism?
I listened to this audio book while commuting over the last few weeks. There where times when i did not want to get out of the car and could have listened all day. Such a great way to fill mindless time instead of listening to the junk on the radio.
Nurse. Foodie. Spiritually Motivated.
Wonderfully insightful read. A rare glimpse into the life of a very interesting person.
If I could sit in one spot for 25 hours, most definitely.
story is very believable and provides a wonderful insight into a an incredibly creative person who could not even take good care of himself causing his own death at a very young age
I learned that even with severe personality quirks Jobs had, he was brilliant at making Apple successful.
The conversation with Bill Gates just prior to his death.
I'm not sure
It was an incredible experience.
A must read.
Yes, the dialogue between characters in essential points of history were real events in audible!
First conflict between Jobs and Gates
There were too many for me to choose.
His relationship with his oldest daughter. I was angry, but it was part of the openess given to the author.
Will be sharing it with my son who has an internet firm. We have had Apple computers since the first one!
As a long time mac enthusiast this book was enlightening and really gave some insight into Steve Jobs and the decisions made throughout the years. I had several..."oh, that's why they did that" moments. I like how the author covered certain topics as a whole rather than just a chronological biography. Great book.
A top notch audiobook for sure. Surprisingly an intimate look into his life through a timeline of products.
Of course Steve Jobs!
Steve Jobs return to Apple!
No, the audiobook it is too long but I did listen for long periods of time.
What an icon Steve Jobs is even today. I think he is an interesting study of creativity and innovation. His design instincts and passion for innovation will long be missed.
Ok book about an amazing talent and icon...narrator was as bad as I could have imagined, I would not listen to a best seller narrated by this guy again if it were free!
Insight into how the product ideas came about
His struggle to continue to be a part of something he helped to create
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