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
I was a professional Mac software developer from 1995 through 2001. (I have done PC development since 2001). I have all Macs at home, and have often marveled at the genius of The Steve.
I listened to this book, hoping to gain some insights into his genius. What I heard is that Steve was an obnoxious, spoiled, delusional, megalomaniac that should have never come close to succeeding.
Maybe there are lessons here, but my only lesson was that Steve Should Not Have Happened. Nothing going on here. Move along...
I can't believe I left this book for so long. Being born in 1962 and being a PC hobbyist from my early years, so much of what Steve J and Steve W where influenced by and created was also a huge influence on my life. I remember following the evolution of the Altair, Tandy's TRS 80, the Commodore computers and then the first Apple's which where amazing and had me enthralled even though I couldn't afford one.
Steve's Jobs biography not only tells the story of a man with a very focused mission and the highest standards. It also tells the story of the evolution of the personal computer from an apple perspective.
The narrator was fantastic. It felt like he was part of the central core of people around Jobs and relayed the passion and frustration so well.
I am going to get this book in print so I can read it again and see the photos. Which are the things I miss with the audio book.
Highly recommend it.
Avid book listener. I love anything James Lee Burke,John Sandford and Nelson Demille. Stephen King has entertained me recently.
I am glad to have the products but I would never have worked for Steve Jobs.I wouldn't want for people to remember me for being such an ass!!
Couldn't stop reading. The author laid it out as is, the good, the bad and the ugly. There is a clear admiration for the subject, but without trying to cover up for his numerous character flaws. You follow the birth, the growth and the ending of the genius. It has a lot of educational and encouraging messages for all.
The narrator is great. The only thing I wished for is to have photos that are part of the printed edition to be somehow digitized and downloaded with the audiobook.
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WOW, How did this happen? My very thought after finishing what I dare to say will become the book of the decade. I was at work one day, at the small business I own, when an associate of mine came up to me and announced that he was reading a book, a very good book and the he thought maybe I could get something out of it that would help me manage my own place. Curious I asked him the name of the book to which he said The new book Steve Jobs. A silence hung in the air for a moment. Steve Jobs, I thought, why would I possibly read a book about a arrogant, abusive, selfish, a-hole. But that very afternoon with I-phone in hand I purchased and down loaded the book.
First to Mr. Baker who read this audio book there could have not been a better person to choose. His deep and commanding voice combined with a calmness made for a perfect dynamic reading of this book.
Second to Mr. Isaacson. The task that you took on would have scared even the bravest and most talented writers away. My hat is off to you.
And now for Steve Jobs, After reading this book I really can’t say that it changed my opinion about him but it most certainly changed my perspective. I couldn’t tell you everything I have learned and I am not sure I could have even put it into words. The one thing I can tell you is Steve Jobs was an enigma, a counter diction in terms. I never thought much about him and the things I did think of him I still do. But he was a walking counter diction genius. Read the book, read it with a predefined opinion of him. See if you don’t find yourself as blind sided as I did. I am sorry he won’t be here to see us through the next 20 years. I almost want to say I’ll miss you Steve. But that would be silly, Its only a book about someone I never met. Thank you Steve Jobs, the world will be a duller place in every way without you. And thank you Mr. Isaacson and Mr. Baker. Both of you did a job of a life time.
I have been an Apple user since the // series, but never a fanatic. I am not devoted to Jobs but admire some of his results.
This helped fill in a few remaining gaps in the Jobs story in my mind. I've been in to tech since the early 80s and studied the history of the "personal computer" as far back as the concept reaches.
I follow modern technology stories on a daily basis and it's fascinating to see the fingerprints of the revolutionaries that pushed the edge of possibility and brought about the revolution which is now a way of life. This book brings in to focus the role that Jobs and his cohort have played in this new world order.
Great interview approach, unapologetic and brilliant. Heartfelt narration keep you interested and engaged with this fascinating character.
The author seems to pierce the veil of Jobs as myth and reveal Jobs as a very real, very irritating, but very talented human being.
Jobs is at his best when he is taking risks to make "one more thing". His savant talent is his ability to pre visualize, demand the best people have to offer, then strip their best until only the best of the best is left for the final product. One example is the way he drove the original Macintosh team.
Dylan Baker has some strange pronunciations that bothered me after awhile, such as the way he says the possessive form of Jobs... Jobs'es.
Being the same age as Jobs and a computer scientist who was on the consumer side of Apple, it was fascinating to see what he was really like. But it also was fascinating to see how the technology developed and how Apple came back from the dead- it was living history. The biography is fearless and while Jobs was not someone I'd care to have over for dinner, warts and all, he lived a remarkable life on his terms.
The book fully explains his reasoning behind how he designed electronics, how he knew everything that consumers wanted and fought tooth and nail to get everything perfect.
When he was CEO of both Pixar and Apple juggling the two jobs was huge, he had a long days work.
When he fought for Pixar and kept them a float until Disney approached to make a film. Pixar makes the best animated films of all time. Nothing compares to the amazing films that Pixar releases.
This book is long, but very interesting and really a story that will make you think differently about Apple products and where Apple came from.
Life's too short to read bad books.
After listening to this, I certainly wouldn't want to work for him. How he could have been so charismatic and such an icon is beyond me. I love Apple for its products, style, and reliability - no longer for its head honcho.
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