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 fascinated by his story. Honestly, I thought I knew at least the basics about Steve Jobs. Wow, I was wrong and way, way off! His public persona and the way he was in business were totally different. Steve was actually quite a jerk, and that's putting it nicely.
Steve Jobs, the man and the myth!
This book so kept my attention that I would actually go back and re-listen to chapters in order to make sure I heard everything correctly. I was never bored at any point while listening to this book. Good narration.
Yes, it is an excellent book. I love hearing the history of the computer industry and perspective of Steve Jobs and the people around him.
This was a fabulous book. Love or hate Steve Jobs, he was a very interesting individual with vision and was able to make things happen. He didn't believe that things could not be done and I find it inspiring! I absolutely recommend this book. The narrator was excellent. The author was wonderful. He did a great job of interviewing so many people to bring in numerous perspectives. I loved it!
Yes, except that it would be nice to download all the pictures. I bought the iBook version to see the pictures.
The discussion about the importance of design elements in everything. Specifically about the iPhone external design. Mine have always lived in the otterbox defender protective case. After hearing about the design aspects, I took it out of the case and have been enjoying the phone even more. Before I would not have appreciated the design elements.
The interaction of Disney and Pixar and the making of Toy Story.
It made me really reflect on the computer industry. I've been using computers for over 30 years and as a kid growing up got to see many of the innovations come about. Before this I did not have the deep appreciation for the people that made those changes that I know do. I frankly took for granted many of the innovations that now I recognize as groundbreaking. Looking forward to reading about Gates and Woz, next.
Overall the book was an outstanding view into the life of a visionary leader. His single minded pursuit of his ideal and utter lack of interest in how it affected others was a stark contrast to the Level 5 leader strategies from Good to Great. A very different approach, but I can not argue with the results or some of his comments about tolerating B players on the team.
Is a very interesting story about a very influential man. It allows you to form your own opinion about his way of conducting bussiness and life. I think there are interesting lessons about what and how to do things, and about how NOT to do them.
I really enjoyed this program.
This is my favorite audiobook to date. I absolutely love the Steve Jobs bio done by Isaacson and I thought the narrator did a fantastic job bringing the story to life.
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