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
Extremely interesting to see into the mind of someone who lived as controversial as he was. Including other people's reactions to him made it more interesting. It held my attention because I wanted to see what he concluded in his later days.
Jonathan A Butirro
That it just takes the time away and what Steve and his firends did.
Steve Jobs because he was very funny when he was young.
When he said he was adopted, I never knew that.
Just that Steve Jobs is a very good book to read and listen
I did not love the narrator, but in 2 seconds i was so absorbed into Steve Job's life , i simply could not put it down, being audio it made it easy to do tasks and be absorbed in this book.
It kept me so interested in this amazing life behind these amazing products..! Thanks to this book i now have a new found respect for Apple products which i use.
At the end when Steve Jobs was dying was very touching how hard he fought to keep going.
I am so glad that i know the back story of Apple, just beyond fascinating, i knew it was a loss when he died, but after reading this, i know its more than a loss.
I think autobiographies are usually only a one-time read, but possibly if I end up needing to do some research in the future I might.
The book covers so much of Steve Jobs life that you would never have known, so it's hard to pinpoint one thing. But I suppose his superior work ethic should be recognized.
When he spoke about flying to Kyoto for sushi with his son.
Sure... but that would have been impossible.
Two thumbs up!
Right in the middle.
Yes, I would. I like the author. The story is written in a very clear manner, especially when intricate situations are explained.
He gives the book life with his tone and his cadence. I really enjoyed his voice.
No, nothing moved me in this story.
Now I have a better idea of the personality of Jobes and the way his business story developed.
Interesting, read poorly.
He read every quotation and bit of dialogue with a contemptuous, whiny, or bratty tone. It made it really hard to understand. It sounded like he hadn't read the book before sitting down to read it aloud to us. He has a good voice and reads clearly, but it's clear from his inflections and emphases that he does not comprehend what he is reading. My husband had no problem with his reading, but it really interfered with my understanding of the story. I would think that, given the fact that this book was sure to sell many copies, they would have invested in a better reader.
I read and listen to a lot of business books, and intended for this to be more of a light, entertaining read. Although it was certainly entertaining, it also offers some amazing insights into what it takes to create the most valuable company in the world. I am not a big Steve Jobs or Apple fan, and am no more or less a fan after reading this, but it was a very fascinating, well written, and well read account. I think the author did a great job of capturing who Jobs was, blemishes and all.
I was thoroughly entertained, and highly recommend this audio book.
Top 5, just behind iWoz.
Effort he put into his kids before he died.
It was nice to hear the other sides of the stories that have been out there for years.
I knew a bit about Jobs and Apple from being a fan of the products and all the news around the time of his death. The book is a really great read. Jobs has a really fascinating life story. From adoption to a legacy that will live for decades and beyond. Hats off to Isaacson, I'll be sure to check out more of his books.
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