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
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This book was masterful and very well done! A MUST read or listen for any person thinking about a business start-up!
Steve Jobs is the Da Vinci of our generation. He was not perfect but strived for perfection in his products. A must read for all Business Schools.
Maybe, it's a long haul
He loves to walk and integrates it into his daily business practices and tough negotiations
Fun to listen to.
Funny enough, Jobs would hate that fact the his photo is really blurry on the Audible audiobook icon on my iphone. This should be corrected, for Jobs' sake.
Just being able to drive and listen to an interesting story
Jobs himself since I never paid much attention to Apple
This is a very interesting book about a unique man that had a goal to change the world, and he certainly accomplished that. I thought the story of Job's life was entertaining, inspiring and revealed a ton of things about a guy that could change from wildly brilliant to extremely childish, sometimes within a single sentence. He was certainly a man that lived by the "Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish" motto he preached.
Wow, it was really amazing seeing so many similarities between myself and Jobs. I've always been an Apple fan, but now after learning so much about the companies history and it's founders, I feel as if I'm part of an Apple family now.
I haven't listened to any other books yet, but I want to listen to iWoz by Steve Wozniak next.
Dylan was amazing! He is entirely responsible for myself falling in love with audio books. His expressions are genius and strangely enough, the way he reads explicit words is downright perfect and hilarious! You really feel like you're in the board room with Steve Jobs when he's cursing at someone. It's great.
No, I didn't think that would be possible due to it's length. It took me about a week and a half to finish it listening to it during my lawn care job during the working week.
It went too fast!! I wish I was only half way finished. I ate this book up- every second of it. I can't wait to read (listen to) another.
This book is hard to put down, well more accurately pause. Isaacsons writing and intent study of Steve Jobs as well as Dylan Bakers performance really helped bring both the good and bad versions of Steve Jobs to life.
I loved this book. I liked that they gave his history from when he was a boy to the present. I wish I could find more books like this one to listen to. After you listen to this book I recommend that you listen to iWoz. It is about Steve Wozniak who was Steve Jobs friend and built the first apple computer. He is really the brains behind the computers. Steve Jobs was the detail person. Steve had the talent for the sleek designs on the products. He also pushed for them to be implemented even if they were costly. I like a person like that. Consumers want a quality product that stands out above all the rest.
So please go listen to iWoz after this book on Steve Jobs to get the whole picture of these men's lives. It's on audible also.
Perhaps it is a bit of irony that I listen to this through an iPhone. I have never been an Apple fan boy, so this book just didn't have an appeal for me. I "like" an iPhone, but that is about the extent of my Apple exposure. Well, he passed away and made quite a media blitz. I put thoughts of this book in the back of my head. Read a review and thought, I should listen to it, bought it, but didn't. Then, nothing sounded like "my next book"...so I started this one...WOW! I was pulled into the story of Steve Jobs life in the first few minutes!! The man was crass, course, a manipulator, and I probably wouldn't like him, but I sure like his story and I respect him for what he accomplished. Am I reviewing Steve Jobs the person? No, I guess not, but this book has sucked me in and spit me out wanting more...much more! Truly fascinating. This book reveals a true juxtaposition of nature, nurture and perhaps fluke opportunity...he was the perfect person to do what he did at the perfect time in history. The author did a tremendous job of conveying the story and peripheral details. This is truly a must read.
The author had nicely captured character of Jobs in a fascinating way. Each events described in this book is well written.
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