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 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.
His creativity and his passion for perfection. While Jobs might have been, in my view, irrational in some ways, he was great in business and electronics. As he said, he married technology with the arts.
Yes. I felt that sometimes when the reader should have read objectively, he instead read with disdain for Steve Jobs. Not good at all.
Alex & Marni Chediak
Didn't pronounce place names like
Reading it was like watching Forrest Gump, but for my generation. I felt like I was reliving so much of my growing up hearing his story. Steve Jobs was a great and fascinating person. We all owe him, but greatness comes at a price. The type of personality that produces such greatness also has a shadow side, as seen in his relationships and management style and failure to get the help he needed with his cancer.
One of the best, this is really how Steve Jobs was, nothing was left aside, despite the success, you can see where his flaws were, which only makes it human and you can learn what made him different!
The real person he was, simple, what I learned the best:
Not the best reading, but, it was good, keeps you engaged.
I'm an Android user, don't own any apple product at the time being, probably in the future, I really enjoyed this biography, and got to know more about Steve Jobs philosophy, very interesting concepts, ideas, and thinking, I recommend this to EVERYONE, not just for apple fans ;)
Objective writing and better reading.
Not necessarily, but I won't get this writer or reader again.
Being George Guidall, who can read the phone book and make it interesting.
I don't know what I was execting, but probably something well written, well read, and interesting. NOT. From the beginning, I found myself thinking this must have been commissioned by Steve Jobs, and wondering how much the author got paid to paint Jobs as being just too bright for his fellow humans, from his parents and teachers as a child, to his employees and
Michael Ruhlman, writer, cook
absolutely fascinating, start to finish. riveting. had no idea. a must for all entrepreneurs, designers, social media peeps. hats off to isaacson for a phenomenal job.
Leadership Development, Executive Coach
Very well read and written. Compelling story. Especially considering it is all true.
The inner workings of Apple, Steve's mind and how events propelled him to create innovation beyond anyone's expectation. The sadness at the end of a life cut short.
His tonality, his embodiment of Steve Jobs character and personality.
Not really. But I would listen to it again, it was that good.
Jobs wasn't the nicest human being, nor the most compassionate. But his strong will and driving intention changed the computer industry, the animation industry and the music industry.
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