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 liked that the story shed true light on Steve Jobs and his genius. He was not always a nice person and definitely wasn't perfect. He was human, an intelligent and interesting human but not a saint.
I learned so much about Apple and the entire history of the Silicon Valley Tech world
I loved the conversation that Steve had with Larry Ellison about being in business for passion and purpose as opposed to just money.
Awesome Listen !
Brilliant, concise, and balanced
Having read the Woz bio and now the Jobs bio I can see the two different sides of the coin, and how the dark days of Apple came about, a long with the revival. The best part of the book is that the author neither focused on the negative or the positive, delivered a balanced portrayal of Steve Jobs, on Steve's scale, this book would rate brilliant.
Growing up in the Bay Area, and following the Apple story over the years, it was great to learn more about who Steve Jobs was and how he influenced Apple. Of course I am writing my review on a MacBook Pro and proud of it.
The story came to life with the performance by Dylan Baker. In the story, as Steve Jobs speaks, you can imagine him saying those exact words as they were written.
I already have, kind of: A friend insisted I read this. Even though I'd read "iCon" several years ago, I liked this even more.
It seemed fair and balanced--which Steve Jobs was not! ;-)
I did notice that the narrator's choice in emphasis often differed from the emphasis I would have put on the words in the text. I've only noticed that once before (with narrator Elliott Gould) but here it was just a minor distraction at times.
Not that I noticed.
I theroughly Enjoyed this book. It was insightfull and well read, although I felt that Mr Barker read slow. Still much better than I could have done on my own.
I'm a retired secondary social studies teacher and educational administrator living in Buffalo, NY. I love to read through audiobooks.
This biography is outstanding in its recollected conversations; personality of Steve Jobs; his fierce and singular world view; his legacy at Pixar and Appple. Isaacson is a superb biographer in my estimation for he knows how to spin an interesting story that brings Jobs to life. I am so much better informed about Apple vs Microsoft, about the difference in computer platforms, about the thinking that informs these technologies. As a result, I can appreciate Apple's beautifully designed user experience but at the same time rebel at the lack of choices and costs associated with it. But no one can doubt that the force of Steve Job's vision propelled Apple ipod, ipad, and imac to dominance in the consumer market.
The biography of Louis Zamperini as told by Laura Hillenbrand in UNBROKEN is so well written and memorable that it is unforgettable. The difference between the two biographies is that Zamperini is much more likeable than Steve Jobs, suffered and redeemed himself. Two vastly different types of men who both made an impact on the world, each is their own way based upon their choices and circumstances they lived with.
The scene where Steve Jobs betrays Steve Wozniak when he "forgets' to tell him about the bonus payment. You see that lack of character and narcissism that characterizes Jobs. It isn't a happy experience but it tells a great deal about Jobs.
Steve Jobs' neglect of his daughter Erin.
As a human being, I found myself liking the man less despite my respect for his achievements in the marketplace. His general lack of philanthropy. His focus on the company leaves the product in a better place, but does not contribute to humanity like many of his peers do for the betterment of folks with lesser means. Too bad. You wonder why Steve Jobs had to be such a tyrant...could he not have achieved what he did by being a reasonable, stable, good man??? You have to wonder.
Classic music lover at Seattle
Yes. I listened to it mainly in the bus while commuting to work. Lots of times, I missed part of story by the noise of bus but really enjoyed the moment of getting behind stories of Silicon Valley during 80's & 90's. It especially impressed me since I was also computer kids during 80's. He was only ten years older than me but arrived at the great achievements mostly in his twenties which makes me really embarrassed. On the other hand, it's amazing to know how all those fascinating little machines were created. This is the most interesting story among all I"ve ever read.
I was fascinated but kept wanting to fast foward. It is just too long. No one - even Steve Jobs is worth this much of my car time.
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