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
My daughter and best friend loved it but I was not prepared to like it at all. I have never liked bios. They were something I “HAD TO” read in HS and college. They were boring! Not this one!!!!! I hated to put it down it was so interesting.
I now understand his philosophies on electronics, food, body and soul. I don’t agree with any of them but I now understand his thought process. He was a genius, difficult man with VERY strange ideas on food, body and soul.
I heartily recommend this book. It was wonderfully written and read.
The World According to JimG944
4 Stars for the Audible book Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. For this review, I am having trouble rating the quality of the book vs the contents of the book. As a biography, I'd give the book a 5 star; it is really well done. For the contents (i.e. Steve Jobs), I'd give it a 3 rating; I was not a fan of Jobs nor Apple before reading this book and I am still not a fan. For the book, it is clear that Isaacson had in-depth access to Jobs and everyone associated with him thru his career. The book shows that alot of research and data gathering was performed. The book did a great job of following the timeline while providing color and texture to the man. I have been working in the silicon valley since 1980 and this book tied together alot of factoids, news items, rumors and historical tidbits that I had been aware of but not in a larger context. I am mixed in my opinion on recommending this book; so I will withhold giving it a "recommended reading".
Vegetarian who seemed to ignore the rule sometimes and made exceptions for what wasn't meat.
Much better understanding of who Steve Jobs really was.
Great narration and compelling story.
Unagi with his daughter.
Yes I would. There is a lot of unknown stuff that came out in the book.
Great book. I was a little on the fence to listen to it as I have not been an Apple fan. But overall, I would recommend this book.
Believe me, I am NOT and Apple Fanboi, but I really liked this book. As with his biography of Einstein, Isaacson does a good job of mixing his subject's work with his personal life. The narration is very good, though not outstanding.
I am a Clinical Medical Hypnotherapist with specialities in Auto Immune, PTSD, ADHD, Cancer, and Autism. I focus on very difficult cases.
Steve Jobs was a creative, innovative, and complex individual who mastered the art of marketing. Most people who read this last sentence would say of course just look at Apple; however, the great success story was the way Steve Jobs marketed himself. The public persona that we all know, isn't what he was really like. This is the mark of a true master of marketing.
The story starts off with the "Story of Steve Jobs" that we all know, and then the author begins to unwrap him. Like peeling away the layers of an onion, we finally get to the core of who Steve Jobs was, and more importantly why he was the way he was. There is absolutely no doubt that he was a creative genius; however, he was also ruthless, demanding, and many time treated the employees as parts required to get a project completed. His explosive temper, his laser beam focus, and attention to detail all combined to make him the success he was.
The author includes a lot of lessor know facts about Steve Jobs such as how he approached Apples main competitor Microsoft CEO Bill Gates for a loan to keep Apple in business once he returned to Apple after being fired by the board of directors. Why Steve Jobs did not want to pay dividends to the shareholders of Apple corporation opting for increasing the actual value of the company and the companies shares while amassing billions of dollars in cash in the Apple bank accounts so that cutting edge technology could be purchased by Apple.
As I finished listening to this book it dawned on me that the image of Steve Jobs that he so skillfully crafted as a nerdy kid with the ability to envision future technology isn't fact at all. Rather Steve Jobs too technology that other created and combined several difference technologies together to create a totally new product that used the old technology to achieve a totally new experience. As I finished the last moments of the recording, I was reminded of something that my doctorate advisor once said. A genius is a person who looks at the ordinary and sees the extraordinary. That sums up Steve Jobs life.
The experience bought more feeling and depth to Steve Jobs. Not the image of Steve Jobs, but the real human Steve Jobs.
Apple unwrapped, the story of an American Genius
This audiobook removes the excuses that people offer for failure. Failure to live life to the fullest. Potential isn't affected by economic means, the type of family one comes from, the advantages or disadvantages of social class. If it did then Steve Jobs would have been a huge failure. Rather Steve Jobs listened to his heart, and found something he loved to do, and became so good at it that people paid him to do it.
I am the same age as Steve Jobs. Next year I will be older than him, of course... he's timeless now. Nevertheless, I've been on the SJ bandwagon ever since the Lisa, and have owned or purchased (for a newspaper production department) hundreds of Macs now, and still I wax nostalgic over the tough little iici's that dotted the art department for years, and I'm typing this on a 24" Imac. The creator of these amazing machines always seemed a little enigmatic to me, although I did have a big crush on him... especially when he jumped ship to create the NeXt computer, a machine which I still covet to this day. This book held a lot of little surprises about the man and his integrity. I grew to appreciate him more, but also wince at his irascible temperament, especially with his staff. When you work in a Mac environment, you somehow feel you're part of a strange and quirky family, where only the select few "get it" This book supports that view.
This book is worth reading for anyone who, like me, loves their little white/silver, or multicolored (90's) machines and wonders about the creator who's vision inspired them. But it's also for any entrepreneur or business major who likes the idea of thinking outside boxes. It should actually be required reading for business majors, I think.
The narration and writing keep you riveted and engaged.
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