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
Yes, and I have.
This book was everything I wanted it to be. It was good information and it was entertaining. Not too technical. I don't usually get too interested in strict biographies, but this one was well worth it.
Never heard him perform before. He did I really great job. I can't think of any time during his reading that I wished it wasn't him.
I am in love with this biography. It does start a little slow, but then again I was born in the early 80s, and could not relate as much to the beginning. The story of Steve Jobs is an incredible one, and after reading the book, you will either love him or hate him, as well as his products and company. I am a lover of all things Apple, and even more so after reading this book. I was in tears at the end, because, as with almost all biographies, the end means the death of someone remarkable.
Him. His beliefs about what's right. White, clean and perfect. I-pod.
Meetings with others. How he was right most of the time. The meeting about the i-pod and the simple ideas of what was right for sales.
He understood how things worked and what most people liked. Simplicity.
How he didn't understand the seriousness of his own illness, until it was to late.
The Graduation Speeches to the young people.
His interactions and reactions with Gates. KOOL.
Of course I loved it. I hope the next generations come up with some of these kind of MEN,,, AND I'M, SURE THEY WILL, NO MATTER WHAT WE DO TO STOP THEM.
Yes I am planning on listening to this book again so that I can catch some details I missed.
I appreciated getting a sense of the man Steve Jobs with many foibles as well as brilliance.
Steve Jobs was the best character.
Perhaps. It is a biography after all. But, maybe I would catch something I missed
That it was told raw; no sugar coating.
The comeback to Apple
Cry. Definitely got a little choked up during the last few moments of his life.
insight into the building of Apple
near the end when cancer was killing him
just enough emotion to keep interested
excellent listen. recommended
I am an avid "reader"- I prefer to listen to books rather than read them due to the added dimension added by the narrator.
I don't think I could tolerate listening to it again since there was a lot of technical jargon
about computer programs. however, my first read was very enjoyable and informative.
I would have had a lot of difficulty listening to this in one sitting, as there was a lot of technical information imparted. I found Mr. Jobs' abuse of people disturbing and sad, though I was incredibly impressed by his insight and genius as well as his ability to foresee the future of the computer industry and use his talent for developing wonderful products to change the world.
RIP Steve Jobs
Yes, extremely interesting life of an extraordinary individual.
A lot to provide one would be unfair.
Enjoyed the book. It was an honest biography of a brilliant but sometimes flawed man. Refreshing and encouraging.
Choleric, creative genius
First I didn't like his voice and notation but as the story evolved I realized he was the perfect fit for this story.
This was my first bio I read from Walter Isaacson and I really enjoyed it. I like his style of storytelling and I am looking forward getting Einstein’s bio next. As for the book content, I saw the Pirates of Silicon Valley movie so lot of the stuff in the book seemed familiar but I liked hearing the additional details. Somehow the book helped me better understand the complex person Steve was.
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