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
Maybe. Overall the book is very interesting and provides a deep look into one of the most iconic corporate personalities. However the references to Steve Jobs personality traits becomes very repetative and distracting. Also the book jumps around through the years and it can difficult to follow what happened in which order.
No. Wanted more of a timeline flow to the book and found it very repetative. However the author did do his homework and was very through.
A right leaning, open-minded, history science and international intrigue buff.
If you like biographies of interesting people this fits perfectly. I wanted to listen every chance I had. Well written, and I really enjoyed the narrator's delivery.
There's much to learn from the life of Steve Jobs, whether you loved or hated him.
70 year old grandmother of 2 teenagers. Still working in real estate appraisal field, live in OH and SC - spend time listening & traveling.
It was a great biography in that Jobs had input into the book but didn't censor it or dictate what could or could not be in the book. Lots more negative than I would have imagined. He was not a person I could have been friends with or worked for. Disloyal, verbally abusive, vain, hypocritical....but wait, I'll spoil it for the next listener!
Can't think of any
Yes, he was very good.
If you thought Steve Jobs was a good guy - think again! His name should have been I-Steve because he only thought of himself (I-I-I-I) all of the time.
I'm not sure it was worth over 25 hours of listening!!
Great writing !
Interesting story !
You just can turn it off ! ! ! :-)
Most read now !
Beyond learning about this incredible force in today's world, you also can learn a lot about how to manage life and people.
The period when he was iCEO and replaced the Board.
It felt as though it was the author sitting down and telling you the story, instead of someone reading another person's work.
Of Gods and Sh-theads
There are moments in the books where I wished I could have worked with/for Jobs. There were moments in the book where I thought "What a total ___hole this guy was.". Oddly enough there were some moments with both thoughts together.
Yes, there was so much that this man did in his life, yet at times I wondered wtf, what an a$$. It was such a twist to the vision I originally had of Jobs.
I learned where all my love for Apple came from.
A must read for Apple lovers & non-Apple lovers alike.
If you thought Steve Jobs was this really cool guy and a great leader/motivator, you might be surprised, (like I was). If you thought he was a cold-hearted jerk who always had to have his way, you might not be as surprised.
Walter Isaacson does a surprisingly great job writing this book, and presenting a total picture of who Steve Jobs really was. When, at the very beginning of the book, he says Jobs asked him to write this biography, red flags went up for me as I then expected it to be some white-washed, sanitized version that Jobs would approve before allowing it to be published. Not so. I was impressed with Jobs, that he didn't put any restrictions on the author as he gave him pretty much full access.
Also, as a "raised on Windows" computer guy who has to work on Macs at my job every day, I finally get it. I now understand my love/hate relationship with Apple, Macs, my iPhone, and iTunes now that I sort of understand Jobs. It doesn't really lower my frustration level but at least I know why all things Apple have a tendency to both excite and frustrate me, and I now know who's responsible.
I also now have a better understanding of the Apple disciples and why they don't mind drinking the Apple Kool-Aid all the time. I'm in no danger of ever becoming one though.
Re-living that period of history (I'm 5 years older than Jobs, and the same age as Woz), as the author walked us through his life was great fun. The book overall is a great read, and it doesn't matter if you loved Jobs, or hated him, or had no opinion, I guarantee you will find support for that opinion and maybe even change your opinion somewhat after reading this book. Love him, or hate him, he did change the world, and it will do you good to find out how he did it.
An aging techno-geek trying to make sense of the social media world. A lover of Spy and Hard Sci-fi. LeCarre and Niven are my favorites.
Yes... Not only did Isaacson show his talent as a biographer, but Baker's superb performance made it a joy to listen to.
Isaacson was obviously granted incredible access to Jobs and those around him. While he shows a genuine affection for the man, he manages to keep enough distance to unblinkingly reveal all sides on this complex man. So many of the apocryphal stories around Jobs are either revealed in their true light or proven to be just legend.
Baker's reading was a true performance. When required, he brought life to many of the quotes and stories.
Quite honestly, no. A ponderous biography is not the type of listen that draws you in lkike fiction. Instead I found myself looking forward to my morning drive to hear more and was vaguely saddened as I came to the end.
The timing of this book was incredible. Right when Jobs was at the front of the news because of his death, this book was available as the definitive biography of JObs.
He's hard core
Steve Jobs going to India to meet his guru. There are a lot of memorable moments and things Steve Jobs does that I didn't know about.
I did not have an extreme reaction, but I was disappointed how (spoiler) the main character was cut down in the prime of his life.
When I read a bio of someone, what I really want to know is whether they the subject is good person or a bad person. Steve Jobs reminded me a lot of Albert Einstein, and he likely modelled himself after Einstein. Like Einstein, Steve Jobs is complicated and the answer isn't black and white.
Einstein was born the year James Clerk Maxwell died.
Steve Jobs was born the year Einstein died.
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