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'm both an avid reader and audiobook listener. I use the latter only in my car, unless
there is a section of a book that I simply can't stop hearing until my next car outing.
This book is outstanding at every level. Walter Isaacson is a phenomenal writer, Steve Jobs is probably one of the most fascinating people of my lifetime, and I thoroughly enjoy Dylan Baker's performance. I've spent about a month with this book and shall really miss it when it is finished.
I really wish that someone would make a film out of this book.
Because you heard the good, the bad, and the ugly! We all have strengths & weaknesses, good days, and bad days. This book discussed all of Job's traits! He was truly eccentric.
Steve Jobs, of course! Brilliant man.
Yes, but time did not permit.
Thanks to Steve Jobs for inspiring his Apple team to create such awesome technology and thanks to the Author for representing Jobs so well! Thoroughly enjoyed.
A story of a protectionist that could produce written by a damn good writer!
A "trip" from the 80s!
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.
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