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 Simon & Schuster (P)2011 Walter Isaacson
I think this may be a good book. I can't tell. I chose the abridged version, and it is so terribly edited as to be awful. That is, it feels like whoever did the abridging went in with an axe and whacked away here and there, leaving all the cut edges exposed and bleeding. The result is a story that jumps from topic to topic, with some whole chapters cut down to a few sentences. If I were Steve Jobs, I'd say "this sucks".
Go for the full version; overall, the writing is good and the reader is good and the story seems interesting. It's just too bad the abridgement was so sloppy.
When I ordered this book, I thought "how many hours of Steve Jobs do I need"?
Turns out, I could have used more. Very enjoyable.
entertaining, historic, well read
Cleared the rumors and misinformation around Steve Jobs life and work.
Very clear and deep telling of the life and work of Jobs. Couldn't stop reading (listening) once I started, even though work got in the way I would find time to keep going. Changed my perception of him and even Apple. The only drawback I could say is at some chapters it felt like going back and forth, but i'm guessing it was to lay all the information for the next ones.
In general really liked the book and the narration.
Likes: Cozy mysteries, esp w/cats, books on workings of the brain/autism, not-too-dark fantasy. Dislikes: Animal cruelty, torture scenes.
This is not a book I would have normally selected. I read it for a book club at my job. I found it pretty tedious at times, and was immensely glad I had the abridged version. It was plenty of Steve Jobs. I know I would not have wanted to work for or even know the man. I think the abridged version very much skimped on his relationships with his wife and kids, and perhaps that would have been interesting. (If that is your area of interest, do not go with the abridged.) Mostly it was about his work and what an intolerable jerk he was there. The book seems to reinforce the belief that you have to be a jerk to be successful, which I find annoying. It had its interesting moments. I felt old when they discussed the infancy of PCs and I realized I was around then.
My favorite part was one meeting he had after a failed product release. He gathers the people on the project around and asked what the product was supposed to do. So they tell him and he shouts, “So why the f*** doesn’t it do that?” I’ve been at sunset reviews at work where it would have been very satisfying to ask that. One of the few times we touch on Jobs' personal life is in the story of his biological father and how Jobs had unknowingly already met the man. I found that very interesting. But let’s be real. Steve Jobs was a jerk and that gets old after a while.
Isaacson does a good job with one of America's iconic builders. He portrays Steve Jobs as an arrogant cross between an arts lover and a techno geek. That's what makes the character so good. It also describes how a leader can see differently into the product than the team working on it: e.g. why don't Apple products have off/on switches? Because Jobs didn't want them. Jobs focus on product was evident as was his knowledge of competitors and how to pursue his strategy. Good book!
Wow! What an amazing book! Steve Jobs is such an inspiration! He makes me want to do the best at everything I do. What a great man!!!!
Reads / hears like a novel! great and definitely recommended
It's a good story that explains the evolution of his creativity and leadership.
His statement that the consumer doesn't know what they want. It's up to Apple to tell them.
His early struggles.
No. I found the book interesting from beginning to end.
The performance was well read. It's well written and worth the time invested to enjoy it.
This honest, tightly written biography is an important look at the creation of one of America's greatest products.
The humble ramblings of high school geeks in their garage, the story of young love, the culture of the 60's and 70's...interesting background to the iconic giant of today.
The varied voices to give life and power to different characters, including Steve Jobs.
When Steve Jobs rejoined apple and brought the company back from the brink. It symbolized what he stood for, what the company stood for and how the power of habit can be a path to success.
A very interesting book, gave me a good overview on Jobs's thoughts and beliefs. As an IT professional, and an apple (recent) user, it was really worthwhile listening to this audiobook.
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