From best-selling author Walter Isaacson comes the landmark biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.
With an introduction read by the author.
©2011 Walter Isaacson (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Inc
One of the best book, make me admire Jobs even more. I am sad that
Walter didnt undestand why Jobs did most of the things, and the reallity distorsion that in the book they talk to much, was the way that Steve has to push and do things. I am a designer, and I know that you can make in one night hours before the due date the best job and with presure.
We will miss you Steve.
The book largely consists of anecdotes about Steve Jobs, and its very much up to the reader to draw conclusions.
The contractions of his character and the phenomenal nature of his achievements, from the original Mac to Pixar to the iPhone, means this approach makes for a great book, particularly if you have an interest in the technology sector.
I've read other semi-biographies of Jobs and, working with a lot of people in the tech industry, I'd heard many of the stories of how much of a bastard he was. However, this biography left me quite bemused and surprised: I never expected Jobs to be such a disgustingly-shameless-sociopath-brat-cry-baby! even to the last minute, with Jobs having to have control over the cover image of the book.
I don't think he would have liked much of what is inside this book; which is what makes it great.
It's amazing that Jobs sought out Isaacson to write this biography. And Isaacson, pre-warning Jobs that he was going to uncover all the dirt, delivers a very inhuman story. In Isaacson other book on Einstein, he also revealed Albert's many flaws and brought Albert down to our level. With this book, he absolutely devastates the image of Jobs as a great business leader and as human being: from his stinky hippy days, to his denial of his daughter Lisa and smear campaign of the mother, to his tyrannical and plainly mean way he constantly ripped-off and mistreated other people.
I guess Job's own reflection of his life must have been also distorted by his "reality distortion field". It's great that this book came out when it did. If anything, it shows that Steve Jobs was not in the same league as other great inventors and geniuses of the past century. Jobs just rode on the great ideas of those around him. If it was him that made those ideas successful is unclear, so Jobs is just shown as part of the greater collective that was, and remains, Apple computers.
I anything, it's good that Isaacson shows why no one should take inspiration from the cold, hard, tyrannical a**hole that was Steve Jobs. A great read! And proof you can't judge a book by its cover.
Great story of an extraordinary man.
Long in length but never boring.
Well written and narrated.
Was a joy to listen to, and set the imagination running wild. Brilliant.
No holds barred, great story about the guy that gave us great tech, who took all the fuss away & simplified our gadgets so we could get on with our lives and make his toys part of those lives we all love to lead and share.
Thank you Steve Jobs, r.i.p.
"Loved it, an inspirational journey"
I rushed to the car each evening to listen, a very interesting journey to follow with highs and lows. Jobs was an interesting and crazy character that you would want to keep onside
"A Good listen especially if your an aging IT geek."
An interesting biography commissioned by the man when he knew his days were numbered and not ammended by him!
I'm not an Apple purchaser but owe 35+ years of my income to what the Apple II taught me about electronics and programming. So personally I found the early part a real trip down memory lane whilst the later chapters were enlightening regarding modern Apple philosophy.
Too long for that and a few subjects were re-iterated, but I found that totally forgivable.
If you have any interest in the Apple story I cannot see why you would not be gripped by this!
"Think you know your idevice ?"
Whilst offering the listener a chronicle of events leading to the Apple that we see today, we are also treated to a deep and candid insight into the character of a man who has literally changed the world in which we live. The personality, the methods, the behaviours and the outcomes are all laid bare in this compelling story of industrial and social leadership. Put simplly - I've owned a few Apple devices over the years - but now, as I look down towards my iPhone, I view it in a completely different way than I did before I purchased this book. Outstanding.
I liked the candid balanced insight into the character and the way it brought to life the dna of those Apple devices that surround us all.
Very clear, emotionally balanced narration delivered at the correct speed and cadence. Excellent.
Yes - but at +25 hours in length, that would be quite a feat.
You don't know your iPhone until you listen to this book.......
"A unique man,"
Absolutely . An interesting biography of a unique person . Not just the amazing success of his ideas but an insight into the unusual lifestyle .
Warts and all really . Steve Jobs could be very unpleasant as well as a kind of genius .
Only this one .
Actually yes , but it was too long .
Perhaps the most interesting non-fiction audio I've listened to recently .
"Best Steve Jobs Book I have Listened Too"
Yes,This book is extremely interesting and informative and a must for any fans of Steve Jobs .
Steve Jobs,The man was immense.
I have not yet had the pleasure
At around 25 hours i wasn't going to listen to this all at once but it went on at every opportunity.
This is my favourite biography i have listened too and i recommend it to all.
"Held my interest for the whole book"
Loved the early days and the later return to Apple, a complex genius. If you're interested in computers and business it for you.
"Fab insight into the life of Steve Jobs"
I love his passion for life and the passion he poured into Apple.
I love the genius of using apologists, musicians ... Rather than just experts in technology.
His passion for a simplistic life & simplistic technology that performs perfectly.
The words of Steve Jobs are full of passion, logic and humour and always convey his wisdom.
Although I am yet to finish the book I have gained a great deal from the words he spoke and the life he lead.
The fact that we saw the entirety of Steve Jobs life which until this point we have been unable to see fully.
At times I felt the person reading this was not using their tone of voice to convey parts of the story.
Although I am yet to finish the book I have not yet found anything to dislike,
*unlike 'stories' that I have listened to I found I needed to create time to listen to this rather than having it on when I'm in bed trying to relax or whilst working. I feel that this is the nature of the book and took this into account before purchasing it,•
I have been moved by the honesty, the unexpected & the business path that Steve Jobs took.
I am yet to finish the book and am quite sure that there will be more moments, decisions & quotes that move me
I feel that this is a well composed book.
Although I have to stop and 'really' listen to this story it is well worth it.
It is probably equally good in the printed edition
All moments. It is a fantastic book
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