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
At the end of this book Isaacson gives us some new information, especially relating to Job's family. This was great and makes the book worth the price.
But be clear that stuff up until 1985 is far better covered in the books Isaacson has taken the stories from (sometimes distorting them in the process).
Revolution in the Valley
Return to the Little Kingdom
for the source material of these stories.
Isaacson seems to lack the knowledge of the technical aspects and the curiosity to ask people who do know to tell the wheat from the chaff in these early stories. He will present stuff that doesn't matter and trim away stuff that does. If the only source you have for these stories is Isaacson's book you will have a distorted, and sometimes false, impression of what happened.
Now I suspect Isaacson would say he was interested in the man and the life lived and not so much these technical details. That's, in fact what I expected this book to be about with most of this tech stuff skimmed over. But Isaacson chooses to put in a substantial amount of details where he clearly doesn't know what they mean in themselves and fails to examine usefully what they tell us about the life being examined.
I don't want to give the impression this is a bad book. It is not. It is fine. But it is flawed in several ways because Isaacson seems to be disinterested in the tech and disinterested in examining what the tech means.
This could have been a better book if it was more about the man and floated past some of the tech bits that are inexact retellings of stories that Andy Hertzfeld and others have told better and, in my opinion, used better to paint what the man was like in his 20s.
I think Isaacson did not make the best use if the fact the he was given the power of 'exclusive'. As others have said, just as Steve chose the wrong guy for Apple when he chose Scully he chose the wrong guy for this book when he chose Isaacson. So many other people who had the writing skills aligned with a passionate interest in the subject could have done more with this unique opportunity. Isaacson's approach is solid, professional but pedestrian and uninspired given the amazing power he was given.
Anyway, get the book, it's well done an easily worth the money, However, do be careful about quoting too much of the details to those who are better informed on the subject because the list of corrections of technical fact and/or context you may get will be tedious for all concerned.
Firstly, I don't really understand the complaints about the reader. I thought he was fine.
This is a great book, very timely and obviously one of Steve Jobs last works with him commissioning it so that his story would be told, warts and all. I couldn't put it down.
It so sad to think that we hoped Steve Jobs would show up for the announcement of the iPhone 4S when he was in fact so close to death. The book details the back story behind the releases of the iPhone and iPad and you get the impression that Jobs put all of his strength into them once he knew that his time was limited. The impending tragedy of his early death in some way contributed to some of his greatest achievements.
Only being a recent Mac convert, much of the early history was new to me. I probably disliked Steve Jobs and Bill Gates equally throughout the 90s but my impressions of them changed throughout the book. I really have a much greater respect for Bill Gates as a result of the character that is revealed in the book. I feel I have understood what Steve Jobs was about and what he was trying to achieve. Steve Wozniak comes across as the wonderful Tom Bombadill character that we know and love.
It' s hard to summarize what I feel about Steve Jobs. So much to admire, but such a flawed character. Very thought provoking story.
I found this audio book to be one of the best books i have heard. It was refreshing to actually hear the real stories behind the man. There is no doubt that Walter Isaacson has truly got a very detailed behind the scene account of some of the dealings not only with Jobs, but with Apple, Pixar, Next, Mac plus much more. Fantastic book
When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
Walter Isaacson has written an honest and thought provoking biography of Steve Jobs. He has been able to show how Steve Jobs' personality has evolved, although the trademarks of brat, business man and visionary were always lurking in the background. I think this biography do more than pay homage to Jobs, it also can serve as a history - be it from a specific point of view - of Silicon Valley and more so the Apple company.
Dylan Baker reading didn't impressed me so much. It was fair, yet not as engaging as I would've expect. At times I had to rewind to relisten as I opted out, and it was definitely not because of the content.
However, this biography comes highly recommended as Steve Jobs' story is one that deserves to be listened to.
Walter Isaacson commits the Cardinal literary sin of telling us what Seve Jobs did with his life rather than showing us what he did. Instead of weaving a series of narratives -- rather than relating the stories that made up the life and times of Steve Jobs -- Isaacson throws a lot of quotes at us from Jobs and others. He fills in the spaces between these quotes with a few odd details, very few of which the reader/listener can really latch onto and use to build a moving narrative in the mind's eye.
And that's a shame, considering Isaacson was writing about an evil genius who touched hundreds of millions of people, disrupted numerous industries and left behind a legacy that is already being compared to Leonardo Da Vinci.
Fact is, there is a much, much better biography of Seve Jobs, and it is even available on audible: Alan Deutchman's "The Second Coming of Seve Jobs," published in 2001. Deutchman relates all the same tales, except he actually shows us the life of this man through the power of narrative. And except that Deutchman actually includes details that are rich in evocative power.
Do yourself a favor: Download Deutchman's book; not this clunker.
a mangyan who loves to hike, to walk, to run, and to read.
Very inspiring.. i love Steve's childhood with all the "pranks", and the Tom-&-Hack team of Oaf Tobark and Berkeley Blue with their Blue-Box adventure...calling the Vatican, i wish i was there with them! Very inspiring business/life's philosophy.... a page turner! Steve Jobs, simply magical! iInspired!
I like a good story, be it fiction or reality, it should inspire, entertain, and teach.
I would listen to this book again after a short time has passed, I worked for apple, and found it explained some of the thing I did not understand about the way the did something's, this helped me see the why in there actions. Also the book is the first real insight we get into Steve jobs, and as such it's a large book to be able to ingest all at once. There is much to discover in this books and for that I would read it again.
There was not one moment, as I am well versed in the history of apple, but I do rambler the parts where he traveled to India and sort his guru, and how he followed the zen budaist way. This was the most memorable moment as I too was born in India, understand the sights and smell he must of seen, and my parents and to some exstent also my self believe in buda. So it was nice to see a massive tech giant deal with lifes conflicting decision and what would drive him to make great products.
As stated above the part heading to India, but there many other nice moment that brought a smile to my face, like working for Atari, or building the iPhone, the next cube, but there was some moments that will frustrate you also, like the canca, and what he did around his kids, how he treated people, and so on, but in the end it's all one man's life and there is much that can be learn from it.
It is in possible to listen to in in one sitting, but I spend the corse of two week traveling back fourth from work, listening to the story unfold.
Great book to understand the man Steve Jobs, but not the book to understand apple, or how the company will and did create the products they have. It's not a book about a poor kid becomes good, it's a real life experience on some one who was greate and a complete arsshole at times. In short read and enjoy, but don't use it as some sort of study bible.
His life story may not be different to some of us but he has contributed significant accomplishments to the digital world. He has proven to the world that any person can make a difference regardless of where he or she came from.
A fantastic insight into a man who's complex life has affected all of our lives. A very comprehensive account that shows how Apple and Pixar became the companies they are today. Dylan Baker does a great job narrating this book. I highly recommend it.
"A honest biography"
It can be conclude as an apple advertising, but that is what you will draw from Jobs' way of life. At times, Jobs preaches are contradictory to what he does: this is clear in Isaacson's analysis of Steve's complex personality. Amazing!
"A man to admire, to worship, but not to like"
In 1990 my Mac "Toaster" blew up on me: one of only two gadgets I've ever owned to do so. The other was an iPod, last year. It could only happen to something produced by Steve Jobs, and as I listened to this book I slowly began to understand why.
A famous Roman described Scandinavian legionnaires as being terrifying men of evil disposition and smell. That could apply to Steve Jobs. Isaacson portrays a man who pushed technology and people to infinity -- and beyond! Emotive, even tearful when balked, he cared nothing for what people thought. Not to say he didn't know what people thought, and what they wanted. Especially when it came to computer products.
He saw products (and even factory robots) in riotous colours, but people only in black and white. Their ideas were either "brilliant" or "crap". He had an empty stare which unsettled chumps and horrified smart people: behind that clear-eyed gaze there was no sign of a human soul.
His ideas could alter however, "crap" ones becoming "brilliant". Then he would make them his own. There was no guile in this: he would go to the originator of the idea and tell him to his face. Rarely if ever inventing anything himself, he milked smart people to produce a stream of world-beating products, which he launched with superb showmanship. That way he made big enemies -- and big products.
In 1983-5, watching the emergence of Lisa/Macintosh from inside IBM, much concerning Apple's product strategy puzzled me. This book explained it all. Though you won't learn the whole technology story from it: that's not its remit. It's all down to Jobs's defective personality, his antics plus his need to be in total control, going hand-in-hand with a meticulous command of detail. He could only use others, not "deal" with them.
That said, I'm impressed by the integrity of the man that emerges. If he "distorted reality" for those he bullied and beguiled, it wasn't to make them believe what he didn't himself (at the time, at least).
"Amazing Person..... amazing book!"
A good insight into how he did it! Or was it Apple did it! It was more than luck, bearing in mind he repeated the feat at least 3 times.
"Thanks for the iPod but...."
I guess you don't have to be a nice guy to be a genius and I think that description certainly fits Steve Jobs.
I don't want to ruin the book if you're planning on reading it, but let's just say he could've been a nicer guy to those around him.
But then, perhaps nice guys finish second!
Quite a long slog as an audio book and I was glad when it was over hence only 3 stars.
This book is inspirational and a great read for all. He was an amazing person with some unusual quirks. You get a great insight into how his mind worked and perfection for the end user was everything.
Having been a Mac user for 25 years and an ardent follower of the great man for as long, I found this a fascinating listen. Many of the stories are part of Apple mythology and it was great to hear them clarified from different sides. It was also fascinating to hear how Jobs' spiritual quest paralleled my own, even down to the same books, diets and other experimentations. It is, however, more the story of Apple and Pixar than just about Jobs, although they are so tightly linked it is hardly surprising.
My only complaint is with the reading, which is rather expressionless and with some unusual pronunciation, and sounds, ironically, like the digitised voice used to read back words in the Mac's TextEdit software. I'm sure Steve would not have approved of the choice. A better narrator would have definitely garnered the five stars the book deserves. Nevertheless, it is a fascinating insight into one of the iconic figures of our generation that serves as in inspiration to us all.
"This is Really a Good book"
this is really a good book and i recommend this book to everyone , please check this book
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