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Publisher's Summary

From the acclaimed Vanity Fair and GQ journalist - an unprecedented, in-depth portrait of the man whose return to Apple precipitated one of the biggest turnarounds in business history.

When Steve Jobs became the acting CEO of Apple Computers, it was hemorrhaging more than a billion dollars a year. His return after twelve years of exile to the company he co-founded completely revitalized Apple. With the revolutionary success of the iMac, Apple turned a profit of over $600 million last year.

Based on interviews with scores of people - rivals, colleagues, friends - who have worked with Jobs over the years, The Second Coming of Steve Jobs presents the most revealing portrait yet of this extraordinarily complex man; how and why he almost gave up his career; the details of his negotiations with Disney's Jeffrey Kaztenberg and Michael Eisner and of the culture clash between Silicon Valley and Hollywood; his methods of leadership, management, creativity, and innovation; his friendship and rivalry with Bill Gates - and much more.

Since the early days of Apple, Steve Jobs has captivated the public. Now, as Jobs prepares to conquer Hollywood with his enormously successful animation film studio, Pixar, Alan Deutschman brings listeners what will be one of the most talked-about business audios of the year.

Alan Deutschman is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. For the past twelve years, he has covered business and technology. He was a correspondent for Fortune for seven years, a senior writer at GQ, and a contributing editor at New York magazine.

Executive Producer: Sherry Huber
Original Jacket Photograph: Alan Levenson/Corbis
Original Jacket Design: Andrea Thomas
©2000 by Alan Deutschman
(P)2000 Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"...a behind-the-scenes account of the supreme showman's resurrection from high-tech oblivion to cover-story glory...likely to raise hackles - not to mention blood pressure - in the corridors of Apple Computer and Pixar Animation Studios." (USA Today)

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  • Randy
  • Norcross, GA, USA
  • 02-14-05

Great Book!

I enjoyed this book. Interesting to hear the detailed background of a top IT executive.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • Jacksonville, FL, USA
  • 12-01-04

Steve never disappoints

An amazing up and down story about a visionary that stuck to what he had passion for and succeeded.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Adam
  • Athens, OH, USA
  • 05-10-04

Good book with a good reader.

This was a good book and worth the listen, but it really paints a picture of a different man than who I would imagine a million Apple nuts worship.

The reader is good and pleasant to listen to and never gets boring.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • George
  • Bryan, OH, USA
  • 04-22-04


If you can get past the pettiness and jealousy of Deutschman , there is a lot of good information in this audio book. The story of Jobs? career is an interesting story of american ingenuity and survival. Unfortunately, like most vindictive tomes, this is a sad portrait of Deutschman ?s own shortcomings.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jackie
  • London, N/A, United Kingdom
  • 02-06-04

Informative Educaitonal & Entertaining!

My first audible book, and definitely not my last. A fun listen, that makes you want more. You don't need to be a technophile to enjoy this one, it's non-fiction at its dramatic best. :) All you need is a little interest in Jobs, even if it's just curiosity that brought you here... this book is worth that credit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • Harleysville, PA, USA
  • 01-09-04


A terrific audiobook. Both the story and performance were great. This was the first thing I listened to on my new iPod.

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  • Roger
  • 10-10-03

facinating and well done A MAC MUST!

hey this book was just a joy to listen to and totally facinating. I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in computers and technology, but if your a mac user a MUST READ!!! thanks I really enjoyed it.

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Love him or hate him... Steve Jobs is a an American icon. Brilliant, quirky, eccentric, passionate, visionary, and proud. I could not stop listening to this audio book. It may be the first audio book that I listen to back to back. Heck, I may switch from PC to a Mac just from listening to this book. Jobs takes so much pride in his work. His work, is his child... and he raises both his way. As crazy as he is, I couldn't escape his briliance and can't help but admire him more now dispite the nasty alter ego. GET THIS BOOK!

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  • Tce-Yee
  • Tenafly, NJ, USA
  • 06-18-03

Good Listen

This book is a great Listen. It tells about one of the Men who helped to create the PC industry. How his ego drove him from the company he helped to found and how his triumphant return help helped to once again re-invent the computer industry. I'm not sure how much of this book is actually accurate but from the things I have heard about this great Man If it isn't true it wouldn't surprise me if it was. A great Book nonetheless!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Jesus
  • san antonio, TX, USA
  • 05-31-08

absolutely Fantastic

Steve Jobs is a very complex soul and this book deep dives into the genius mind of Steve Jobs. I dislike apple but love Steve Jobs. This should be written in a text book somewhere.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful