Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs

By Walter Isaacson

  • Release Date: 2011-10-24
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
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FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE BESTSELLING BIOGRAPHIES OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AND ALBERT EINSTEIN, THIS IS THE EXCLUSIVE BIOGRAPHY OF STEVE JOBS.

Based on more than forty 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 twenty-first 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 nor even the right to read it before it was published. 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.

Reviews

  • insanely Great

    5
    By anuragreddy9777
    his legacy will continue
  • Steve Jobs

    5
    By Dreamweaver888
    Words can’t describe how much I enjoyed this book. Insight into one of humanities most interesting minds of the past century. Thank you Walter.
  • Insightful

    5
    By kragop83
    This book is insightful, engaging, ands interesting. I would recommend it as a must read. I don't want to give anything away, so i wont go into details. However, one of the Steve's philosophies that i agree with is the fact that companies should never put the money before the customer, it should about making the best product. Also, companies have remember this: if they don't take care of the their customers some other company will. So, innovation and customer service, should be priority.
  • Awesome

    5
    By WestCoaster10
    Awesome. Loved it.
  • absolute garbage written by a vindictive old man

    1
    By edmondtw
    This is tabloid filth at its worst. It's a journey or discovery of the many qualities that made this man revolutionary, but a painstaking and clearly prejudicial compendium of every little fault and error of a human being. This is truly tabloid filth, and right from the prologue you can tell that Isaacson was clearly embittered that this young whippersnapper was financially successful, beloved by legions of admirers around world, and literally changed the way that young and old people alike experienced the world around them for the better, while Isaacson himself had to be contented with chronicling the lives of men who actually accomplished something. The final straw was this young barefoot hippie surpassing him. Jobs entrusted Isaacson with his legacy and it was the worst mistake he made since entrusting Apple to Sculley. If you want to point out the biggest mistakes in Jobs' life, trusting Isaacson is right up there.
  • Way too expensive "9 99 boycott"

    1
    By Nikohl_27
    How can the publisher justify charging $16.99 when the Amazon version is $9.99. iBooks needs to be more competitive on price or I'll just buy a kindle. Love apple everything but this is ridiculous.
  • Good Story of an Interesting Life

    5
    By John O'Meara
    Very well written biography. The author packs in a lot of information that give gives us the broad contours of Jobs’ life and career. It is possible to write a biography that has a nasty or sneering tone, and thankfully Isaacson avoids that while not just sugarcoating his story. I’m sure there is lots more to say about Steve Jobs, and that there are many people who had different experiences (positive and negative) with him. But the author has given a good starting point for better understanding the life and times of this interesting and influential contributor to the development of personal computing and more.
  • The best biography I've read

    5
    By blackcro55
    Reading a biography is usually quite painful. Isaacson has written an incredibly good book. He's taken a story many people think they know and done an exceptional amount of homework. The story, in reality, is more than most know: for better and for worse. I really don't like reading biographies and took more than a year to decide to read this one. His crafting of job's story is excellent. I suggest everyone read it whether you want to know more about Jobs or want to know more about one man's vision on how to simplify the crap of most man-machine interfaces. Or if you want to see how to craft a really good bio.
  • Nothing is perfectly

    5
    By g4wings
    Nothing is perfectly Nothing is exactly This is what everything actually!!!
  • Amazing

    5
    By Someone Called Philippe
    It was a great book and now I understand why Apple products are the best. It's a shame Steve had to die.

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