The Exclusive Biography
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Based on more than forty interviews with Steve Jobs conducted over two years - as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues - this is the acclaimed, internationally bestselling biography of the ultimate icon of inventiveness. Walter Isaacson tells the story of the rollercoaster life and searingly intense personality of creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies,music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. 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.
From Publishers Weekly
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Steve Jobs by Isaacson
Most disappointing. Well chronicled, that is covering the events. But little analysis, practically none of the debate that surrounded so much of Jobs's decisions and, most importantly, almost no attempt to project the human being. What made him so driven ? we have no answer. WHY was he mean ? WHY did he like Dylan ? WHAT did he do in his spare time if he had any ? Where is the human ? Again, we do not really have any good attempts at an answer. So, what we are left with are more like anecdotal, very external accounts of what he did, and very little of what he was. Well, to project someone like S Jobs, one apparently needs a novelist not a historian. He was, after all, larger than life so why stick with a superficial account of the facts ?
A glimpse into the life and achievements of one of the truly great minds of our era. Despite suffering from the unchronological storyline, the book is an excellent, lucid read... and we can all learn from it.
One of my favourites