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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.
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A good read
A fascinating person, Steve Jobs can't have been easy to write about. From the book, a multi-faceted, complex individual emerges about whom it's difficult to form an unambiguous impression.
Beyond this, I found the book unbalanced in its structure, never quite persistent enough in its descriptions of either admirable or regrettable events.
Nevertheless, I highly recommend it if you are interested in learning about - perhaps learning from - Steve Jobs's life. The world is a poorer place for his untimely passing.
Excellent piece of work
Loved the biography of Steve Jobs. As an fan of Apple I've always been interested in the secret of the success. This piece of work reflects the life of Steve in a very good way. Had the feeling that I got a very good sense how he has lived, worked, envisioned and created a great company. Thanks for the wonderful read.