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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.
A Fantastic Telling of a Visionary's Life
I was first exposed to Isaacson's work through "Einstein: His Life and Universe." Like that excellent biography, "Steve Jobs" does not disappoint. It expertly draws you into the story of a fascinating man, whose brilliant successes amidst occasionally bizarre shortcomings have redefined the way we think, work, and play. The enclosed photographs offer an unusually intimate glimpse into his traditionally sheltered personal world. For those of us unfortunate to have never met him, this is the closest way we will ever have to know what made Steve Jobs "think different." These words are a work of art, much like the life they embody.
Fascinating topic, poor writing. Needs an Update!
I love Apple and Steve. Because of this, I pre-ordered this book from iBook Store months ago. The book is interesting because the subject is riveting. However, the writing is very poor. There are numerous grammatical errors, paragraphs don't flow, and chapters end abruptly. (E.g. "His father was calm and gentle, traits that his son later praised more than emulated. He was also resolute." and " He walked into the room of the student who had offered to buy it only to discover that he was having sex with his girlfriend." Who's he, whose son, whose girlfriend?!) I realize the book was rushed, but it really needs some editing. I would love to get the updated 1.1 version.
Inside the life of the greatest innovator of our time. This is a must have for any Steve Jobs fanatic, apple geek, or anyone looking for a good read. RIP STEVE.