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Click Here to Download the Book 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. 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 Reading this book, I found that I wouldn't have liked Steve Jobs for the way he treated people. But found myself intrigued with every chapter as the history of Apple, Jobs and the industries surrounding them came to life. I appreciated how Walter detailed Jobs experiences (failures and successes), intense passions and Reality Distortion Field drove him. The balance of input from those surrounding Jobs friends, adversaries, competitors and colleagues really made the history come to life. But was incredibly readable. I was touched by some of the stories, as much as I was appalled at his behavior, but I closed the book with a deeper appreciation of what Steve Jobs had achieved as a pioneer in six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. I’ll be interested if Apple can really change the textbook industry without Steve Jobs brutally painting a new vision for the industry, which I believe it is beyond corrupt and a place that could change the world if it was done right. And like the music industry an untapped opportunity to revolutionize how the world learns. Isaacson did a fantastic job with this biography, and I believe it will take its own place in history as one of the best biographies. You might find yourself appreciating that there is no off switch.
Walter Isaacson captures the genius, arrogance and flaws of Steve Jobs in this master biography of the man, his times and his machines. Jobs was a petulant tyrant and a brilliant perfectionist. His life's desire to create amazing products and to "put a dent in the universe" drove him to drive his engineers and marketing people to create products that ordinary human beings could use. For those of us frustrated with using the badly designed tools of the early computer age, he developed products - the Macintosh, the iPhone, the iPod and iPad - that we did not know we needed. And needing them, we wanted them. Isaacson captures the wounded, self-absorbed, self-contradictory maniac at the heart of this revolution. The barefooted, deodorant-eschewing child of the 60s became a world player and titan of industry. The hard-edged businessman would burst into tears when he couldn't get his way. The abandoned child became an abandoning father. Few holds were barred in this book. For those of us who came of age in the computer age, the book also brings the back-story of the development
of beloved products. Usually, that involved Jobs seeing the work of others - Xerox's PARC, with its wonderful graphical interface, for instance - and recognizing ways to use it to make products that were far ahead of their time and gorgeously produced. Though the book suggests that Jobs' DNA has been built into the company he founded (then lost, then saved) it's hard to imagine Apple with Steve Jobs at the helm, bitterly castigating shoddy work and inelegant design until it was shorn of all that was inessential.
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