Steve Jobs Online Download by Walter Isaacson
Click Here to Download the Book Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two yearsâ€”as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleaguesâ€”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 Appleâ€™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 Simply put: a fabulous book celebrating the life of a genius who has changed the way America thinks. Facing his own limited time, Steve Jobs invited the author into his life and open for him all access channels to his family, acquaintances, employees and former and present business associates. At the same time, Isaacson was able to look squarely into Steve's eyes as he wrote about his many shortcomings, specifically his aversion to showering and his lifelong history of verbal abuse and callousness toward everyone around him. Supposedly, this rudeness and outright cruelty served Steve's obsession with perfection. But I can't help wonder how many great, exceptional talented people he had lost in the process. The book covers all of Steve Jobs's ups and down, his being ousted from his company and being kept away for years before returning to it, somewhat more mature but not more humble. An excellent read that while does not teach us a lesson we can draw from the life of an extraordinary man (other than clean corporations from dead weights and less than stellar performers), nevertheless is important to place on the shelf of books about the history of human and cultural development.
Walter Isaacson had a tough task here - compiling the story of a near-mythic individual, one whose life was thought to be known (every move and utterance parsed and scrutinized) and yet still remained unknown (his family life remained deeply private), and releasing it in the days when that mythologizing was stoked to a fever pitch. Despite that pressure, Isaacson has produced an outstanding piece of work. It's as readable as a novel. In many ways, its subject's life does have the setbacks and triumphs of a piece of fiction. The protagonist is as complex as any character that the best writer could conjure up. I'm struck by the balance of the book. It clocks in at 570 pages and could easily go much, much longer. Entire libraries have been written about some of the subjects covered here: the birth of Apple; Sculley and Jobs; Gates and Jobs; Jobs at NeXT; the return of the King; the birth of the iPod and so on. Thinking about one small story from the book: the tale of Apple shifting from Motorola chipsets to Intel. I thought, wow, I could read a book about that subject alone. And there's surely a book's worth of material there. Yet, Isaacson dives in just deep enough on each subject to give you the essence of the man. He has to do that. Otherwise, he winds up with 1,500 pages. I'd read that as would some others, but most of the public will barely tolerate a 570-page
work. Second and more importantly in terms of balance, even though Jobs solicited Isaacson directly, he encouraged the author not to hold back in terms of presenting the bad along with the good. [Jobs' wife tells Isaacson in the book's prologue that her husband had a "messy" life in a lot of areas.] In a world filled with anti-Jobs screeds and pro-Jobs encomiums, Isaacson nails the genius/a--hole dichotomy at the center of this guy's life. Besides tales of brilliance, focus and relentlessness, Jobs' inherent meanness is a constant theme of the book. As the epilogue states, "[e]ven his family members wondered whether he simply lacked the filter that restrains people from venting their wounding thoughts or willfully bypassed it." For a guy that lumped all people into "hero or sh-thead" categories, Isaacson's work at detailing Jobs own dichotomous nature without appearing to take a side is a feat of dexterity and integrity.
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