From best-selling author Walter Isaacson comes the landmark biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.
With an introduction read by the author.
©2011 Walter Isaacson (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Inc
I'm not a fan of all of the approaches that Apple take to their products, but I do greatly appreciate and respect what they do well, and there's an awful lot they do exceptionally well.
With that proviso I found this book excellent and informative, I learnt things that I wasn't aware with regard to the links between Jobs / Wozniak and the early days of computing in the home, that I grew up with as a child. I also gained a great insight into the incredible attention to detail that has been part of everything Jobs has been involved in.
Jobs' utter dedication to perfection and driving those around him to achieve great things is brilliant, but is balanced by a character that, during his work life at least, has almost no empathy for others around him.
It's very much a warts 'n' all book in that sense, but the passion that Jobs and those that he surrounded himself with brought to their product design is inspiring to read, and leaves the reader wondering whether Apple would be what it is today if he'd been a little more sympathetic. I'm also left wondering whether the Apple he leaves behind will continue to create the new markets that now exist simply because of products Apple created, or improved, way beyond what others had done before.
The other sections of teh book are equally engaging, especially the sections about his time with Pixar where Jobs' more human side seems to come through and the genius of those around him is given more visibility.
I'm left with a view of a (literally) fatally flawed genius, whose passion drove some amazingly skilled people to do great things, but whose personality I dislike as much as I appreciate the products he helped to create.
The best audiobook (and book) I've ever heard (or read). Insightful and well written Jobs led a very colourful life and for those interested in business you'll learn more by listening to this book than you will from the equivalent time in lectures at business school (though I'd probably ignore anything to do with human resource management from the school of Jobs!)
I didn't think I could manage 25hrs of an audio book, but I was enthralled with it. It confirms that Steve Jobs was not the kind of person many people would want to work for but was a genius who managed to put together Apple twice and Pixar. He was a visionary and he has changed the way many of us now work and play.
Very well wtitten biography. I am not an apple fan or consumer, but I always admired Steve Jobs. Even though I dont think he was a good person, he revolutionised the world of technology.
I was afraid that this might be a one-sided story, but it seems to give an objective image of Steve's life. The story is based on interviews with Jobs and a lot of other people who knew him.
Must admit I've worked in IT for years, and only recently bought an iPhone and then a iPad so I was curious about Jobs - the man who became a bit of an IT legend. While the book won't fulfil everyone (esp. if you already know a lot about Jobs and his career), for me, it was an interesting insight into a truly inspiring character. I liked it. Not an earth shattering book - but the closest to the true person I'd expect.
For anyone who finds business and the history of computers interesting, this is a must read. It has inspired me to do better both professionally and personally. An excellent book. Oh, and just one more thing, I listened to it on my iPhone.
First the bad.. Essentially flawed - jumps around in time sometimes... Not as technical as I would have liked in important places. Accuracy of some things can be disputed. Feels written in a rush in places and could have done with more editing and rearranging.
Now the good. This totally overcomes the bad. This is a gripping Bio and well worth the hours of time to listen to. It is entertaining and really makes you think. It holds nothing back. In years to come there will be other more balanced BIO's perhaps with a more technical lean to them. Until then, this is the book to read.
I still give it 5 stars for effort.
Really interesting look at jobs life and his achievements. The author pulls no punches when it comes to jobs reputation. A really interesting and enjoyable read.
Even though I would not buy apple products I would recommend this book to everybody. Well written and narrated, gives an insight on the genius of Steve Jobs.
"Just brilliant and inspiring"
Absolutely ...It changes my outlook on life and really inspires me
Steve Job ...He has a personality that is unique and installs inpirations to others
Amazing look on the life of Steve Jobs and Apple ...Really inspiring
"love the story"
Right on top.
I have not listened to many audio books but enjoy biographies and this is a great story.
I am still reading and they are all great.
"A Good Listen"
Loved the book. Enjoyed the details and backstage access to Steve Job's professional & personal life, including to the companies he had built (Apple, NeXT, Pixar)
"An account of a life"
Yes I agree this book is kind of just lining up Steve Jobs' life from the beginning to the end, but it's ok - his life is really interesting! I very much enjoyed hearing the history of how various apple products were developed, about his leadership style, mood swings and the so called reality distortion field. Steve Jobs was a product genious, with an immense attention to detail. However, he was also someone who regularly kicked out staff he was unhappy with in a brutal manner and ignored his first daughter for many years. Simply an a-hole at times.
The books raises questions - how will apple ever survive without him? How come he was so harsh towards people?
Anyway a very interesting read.
"My first Audio book and I liked it"
Book is good, but I expected more of authors interpretation of his collective learnings. Writing style is just average , expected more classy writing. I liked the book nonetheless as Steve's life is itself very inspiring to read/hear
"Go get it!"
Go get this book! It's worth more than what you are paying for it.
I am still part way through it and totally hooked. But it is the most honest and refreshing book you will ever read. Besides giving you the real history of Steve Jobs, the fullness gives you perspective of a very private person's life. Only Gandhi's autobiography was more honest and that is saying something.
There are books which inspire, there are those which are PR excercises and then those which inflame or criticize. This book just gives an honest, comprehensive and loose narrative of his life.
Don't look at the cynical reviews. This book is about a man who was faulty, egoistic, problematic and whole lot of other things. But, he changed the world and forced us all to think different... and we are all better for it.
One of the best book, make me admire Jobs even more. I am sad that
Walter didnt undestand why Jobs did most of the things, and the reallity distorsion that in the book they talk to much, was the way that Steve has to push and do things. I am a designer, and I know that you can make in one night hours before the due date the best job and with presure.
We will miss you Steve.
"Fascinating account of a complex figure."
The book largely consists of anecdotes about Steve Jobs, and its very much up to the reader to draw conclusions.
The contractions of his character and the phenomenal nature of his achievements, from the original Mac to Pixar to the iPhone, means this approach makes for a great book, particularly if you have an interest in the technology sector.
"Wonderfull Story and Storytelling"
Worth every cent. A amazing story about a man that we might not get to experience in our lifetime. Narrated beautifully. Well done.
"Isaacson Does It Right"
This story was built for audio! Great to listen, esp when going for a long run in the morning...get this goodness!!
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