Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs

By Walter Isaacson

  • Release Date: 2011-10-24
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
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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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    By Wake & Bake Breakfast Club
    Young Innovators dream to create change in the world. Gives you new energy and outlook in the work. Great work of literature.
  • Best Read Ever!!!

    By Roman Minaj
    If you are looking to learn and understand the formula that makes the exceptional happen this is the book to read. Steve Jobs will go down in history as one of the most excellent businessmen and pioneers of our time. Isaacson does an unbelievably good job at capturing the various facets Steve went through, and you genuinely relive the moments in this well written and articulated biography. Steve's story should inspire you to find it in yourself to propel. It is an incredible inspiration for a young man like myself who wants to change the world even with the odds stacked against me. I highly recommend this book! It is one of those reads that change your perspective on the planet and how important it is that we as humans contribute to our species future success.
  • A perfect biography of a complex man

    By Laxy9
    Steve always chased the best. He is no less concerned about choosing someone who can write best about him - Walter Isaacson, with the credit of Franklin & Einstein, tried to present the Complicated Steve Jobs in the most simplest ways as possible. You can just go through the chapter names of the book and get an idea of the creativity in this book! An essential read to understand Jobs.
  • Engrossing... and apparently accurate

    By Boat Lvr
    It was fantastic to bounce between the competing and opposing portions of Job’s personality.
  • Brilliant and Inspirational

    By Bbobrussell
    Jobs was not a man taken lightly, and many criticize his actions and behaviors, but this book dives deep into the root of why he was the man he was, and how that changed what the world was into what it is today.
  • 20,000th Review

    By CSpecht89
    I normally don’t write reviews, but when I saw here were 19,999 reviews on this book, I just had to be 20,000. I added the digital collection to my library because it seems appropriate. I am impressed that this book is often updated with content, corrections or other minor edits. Very cool. It’s an interesting, in-depth read from what feels like (even if it isn’t) an unbiased point of view about the genius that made Apple tick. I feel the stories are accurate, fair and well-written. Certainly worth a couple of read-throughs. Very cool.
  • The story of a successful man!

    By metunx
  • I never knew

    By TeriZw
    Excellent biography of an excellent man.
  • Really good tale of job's life

    By a123r
    Really good tale of job's life
  • Disappointing

    By Nina Seer
    The pictures are small and not pinchable. You'll see transcripts of audio and video tapes instead of links to actually view the content described. Major disappointment in a book that should have had technological enhancements the man himself created that are so readily available.