Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Book - 2011
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From the author of the bestselling biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, this is the exclusive, New York Times bestselling biography of Apple co-founder 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.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster, 2011.
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed. --
ISBN: 9781451648539
1451648537
Branch Call Number: 338.761 Jobs-I
Characteristics: xxi, 630 p. : ill.
Additional Contributors: Walker, Diana (Diana H.)

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mammothhawk229e
Jul 13, 2017

Steve Jobs defeated Steve Jobs on a longer life. His reality distorting field tactic was a double edge sword.
Hard to be a rebel with a cult of personality.
Gated garden strategy conflicted with 8 billion people doing whatever wherever & whomever they wanted.
Hard to say reputation be better or worse if he lived with maturing social media.

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m_ms_uk
Aug 31, 2016

His life is amazing

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KatieLovesBooks
Jun 06, 2016

After watching the film Steve Jobs, written by Aaron Sorkin and starring Michael Fassbender, I had to find out more about the man behind Apple. And this book delivered! At over 600 pages, this biography, authorized by Jobs, includes the author's interviews with many of his personal and business associates -- the good, the bad and the bitter. If, like me, after watching the film you were wondering "how could such a self-centered and seemingly short-sighted individual build such a successful company?" Read this book and (close to) all will be revealed.

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Tono777
Mar 31, 2016

A Masterpiece of Steve Jobs

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rpavlacic
Jan 07, 2016

A book about a man who was perhaps too much of a perfectionist, ruthless about how he dealt with his rivals and challengers, chaffing when he was forced out of his own company by a soda company executive; then turned things around by creating i - everything. A genius of our time. As usual, Walter Isaacson outdoes himself in telling the straight story. For those interested in an equally compelling story, I suggest "The Innovators", about the shaping of the computer age, written by the same author, and "The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made" which Isaacson co-authored - both books too tells about how the world we have today was shaped by unlikely people.

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Emin_Gomez
Dec 29, 2015

Un libro por demas interesante, acerca de una vida fascinante, donde la realidad supera la ficcion, donde la mente inquisitivamente creativa muestra como se desarrollaba entre sus propios angeles y demonios.

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kityojames
Jan 16, 2015

Fate is indeed a real double dribbler, it couldn't have made Steve's biological dad serve him food in a restaurant, after discarding him. It seems like it is a handiwork of God that made the life of Steve jobs. Oh!
Great book. But so many good things to learn from Mr. Jobs, and so many bad things to abhor from his personality.

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Persnickety77
Nov 17, 2014

I don't read a lot of biographies, so I don't have a lot of basis to judge this one on. I'll just say, based on entertainment value alone, it was very good. Even though he's writing about a lot of business dealings and corporate goings-on - which are not things that generally interest me - I was absorbed.

Steve Jobs proved to be a more interesting character than I would have thought

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viviane
Oct 07, 2014

I really enjoyed this book. It was a fascinating read. In addition to learning about Steve's journey I liked the background stories about the computer, music and animated film industries.

mboothe Jun 10, 2014

This edition is in Spanish.

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Bheemesh
Aug 26, 2012

Good Artists copy, Great artists steal !!!

swissmiss711 Jun 04, 2012

Stay hungry. Stay foolish.

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Jan 11, 2012

HI READ THIS BOOK NOW

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mengsta
Oct 11, 2016

Be as passionate as possible with your career. Don't settle for less. Then build a team of only A players.

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skcool
Jan 11, 2012

Isaacson received the exclusive chance of interviewing Jobs and the dozens of people closest to him. But at the end of the 600-some pages, offers up little analysis or depth into the real Steve Jobs. What made him tick? What gave him the razor sharp business acumen to predict consumer trends? Why WAS he so mean and pathological? Isaacson dances around main issues plenty of times and certainly offers some juicy anecdotal tales and guesses from friends and colleagues, but in the end, he himself never forms a composite answer. This biography reads like an never-ending interview as the interviewer moves from one quote to another and one source to another. That may have been fine as an interview piece for TIME (for which he used to write) but it's hardly enough for a lasting memoir. What upsets me the most is the fact that Jobs allowed Isaacson this rare chance into his personal circle so that he can understand Jobs like nobody can ever before. All this in order for Isaacson to write a biography that JOBS' CHILDREN CAN READ AND GET TO KNOW THEIR FATHER. Jobs himself admits that he's hardly the model father, more often than not neglecting their care for his companies, Pixar and Apple. This biography was suppose to be a chance for Jobs to show his children why he did the things he did and share his passion for his work. But Isaacson understands neither business nor Apple enough to fully capture this. Although the second half of the book is mostly about the growth of Apple in the last decade - relegating Jobs, the person, to a minute role in the book - Isaacson lacks the business capacity to fully analyze the full cause and effects of Apple's decisions, products and actions. So what you are left with is a hap hash mix of personal anecdotes on Jobs and rough dissections on Apple - not enough biography nor enough business case study. Even worse, what Isaacson wrote on the personality of Jobs is NOT a flattering one in the least. Even the most ardent Jobs/Apple fanatic will find it hard to like him after the picture Isaacson paints in his book. If the average reader is left wanting after reading this, I can only wonder what his children will think when they have a chance to read it.

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Bazooka_B9 Dec 05, 2011

Coarse Language: A couple of "F-ers" here and there, but nothing to be to concerned about and they're never used in a sexual context.

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