Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

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By (author) Walter Isaacson

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  • Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: Hardback | 656 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 235mm x 44mm |
  • Publication date: 24 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1451648537
  • ISBN 13: 9781451648539
  • Illustrations note: , black & white illustrations, black & white plates
  • Sales rank: 1,030

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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.

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Author information

Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter.

Customer reviews

By ChezzaAU 07 Nov 2013 5

I found Isaacson's biography seemingly unbiased, straight and truthful. He described the many faces of Steve Jobs, from his brilliance with technology to his blatant arrogance, manipulation, his controlling personality, and compulsive need for perfection. After reading Isaacson's book it does beg the question for me - was Steve Jobs truly one of most innovative creators of our time? or was it his persistent, plausible and charismatic personality that captured his audience, while promoting concepts that were a joint team idea and not just his alone?

It is true Steve Jobs was a visionary, which I don't dispute. However, I do feel that many of his staff over the years were not validated for their contributions and were perhaps equally as innovative as Jobs. It is a pity he treated his staff with what I can only describe as contempt in some cases, even claiming some of their ideas as his own. Likewise can be said with some of his business associates and friends. Although some of his methods could be questioned as to their harshness, he was certainly a great motivator in many ways.

The book was quoted by Isaacson to have been written with Job's full cooperation, and given many of the opinions and comments by others included in the book did not speak favourably of Jobs, made the book very honest for me. All in all, I found it an excellent read.

By junototoro 07 Mar 2012 4

The writer's writing style wasn't as good as I expected, but nonetheless this was a must read book for Apple fans.

By Konstantins Golevs 19 Jan 2012 5

I`m not a fan of Apple in any way, but nevertheless it was very interesting to read about one of the forefathers of computers. His methods were hardcore and cruel sometimes, but in the end the job was done. Also his attention to small details is what made Apple today what it is. Master of presentation.

By Nigel Goldthorpe 08 Oct 2011 5

What is there too say I haven't even seen let alone read the book yet. But Steve Jobs was the very definition of a true Visionary. What an incredible insight in a truely remarkable, incredible and Inspirational human being.
Steve certainly did make a dent in the Universe.
We will miss you.