Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography
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Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

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From bestselling author Walter Isaacson comes the landmark biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. In iSteve: The Book of Jobs, 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, key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, iSteve is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 656 pages
  • 163 x 234 x 51mm | 938g
  • Little, Brown
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 16pp of b/w phtoos
  • 1408703742
  • 9781408703748
  • 808

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From the author of the bestselling biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, this is the exclusive biography of Apple's Steve Jobs, written with his full cooperation.

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 - this book chronicles the rollercoaster 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 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, so 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 and instead encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. "I've done a lot of things I'm not proud of, such as getting my girlfriend pregnant when I was twenty-three and the way I handled that," he said. "But I don't have any skeletons in my closet that can't be allowed out."

Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. Likewise, his friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, demons, perfectionism, desires, artistry, devilry, and obsession for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.

Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were all interrelated, just as Apple's hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is thus both instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.
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About Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson began his career in journalism at The Sunday Times before becoming CEO of CNN. He is the author of several bestselling biographies.
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Our customer reviews

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.show more
by ChezzaAU
Absolutely one of the best books I have read. If you have any Apple product you will find the story of its inception riveting. I cannot recommend it more highly. The guy was a genuis but as with a lot of these type of people other personality areas suffered.show more
by Janne Forman
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