Walter Isaacson’s “enthralling” (The New Yorker) worldwide bestselling biography of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs.
Based on more than forty interviews with Steve Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than 100 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, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in 21st 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 the author, he asked for no control over what was written. 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.
Steve Jobs is the inspiration for the movie of the same name starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels, directed by Danny Boyle with a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin.
Isaacson's authorized biography of the founder of Apple Computers draws upon 40 interviews with Steve Jobs as well as 100 interviews with Jobs's friends, co-workers, and adversaries. Surprisingly, the notoriously secretive Jobs was the biography's biggest advocate, lobbying Isaacson repeatedly to work on the project. Besides Jobs's personal development, Isaacson also charts the growth of the tech industry in Northern California and the numerous moguls who worked alongside and clashed with Jobs. Dylan Baker's narration is straightforward and precise, and maintains listener interest throughout even during sections of text that detail the dryer aspects of the industry. Though numerous individuals discuss Jobs, Baker doesn't attempt to differentiate their voices. Still, it's always clear who is speaking, which proves a testament to Baker's abilities as a reader and Isaacson's clarity as a writer. A Simon & Schuster hardcover.
Worth the wait.
Have been waiting for Steve's official biography since the early 2000… My patience finally paid off with this great book, this is the day I have been waiting for. Thank you Steve for leaving behind this wealth for us, RIP... and thank you Walter for the great mastery in translating Steve's thoughts in words for us. :)!
Fascinating topic, poor writing. Needs an Update!
I love Apple and Steve. Because of this, I pre-ordered this book from iBook Store months ago. The book is interesting because the subject is riveting. However, the writing is very poor. There are numerous grammatical errors, paragraphs don't flow, and chapters end abruptly. (E.g. "His father was calm and gentle, traits that his son later praised more than emulated. He was also resolute." and " He walked into the room of the student who had offered to buy it only to discover that he was having sex with his girlfriend." Who's he, whose son, whose girlfriend?!) I realize the book was rushed, but it really needs some editing. I would love to get the updated 1.1 version.
Amazing, inspiring, incredible.
This biography by Walter Isaacson was well done. It clearly reiterates one of Steve Jobs' most famous quotes.
"Stay hungry. Stay foolish."