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Title:Steve Jobs
Authors:Walter Isaacson
Info:New York : Simon & Schuster, 2011.
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Rating:****1/2
Tags:Biography, Apple

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Steve Jobs was arrogant, whiny, unrelenting, rude, and annoying. But with that being said, one can't deny the changes he made in the world of technology. His unrelenting attitude and passion is what helped him make Apple products – it was his way or no way.

Before reading this book, I knew little about Apple (I don't actually own one Apple product) or the man that helped make it. So I delved into this with an open mind. It was a well written biography on a very irritating man. I've had people start the book and decide not to finish it because they just could not get past Jobs character. And I don't blame them. I don't know how many times, from beginning to end I wanted to smack the man for his attitude but I also couldn't help admiring the fact that he didn't care whether people liked him or not. And the fact that the author gives the good and the bad makes it that much more realistic. I was torn on Steve Jobs – a hatred and respect for him (and from the many interviews done, I am not alone on that assessment) and will miss his innovation.

I really enjoyed this book even if I did not always enjoy the man it was about. The author, over two years, worked closely with Jobs (although, surprisingly, Jobs did not want any control over what was put in, stating he wanted his children and others to know the true him) and conducted hundreds of interviews with his family, friends, and enemies to get the full picture. If one wants to read the legacy of Steve Jobs, this is definitely the book to read. ( )
  UberButter | Feb 9, 2016 |
Well written The author didn't hold back on describing the bad behavior and jerk personality to provide a complete look at the public and private person. This is the most well written biography that I have ever read!

Interesting walk through the years of the computer industry evolution through the lens of Steve Jobs and Apple (and NeXT, etc.). ( )
  deldevries | Jan 31, 2016 |
Fascinating bio of a genius driven to the apex of the juncture of technology and culture. At times an enlightened being, at others a complete jerk (insensitive, zero loyalty, cruel), his goal was to build a great company - not make money. A sensitive and well-balanced portrayal, we see the flaws, but still admire the man and what he did with his life. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
Kudos to the author for the fine compilation.
Reality distortion field !! great way :)
Great biography from a wonderful author about a complex person.
Highly recommend this book ( )
  _RSK | Jan 26, 2016 |
An interesting account of one of the figures who defined the computer age for nearly 40 years and created a genre with a cult following. It is amazing how he was able to create his empire despite his very abrasive personality that comes out very clearly in almost every page of this well written book.

One interesting tidbit, the only book he downloaded onto his iPad and one that he never failed to read every year was "The Autobiography of a Yogi".
  danoomistmatiste | Jan 24, 2016 |
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Steve Jobs dreamed of a legacy that awed people. He wanted to be in the pantheon of great product innovators, indeed surpassing Edwin Land and even his early icons William Hewitt and David Packard. But, Jobs created more than great products. Just as significant was his ability to create great companies with valuable brands. And, he created two of the best of his era: Apple and Pixar.
 
Isaacson’s book is long, dull, often flat-footed, and humorless. It hammers on one nail, incessantly: that Steve Jobs was an awful man, but awful in the service of products people really liked (and eventually bought lots of) and so in the end his awfulness was probably OK. It is not Isaacson’s fault that Jobs from early on had a “admixture of sensitivity and insensitivity, bristliness and detachment,” as Isaacson describes it, or that Jobs abandoned friends, thought almost everyone else was a shithead, showed little interest in his daughters, and made life generally miserable for anyone who had to provide a good or service to him. But it is Isaacson’s fault that the biography is so narrowly focused on one moral theme. The reader is left to judge, with plenty of evidence both ways—and a clear idea of where Isaacson’s sympathies lie—whether Jobs deserves the Artist’s Exemption.
added by Shortride | editn+1, Gary Sernovitz (Dec 20, 2011)
 
As Walter Isaacson says in this incisive biography, Jobs behaved like a Nietzschean superman, using his will – transmitted through an unblinking stare – as a remote-control device that compelled others to do his bidding.
added by SqueakyChu | editThe Guardian, Peter Conrad (Oct 30, 2011)
 
While Jobs was a vigorous competitor, he also came to view himself as an elder statesman with a responsibility for giving advice to Google’s Page, Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other emerging technology executives, according to “Steve Jobs,” an authorized biography by Walter Isaacson and published by CBS Corp. (CBS)’s Simon & Schuster. It goes on sale Oct. 24.
added by Serviette | editBloomberg, Adam Satariano (Oct 22, 2011)
 
Mr. Isaacson treats “Steve Jobs” as the biography of record, which means that it is a strange book to read so soon after its subject’s death. Some of it is an essential Silicon Valley chronicle, compiling stories well known to tech aficionados but interesting to a broad audience. Some of it is already quaint. Mr. Jobs’s first job was at Atari, and it involved the game Pong. (“If you’re under 30, ask your parents,” Mr. Isaacson writes.) Some, like an account of the release of the iPad 2, is so recent that it is hard to appreciate yet, even if Mr. Isaacson says the device comes to life “like the face of a tickled baby.”
added by LiteraryFiction | editNew York Times, Janet Maslin (pay site) (Oct 21, 2011)
 
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The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do. -- Apple's "Think Different" commercial, 1997
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(Introduction - How This Book Came to Be) In the early summer of 2004, I got a phone call from Steve Jobs.
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À partir d'une quarantaine d'interviews exclusives et de multiples rencontres avec sa famille , ses proches , ses collaborateurs , ses amis comme ses adversaires , l'auteur a constitué d'une façon magistrale et passionnée la vie , l'œuvre et la pensée d'un des plus grands innovateurs et visionnaires de notre époque .

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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Steven P. Jobs/Innovative, genius mind/Rough around the edge(njvroom)

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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, the author 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. -- From publisher.… (more)

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