Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2011
Edition: First Simon and Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451648539
Branch Call Number: B J579i 2011
Characteristics: xxi, 630 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm


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In 2012, Daisey came under fire for fabricating some details in “The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” a monologue that was excerpted on the NPR program This American Life and later retracted. Here is a best-selling Jobs biography.

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Aug 04, 2020

The biography Steve Jobs by Walter Issaacson is an excellent biography that explores the life in and out of the office of legendary Apple Founder Steve Jobs, and shows all parts of his life, unbiased. The biography follows the Life of Jobs from the life of his parents, to his childhood, to his journey as a young man finding himself in the world, and to his relationship with his family. The page touting and amazing book always leaves the reader grasping for more and shows jobs not only in his greatest triumphs but also at his lowest points. The biography also explores the legacy Jobs left behind after his death. I would rate this novel 13+ because of the language and drug use in the biography.

Oct 13, 2019

An interesting book that presents Steve Jobs as a very complex, sometimes immature man who had difficulties with family and may have been cruel or oblivious to the feelings of others simply out of a lack of empathy.
While he certainly worked hard and had a prodigious output I am curious if at the end of his life he would have chosen to do some things differently such as spend more time with his kids.
Of course doing all the creative and entrepreneurial projects he did left little time for the family and his first child suffered for his single minded focus to his work.
The price of extraordinary success seems to be a lack in other areas although he seems to have had the luck to have a sensible wife who took care of her kids as well as trying to get Mr. Jobs to reconcile with his first child.
A very long book. I had to read it in spurts. Some parts I skipped because I didn't find the growing of the business as interesting as the family impacts and successes. Overall, an interesting book and a man who certainly left a legacy although this legacy may not be entirely a good one.

Aug 01, 2019

When Jobs' friend ,Walter Isaacson, wrote this biography, Steve Jobs allowed him access to all his friends and did not require he would read it before it was published. As well as being a pioneer of Silicon Valley, Jobs was also known as a control freak and this was uncharacteristic of him. In doing so, however, Isaacson was able to write about the whole of Jobs life, from dropping out of college, to releasing the Ipad, including the good, but also the bad and the ugly. The 40 interviews with Jobs himself, as well as the countless others with his friends, colleagues, adversaries, and family, contribute to the accuracy of this book. As well as being accurate, the book is also engaging and well written in exploring the life of Steve Jobs. I recommend this book to anyone interested or researching: Apple, Silicon Valley, Pixar and of course, Steve Jobs. Be warned that the book is over 600 pages long. 5/5. @mittopic of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board.

mazinwhistler Mar 28, 2019

This is a very well written (Walter Isaacson is an excellent story teller) biography of one of the most iconic and prolific men of the technology revolution from the turn of the century. Despite his arrogance, need for perfection, mean streak the man was brilliant! Generally to achieve what Jobs did throughout his career you tend to put people off side and this he did so (over and over again) but you will note that there also many people out there who respect him, his work and the advances in technology that we take for granted today. I have to admit that I currently have a Jobs crush - I am in awe of his career and achievements and think we could all benefit from demanding A grade players and work in our lives - excellence is the key!

Jan 14, 2019

Having read the book by his first daughter (Small Fry) and the book by that daughter's mother (strange read...) I have now completed the Steve Jobs era of my reading interests. This is an exhaustive book on the life and accomplishments of a brilliant, committed man. He oversaw so much that is integral to today's world that I almost tired of reading of his accomplishments. By the (beautiful) end, though, a case had been made for the man's accomplishments, personality, and beliefs. An interesting and exhaustive - and important - read.

Nov 14, 2018

Walter Isaacson's writing style is easy-to-read and immersive. Reading about Steve Jobs' life through Isaacson's pen is fascinating and informative. A thorough account of Jobs' life and gives you a better appreciation for Apple Computers, for better or worse.

Oct 22, 2018

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson is a fantastic book that captures not only the accomplishments of Jobs, but his complex spirit as well.

Sep 30, 2018

Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, helped to create the world's most valuable company in his parent's garage. During his long careers at Apple and Pixar, he helped to create the Apple II, the Macintosh, the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad, along with animated films like Toy Story and Cars. This is a fascinating look at Steve Jobs' passionate personality and his many mistakes and successes. It works as a must-read technology business book, and as an entertaining story about one man's troubled life.

Nov 15, 2017

Must-read biography of our time, to both (Apple/Jobs) lovers and haters, from pre-baby-boomers to post-millennials, and their posterity. It's packed with intense materials and enlivened with the (well to less known) people, like Jobs' lived/worked to the fullest, fastest, the impossible simplicity, the book is never felt bloated and dragged to a huge volume.
On Jobs' tantrum and reality distortion field, I learned few more new iterations from the book, but I became more appreciative of his impact. Pixar's story especially captivated me, Jobs' finally meeting Dylan was one of the most moving moments I felt from the book.
Has Apple grown from "1984"s anti-"Big Brother" to "Big Brother" himself?

One of the controversies on Jobs' control freak:
"...freedom from program that steal your private data. Freedom from programs that trash your battery. Freedom from porn, Yep, freedom."

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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Good Artists copy, Great artists steal !!!

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Oct 11, 2016

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

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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