Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Large Print - 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 : Thorndike Press, 2011
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410445223
Branch Call Number: LT 338.761 JOBS ISAACSO
Characteristics: 853 p. (large print) : ill. ; 25 cm


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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.

Aug 31, 2016

His life is amazing

Jun 06, 2016

After watching the film Steve Jobs, written by Aaron Sorkin and starring Michael Fassbender, I had to find out more about the man behind Apple. And this book delivered! At over 600 pages, this biography, authorized by Jobs, includes the author's interviews with many of his personal and business associates -- the good, the bad and the bitter. If, like me, after watching the film you were wondering "how could such a self-centered and seemingly short-sighted individual build such a successful company?" Read this book and (close to) all will be revealed.

Mar 31, 2016

A Masterpiece of Steve Jobs

Jan 07, 2016

A book about a man who was perhaps too much of a perfectionist, ruthless about how he dealt with his rivals and challengers, chaffing when he was forced out of his own company by a soda company executive; then turned things around by creating i - everything. A genius of our time. As usual, Walter Isaacson outdoes himself in telling the straight story. For those interested in an equally compelling story, I suggest "The Innovators", about the shaping of the computer age, written by the same author, and "The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made" which Isaacson co-authored - both books too tells about how the world we have today was shaped by unlikely people.

Dec 29, 2015

Un libro por demas interesante, acerca de una vida fascinante, donde la realidad supera la ficcion, donde la mente inquisitivamente creativa muestra como se desarrollaba entre sus propios angeles y demonios.

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Aug 26, 2012

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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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