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Steve Jobs

Isaacson, Walter

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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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: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 1451648537
9781451648539
Branch Call Number: B J6253

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Nov 17, 2014
  • BookishWallaby rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I don't read a lot of biographies, so I don't have a lot of basis to judge this one on. I'll just say, based on entertainment value alone, it was very good. Even though he's writing about a lot of business dealings and corporate goings-on - which are not things that generally interest me - I was absorbed.

Steve Jobs proved to be a more interesting character than I would have thought

Oct 07, 2014
  • viviane rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a fascinating read. In addition to learning about Steve's journey I liked the background stories about the computer, music and animated film industries.

This edition is in Spanish.

Sep 30, 2013
  • Gregorywall rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
I was really enthralled by this book. This volume was a lengthy and worthy life summary of a man that had a great influence in our world. He was recorded as repeatedly stating that his goal was to "change the universe", and he seems to have done so in many ways. He has changed the way we use computers with contributions to the graphical interface, he largely influenced the way we have access to digital media and apps with iTunes/iTunes U/App Store, and created baseline standards for what we expect from portable devices such as portable media players, phones, and tablets. Steve Jobs had reportedly encouraged the author to go on his own and honestly report what he found from his research and interviews without the totalitarian oversight that he would have probably exerted if he was more involved in the selection of content. Positive and negative aspects of Steve's personality, experiences, and decisions appear to be extremely accurate and diverse. Although he seemed to be largely influenced by spiritual teachings of Zen Buddihsm, meditation, and eastern philosophy, he did not seem to develop the inner peace and calm that is usually expected from those influences when handling others' feelings and positions. He reportedly held that things (ideas, products, efforts, people) were either great or horrible, rarely taking a middle ground. However, the quirks of his overbearing personality and intuition are what seemed to have given him the invaluable ability to motivate and drive himself and his associates to achieve so much. This book is a great read that will likely suck you into his "reality distortion field" and amaze, inspire, mortify, and astonish most readers.

please send copy to Millard Branch for pickup

May 20, 2013
  • JCLRachelSH rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

My takeaways from the initial buzz about Steve Jobs were: 1) He was kind of jerk, and 2) He ate a lot of weird orange food. 650 pages later, I agree that Jobs would’ve been a tough guy to work for, yet I admire his determination to bring his visions to life without sparing any egos. Isaacson entertained me with dishy stories about Jobs’ early hippie ethos -- his obsession with meditation, veganism, LSD and Bob Dylan sparked a lifelong tension between fighting versus becoming Big Brother. But the big shiny jewel of the biography is its treatment of closed versus open systems. While I’m fundamentally an open systems kinda girl, Steve Jobs’ infamous “reality distortion field” finally has me persuaded that closed systems win the prize for most poetic user experience.

Apr 29, 2013
  • Hazeldeantag rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An innovative and creative biography, just like the man it's about. The reality behind a multibillionaire, a great read. Recommended for adults.

Very much enjoyed this book. There are many brilliant people who changed the world who weren't assholes so in that regards Steve Jobs disappoints. This also contradicts the importance for emotional intelligence:)

Mar 07, 2013
  • AyChihuahua rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An excellent read!

First, I really liked learning about the skills that Jobs leveraged to build a multibillion dollar company from basically nothing. From what I gathered, Jobs' main role early on was coming up with a vision for Apple's various products and then recruiting exactly the right people to implement each feature. For example, when making the Apple II, Jobs decided that it shouldn't have a fan because it would be too noisy for consumers. Instead, he talked an engineer that he met at the Homebrew Computer Club into working for him, because the engineer had figured out how to design an oscillating power source that would allow the computer to run at a much lower temperature. Every computer since then has depended on this innovation.

Second, it was interesting to learn more about Jobs' character. Before reading this book, I had already read elsewhere about how Jobs was simultaneously a charismatic visionary and an insufferable egomaniac. What I didn't know what that he was extremely prone to tears, in addition to his crazy temper tantrums. Anyone who is interested in learning about how someone who was such a jerk managed to lead such a great company will find this a very good read indeed!

Jan 30, 2013
  • ewakk rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent book, excellent story. I am in awe.

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Good Artists copy, Great artists steal !!!

Jun 04, 2012
  • swissmiss711 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Stay hungry. Stay foolish.

Jan 11, 2012
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Jan 11, 2012
  • skcool rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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Dec 05, 2011
  • Bazooka_B9 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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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