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From best-selling author Walter Isaacson comes the landmark biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family me From best-selling author Walter Isaacson comes the landmark biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.


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From best-selling author Walter Isaacson comes the landmark biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family me From best-selling author Walter Isaacson comes the landmark biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

30 review for Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie *Very Stable Genius*

    Steve Jobs was a damn dirty hippie. He didn't much like to shower or wear shoes. He believed his diet kept him from getting stinky, not true apparently. In fact he was quite odd and obsessive about his diets, he would go on kicks where he would eat nothing but carrots for long periods of time until he turned orange. This makes me wonder if these strange eating habits brought on his cancer. Who can say? Steve Jobs was an asshat. He was an ass to everyone, even Steve Wozniak, who by everyone's stand Steve Jobs was a damn dirty hippie. He didn't much like to shower or wear shoes. He believed his diet kept him from getting stinky, not true apparently. In fact he was quite odd and obsessive about his diets, he would go on kicks where he would eat nothing but carrots for long periods of time until he turned orange. This makes me wonder if these strange eating habits brought on his cancer. Who can say? Steve Jobs was an asshat. He was an ass to everyone, even Steve Wozniak, who by everyone's standards is one of the nicest guys there is. Wozniak was Job's only friend at times, and looked up to him always, but Jobs screwed him over time and again. Jobs didn't even claim his first born daughter (until much later) as his own even though there was no doubt she belonged to him. He also was a very emotional man, lots of crying and snot when he wanted something. Impossible to please, even down to the color of things. I seriously don't know how anything got finished, I really don't. Steve Jobs was a super genius. Despite of (or because of) all this he created the most amazing things. Because he demanded the impossible, he would get it. I love my Ipod and my Ipad. I'm very attached, I don't want to live without them. I use the Ipod for my audiobook and podcast addiction. I'm even learning how to draw caricatures on the Ipad.....so frik'n cool. Thank you Steve for being a damn dirty hippie, asshat super genius. Your creations have enhanced, and changed our lives. Review also appears on Shelfinflicted....Go and visit!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    There are three things necessary for a great biography: 1. A compelling subject 2. An engaging narrative 3. Accuracy Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs has all three. Steve Jobs was a fascinating person whose powerful personality and extraordinary life make for a very compelling read. He revolutionized many different technological and entertainment industries by successfully blending technology and the liberal arts, giving consumers products they didn't even know they wanted. He was able to defy reality by There are three things necessary for a great biography: 1. A compelling subject 2. An engaging narrative 3. Accuracy Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs has all three. Steve Jobs was a fascinating person whose powerful personality and extraordinary life make for a very compelling read. He revolutionized many different technological and entertainment industries by successfully blending technology and the liberal arts, giving consumers products they didn't even know they wanted. He was able to defy reality by simply refusing to accept it (a phenomenon referred to as his "reality distortion field"), enabling him to do the impossible. On a personal level, Jobs was a very sensitive and emotional man, yet he was unable to empathize with the feelings of others, which, along with his "reality distortion field," led to him act in unsavory ways towards people in both his personal and professional life. After reading this book it was easy to understand why Jobs is such a polarizing figure. But whether you love or hate him, it's impossible to deny that he had a major impact on the world, or that he was an interesting person. Isaacson's narrative style is engaging. Rather than listing a bunch of facts and quotes, which would make for a very dull read, he uses them to construct a story about Jobs' life. The book is also structured in a logical fashion. Although largely chronological, the chapters do center around certain themes. Isaacson also avoids getting bogged down by technological details, which can be a temptation in a book that features a computer company. Even when the technological aspects of a product are necessary to illustrate a point, they are explained simply so that even a reader who is not tech savvy can understand. In terms of accuracy, I can only judge based on what I know from other sources as well as my impression after reading the biography. I do not have the resources or connections to go through every assertion made and verify them. I can, however, assess whether or not Isaacson appeared to be presenting an overly positive or negative picture. I believe that Isaacson presents a realistic picture of Jobs that includes both the positive and negative sides to his personality. Jobs comes across as a real person with a lot of flaws and perhaps a mental illness, but who has also accomplished some amazing things. I did not get the feeling that Isaacson was trying to whitewash or defame him. This is not to say that Isaacson is unbiased, but I have yet to find a biographer who isn't. A biographer must be passionate about his or her subject in order to devote the time needed to write a thorough biography, and with passion comes bias, whether positive or negative. Isaacson was positively biased towards Jobs, however, this did not prevent him from exposing the darker side of Jobs' personality. He also contradicts Jobs' own statements with both facts and other people's accounts. I appreciated that he included both sides of a story. However, he does tend to justify Jobs' obnoxious behavior and negative personality traits by reminding the reader that these behaviors and traits also led him to do great things, and achieve the impossible. It often seems as though Isaacson is implying that the ends justify the means, although the reader is able to form his or her own opinion. If you can ignore Isaacson's apologetic tone, which is present throughout, the biography does present a balanced picture of Jobs. Overall, I really enjoyed this biography. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Steve Jobs, Apple, or is interested in particularly influential people. Although Pixar plays a much smaller role, there are also some interesting stories about how Pixar came to be what it is today. I would not recommend this biography to Apple haters or Steve Jobs haters due to Isaacson's apologetic presentation of Jobs' negative traits, nor would I recommend it to fans who would rather remember an idealized version of Jobs. Also, I'd caution readers to remember that this is a biography about Steve Jobs, not about the history of Apple. While Apple is featured in this biography quite a bit since it was a huge part of Jobs' life, more so than his other companies or even his family, there are pieces of Apple's story that are missing or glossed over, presumably because in the grand scheme of Jobs' life, they were not that important. If you are looking for a complete profile of Apple, this is not it, although it will give you some interesting insights into the company, and provide a detailed, though incomplete, history. Disclaimer: I think it's important to note my personal history with Apple. I have been drinking the Apple koolaid for about twenty years, which is most of my life. In high school, I used to get into debates with people over whether Macs or PCs were better, often being the only Mac defender in a group arguing for PCs. Like any Apple fanatic, I've regarded Steve Jobs with a sort of reverence usually reserved for rock stars and actors. I was, therefore, deeply interested in reading about his life. Take what you will from my review given my feelings towards Apple, and the man who made the company what it is today.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Petra X

    Update This is a very interesting view of Steve Jobs by the mother of his daughter, Lisa (although he denied he was her father, despite paternity tests) and his childhood sweetheart. She doesn't think the film goes far enough in depicting his character truthfully. I am sure that what she writes in her book The Bite in the Apple: A Memoir of My Life with Steve Jobs is absolutely true. Apple's lawyers would sue her out of all existence if there was even a word that they could latch onto. But still Update This is a very interesting view of Steve Jobs by the mother of his daughter, Lisa (although he denied he was her father, despite paternity tests) and his childhood sweetheart. She doesn't think the film goes far enough in depicting his character truthfully. I am sure that what she writes in her book The Bite in the Apple: A Memoir of My Life with Steve Jobs is absolutely true. Apple's lawyers would sue her out of all existence if there was even a word that they could latch onto. But still, her feelings and opinions are her own. ____________ This is a fantastically well-written and exhaustive biography of a brilliant, if flawed, man, with no holds barred. Jobs great achievement was to marry an uncompromisingly zen creativity to electronically-advanced products when all around built boxes. The art of form following function taken to its extreme, where even the innards are as beautiful as the case, has an authenticity that appeals to all (even those who won't pay for an Apple product). They say that when you are dying you regret not what you did but what you didn't do. Jobs scarcely regretted a thing, his ego was so vast he could hardly contemplate that he might actually have been wrong and since a young age, he only ever did what he wanted and could not be swayed or persuaded by anyone else to even do something as small as hold his acerbic tongue. I was once an electronics designer. I made quite a lot of money and essentially retired at 25. Sir Alan Sugar, the originator of The Apprentice and a friend and business acquaintance asked me to come to work for him as his personal assistant. I didn't, I decided to sail around the world instead. More fool me. The book made me wish, and not for the first time and not because I am now quite poor (all booksellers are, except the Amazon crew) that I hadn't left electronics, because my head is again full of ideas and that is where they will have to stay. So I have regrets even now. I took the road less travelled and it turned out to end up in a tropical mangrove swamp where I sit, pleasantly bogged down. Jobs took the highway, the one with a good surface and plenty of signs. He overtook everyone and reached his destination of unqualified success, excellence, money and credibility in a very short time, and the world would be a lot poorer without him. RIP Steve. You were a true artist and visionary. I haven't got a Mac myself. Because, as the advert said, I'm just not cool enough.... Edit May 2014. I went to dinner on a 93' yacht with a chef, hostess and a couple of crew and the captain gave me an iPad for a present. He said it was only a first gen. one and I was too cool not to have a Mac :-) This is true ;-). I did't see the captain for about three or four months. We were in the same marina bar. He asked me how I liked the ipad and I said great and went to get it out of my bag. It was gone. Someone had stolen it from my bag within the last ten minutes (I'd only been there that long). But who... in a crowd how can you tell? I have a really cheap under $100 Chinese tablet now. It does everything that the ipad did but it isn't thin and cool. But then neither am I. Finished March 1, 2012

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lynne Spreen

    When I was at the halfway point I became struck by what a jerk SJ was. Yes, he was brilliant and all that. But he seemed to view other humans as nothing more than ants in his ant farm, sub-biologicals that he could squish whenever he felt like it. And did. Some might say that his gifts to tech development, or the fact that he changed and invented whole industries, would compensate. Maybe the two things went together, cruelty and brilliance. But the lesson to be drawn here, future CEOs, isn't that When I was at the halfway point I became struck by what a jerk SJ was. Yes, he was brilliant and all that. But he seemed to view other humans as nothing more than ants in his ant farm, sub-biologicals that he could squish whenever he felt like it. And did. Some might say that his gifts to tech development, or the fact that he changed and invented whole industries, would compensate. Maybe the two things went together, cruelty and brilliance. But the lesson to be drawn here, future CEOs, isn't that his cruelty fed his brilliance. He was brilliant, and he was cruel, and they weren't linked. He was aware of the pain he was causing other people, yet like so many other overbearing, thoughtless and petulant overlords, Jobs was thin-skinned. Also, I don't believe that his often-cited sense of abandonment, from having been put up for adoption, justifies his behavior. He was, as the author put it, "bratty." Jobs would fiddle with design changes to the point of driving his team mad. A thousand different variations of white weren't satisfactory. He wanted a new color to be invented, regardless of the damage done to the rollout of the new object. As I said, I'm only halfway through the book. Hopefully there'll be some positive info about SJ that will balance out some of the negativity I've spelled out. I'll finish this review when I finish the book. Nov. 8, 2011: I finished the book. Here are the rest of my thoughts. Isaacson makes an interesting point when he says Jobs was a genius. He means genius not in terms of a high IQ, but in terms of an ability to see things in surges of intuition, inspiration, and creativity. (BTW here's an interesting rundown of the smartest people on the planet: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-sm...) Because of his genius, I agree that Jobs deserves to be included in the company of Edison, Franklin, et al. Steve Jobs pushed everybody until they wanted to kill him, but the pushing yielded amazing, brilliant new products. His unique brainpower allowed him to see how things might align, merge, and serve each other, and how utility might be blended with art. That vision led to creations of whole industries. His obsession with perfection and control led him to flirt with emulating the Big Brother that Apple was created to bring down. One of the fascinating threads of this book was the debate between proponents of closed and open systems. Was it better to manufacture a pristine, inflexible system or the messier free thinking open system? And what were the implications of that belief on Jobs' view of his customers and his worldview? Yet he defined petulance. His food had to be just so. He would send back a glass of orange juice three times until finally satisfied it was fresh. He was vindictive, cruel and even Machiavellian. He wasn't much of a family man, and he ignored his kids to a painful extent. Isaacson mused that Jobs' meanness wasn't a critical part of his success. He was totally aware of its effect on others, yet he indulged. In spite of my aversion to the man, I actually felt empowered as I came to the end of the book. Steve Jobs had lived by certain precepts, which in the current economy we could all benefit from: ---Know your value ---Have a skill you can sell. Be really, really good at something. ---Things can turn around if you persevere, but don't be afraid to walk away. Unbending to the end, even the prospect of death didn't soften him up much, but he brought me up short on the last page of the book, because I am obsessed with the same question: "I like to think that something survives after you die. It's strange to think that you accumulate all this experience, and maybe a little wisdom, and it just goes away. So I really want to believe that something survives, and that maybe your consciousness endures." I closed the book with a bit more compassion for this difficult man and went outside to pick cilantro for that night's dinner. Since we'd just had a serious storm, I declined to rinse it. I simply cleaned it, thinking, “Organic and pristine from the garden. Steve would’ve approved.”

  5. 5 out of 5

    karen

    so, we are having the event for this book at our store tonight. the number of people calling up to ask if steve jobs will also be present to sign is staggering. in other words, "i care enough about steve jobs to want to read a 600+ page book about him, but i am somehow unaware that he is deceased." is what i hope. the alternative is ghoulish and i do not want to entertain it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز یازدهم ماه سپتامبر سال 2016 میلادی عنوان: استیو جابز - زندگینامه استیو جابز موسس و مدیرعامل شرکت اپل؛ نویسنده: والتر ایساکسون؛ مترجم: مهدی پاکنهاد؛ تهران، ستایش، 1390، در 703 ص؛ شابک: 9786005184419؛ موضوع: سرگذشتنامه استیو جابز از 1955 تا 2011 م - قرن 21 م این دل میخواست کاش سرگذشتنامه ی ایشان را خود مینوشتم؛ اسطوره بودند، شاید آنگاه واژه هایم را میتوانستم با عطر گلهای سرخ نیز بیامیزم، و با آوای بلبل آجین میکردم، تا همیشه خوشبوی و شنیدنی باشند، ا Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز یازدهم ماه سپتامبر سال 2016 میلادی عنوان: استیو جابز - زندگینامه استیو جابز موسس و مدیرعامل شرکت اپل؛ نویسنده: والتر ایساکسون؛ مترجم: مهدی پاکنهاد؛ تهران، ستایش، 1390، در 703 ص؛ شابک: 9786005184419؛ موضوع: سرگذشتنامه استیو جابز از 1955 تا 2011 م - قرن 21 م این دل میخواست کاش سرگذشتنامه ی ایشان را خود مینوشتم؛ اسطوره بودند، شاید آنگاه واژه هایم را میتوانستم با عطر گلهای سرخ نیز بیامیزم، و با آوای بلبل آجین میکردم، تا همیشه خوشبوی و شنیدنی باشند، از نخستین سالهای 1980 میلادی با نمونه کارهای سخت افزار، و سیستم عامل ایشان برای نخستین کامپیوترهای شخصی، یا همان پرسنل کامپیوتر اپل مکینتاش، و نرم افزارهای طراحی شده ی ایشان آشنا بودم؛ از همان روز نخست آشنایی، نیز برایم آسمانی بودند، آسمانی آسمانی. همیشه در خیالم بالای ابرهای پنبه عسلی بنشسته اند، و مردمان را از آن بالا مینگرند. روانشان همیشه و هماره شادمان. ا. شربیانی

  7. 5 out of 5

    Riku Sayuj

    Never expected to find this much enjoyment reading a biography. Isaacson has truly done a wonderful job with this book. For those who are too busy to read the entire book, please try to grab a quick read of the last two chapters of the book at a book store or airport or someplace - These chapters are a concise summary of the entire book as well as the thesis Isaacson builds up to throughout the book. Besides, it will probably make you buy and read the whole thing anyway. To call this man a "Great Never expected to find this much enjoyment reading a biography. Isaacson has truly done a wonderful job with this book. For those who are too busy to read the entire book, please try to grab a quick read of the last two chapters of the book at a book store or airport or someplace - These chapters are a concise summary of the entire book as well as the thesis Isaacson builds up to throughout the book. Besides, it will probably make you buy and read the whole thing anyway. To call this man a "Great Marketer" is probably a great disservice to him and Steve would probably have had a fit about that. I used to think of him as an epitome of modern marketing as well, but he would probably classify marketing as 'evil' in his radar. He hated the idea of any company focusing on marketing and emphatically states that is the whole problem with most companies today. This is probably a difficult idea to get to grips with, but is essential too. I hope every Management Guru and CEO is studying this book and drawing the right lessons. We could truly be in a better world if they do. Just to clarify, I am not a fanboy of all apple products though I am sure the Mac is the best tech device till date but I do I fall on the android side of the fence. But, Jobs' philosophy on running companies and driving innovation is the best in the modern age and should be copied shamelessly, if not their product features (I am looking at you Samsung).

  8. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    Executive summary of Isaacson's "Steve Jobs": - Remove everything that is unnecessary. - Be ruthless about building an A team. - Make stuff you believe in. - Collaborate often through vigorous discussion. - Push yourself and others to do the impossible now. - Make great experiences by simplifying. - Own your work and protect it. - Live at intersection of intellect and intuition. But these are not spoilers. The drama of this biography is in the decisions Jobs made, the way he followed through on these ide Executive summary of Isaacson's "Steve Jobs": - Remove everything that is unnecessary. - Be ruthless about building an A team. - Make stuff you believe in. - Collaborate often through vigorous discussion. - Push yourself and others to do the impossible now. - Make great experiences by simplifying. - Own your work and protect it. - Live at intersection of intellect and intuition. But these are not spoilers. The drama of this biography is in the decisions Jobs made, the way he followed through on these ideals. Read the book. In the same way that you understand a proverb much more after you've had a life a experience that demonstrates it, these will mean much, much more when you see them in the context of Steve Jobs' life. Plus, you'll also discover Jobs' equally as compelling character traits: from his idealism to his irascibility.

  9. 4 out of 5

    3Jane Tessier-Ashpool

    My background is as a post-1979 punk rocker. So naturally I view all dope-gorging smelly long hair Dylan-worshiping hippies with a certain amount of suspicion and disdain. The author shows, on a page-by-page basis, what an insufferable asshole Steve Jobs was. I'm not exaggerating. But the book left me wondering: why? how did he become this way? The book is fairly well researched, but except for a precious few anecdotes about his youth, very little is said about his upbringing. I'd really like to k My background is as a post-1979 punk rocker. So naturally I view all dope-gorging smelly long hair Dylan-worshiping hippies with a certain amount of suspicion and disdain. The author shows, on a page-by-page basis, what an insufferable asshole Steve Jobs was. I'm not exaggerating. But the book left me wondering: why? how did he become this way? The book is fairly well researched, but except for a precious few anecdotes about his youth, very little is said about his upbringing. I'd really like to know more about his family dynamic. What was his parents' parenting style? The book says NOTHING about the adopted sister he grew up with. Anyone who has grown up with siblings can attest to the influence of siblings on their personality. To me the lack of insight into his teen and pre-teen life leaves a glaring hole in understanding the man. My opinion of Steve Jobs: The ends don't justify the means. I don't care how creative or driven you are; you're not allowed to be an asshole to your fellow human beings.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Otis Chandler

    This is an amazing inside view into the life of one of the great businessmen of our era. A must read. The thing that struck me most about Steve Jobs was that he was an incredible perfectionist. He was a craftsman, and wanted the computers he built to be beautiful and amazing and useful. He believed that computers were "at the intersection of technology and liberal arts" - a phrase he used a lot - because he realized computers weren't just for geeks. They are for everyone, and needed to be able t This is an amazing inside view into the life of one of the great businessmen of our era. A must read. The thing that struck me most about Steve Jobs was that he was an incredible perfectionist. He was a craftsman, and wanted the computers he built to be beautiful and amazing and useful. He believed that computers were "at the intersection of technology and liberal arts" - a phrase he used a lot - because he realized computers weren't just for geeks. They are for everyone, and needed to be able to be used by everyone. Steve put design at the top of product pyramid at Apple - above engineering. This means they spent a lot of time trying to fit the hardware into the beautifully designed cases the designers came up with, and the designers and engineers had to work together closely. This can backfire (eg Antennagate), but largely it worked really well. It produced amazing computers that were visually distinct from everything else in the market, and that "just work". If I learned anything from this book, it's that Apple believed that design is paramount, and spending extra time and engineering resources to make a beautiful design work is worth it. Apple's design philosophy is to "make it simple. Really simple". You still see this today - go to Apple.com - you will see ONE product. Now try Amazon. According to the book, Jobs learned this from Markkula, who taught him that "A great company must be able to impute its values from the first impression it makes". Steve's ethos was basically that if you are going to do something, do it right. The book is full of examples of Steve doing this. When the iMac first came out it looked like no other computer. It was interesting to hear how difficult it was for the engineers to accommodate a handle on the computer - but it ended up being a defining feature of the computer. I also loved the story of how Steve was obsessed with quality glass, and ordered the highest end stuff he could find for his Apple Stores. Steve's management tactics got a lot of scrutiny in the book - and many other reviewers use words like "jerk" to describe him. It sounds like Steve could definitely be a jerk to work for. His management style was to push people as hard as he could, and to let people know when they didn't perform. When pushed like that, a person can have one of two reactions: they either resent it, and end up quitting or getting fired (B-players) - or they accept the challenge to do better, and come back the next week with something even better. Win-win for Steve - he filters out the b-players and gets his a-players to produce the best work they can. But, as was pointed out in the book, if Steve was nothing but a jerk, he wouldn't have built a company full of loyal employees - Apple has one of the lowest turnover rates in the valley. Jobs only hired people who "had a passion for the product". I also liked how he motivated by looking at the bigger picture; such as the story of how he convinced his engineer that saving 10 seconds off the boot time was worth it because across 5 million users that would save 100 lifetimes per year. The book was full of references to Steve's dynamic personality; his "reality distortion field" is a great descriptor. Steve believed he could do anything - and he was so persuasive that he could convince those around him that they could whatever it was too. I think this is one of the most defining qualities of an entrepreneur - believing something can be done against all odds. Not being afraid to tear down walls or think outside the box. I loved the description of Steve that "whatever he was touting was the best thing he ever produced." You see him do this in his keynote speeches too. He is always using words like "best", "amazing", etc to describe whatever he's launching. A big theme that the author made was that especially early on, Steve viewed Apple as "counter-culture" rebels. They were hippies who thought they could change the world. And they did - but not only that - I think they embedded their can-do attitude deep in Silicon Valley, which is probably highly correlated with why it is the center of the technology revolution today. This quote is classic: "The people who invited the twenty-first century were pot-smoking, sandal-wearing hippies from the West Coast like Steve, because they saw differently. The hierarchical systems of the East Coast, England, Germany, and Japan do not encourage this different thinking. The sixties produced an anarchic mind-set that is great for imagining a world not yet in existence." One of Steve's great abilities was to focus. When Jobs came back to Apple from his hiatus the biggest innovation he made was to focus the company onto just the few products that were working or had potential. "What are the five products you want to focus on? Get rid of the rest, because they’re dragging you down. They’re turning you into Microsoft. They’re causing you to turn out products that are adequate but not great." Steve's belief that computers need to be beautiful and easy to use basically prevented him from ever licensing his software, as then he wouldn't be able to control the user experience. Microsoft didn't have that problem, and that's why Windows dominated. I think it's also the reason that Windows is in trouble today. They have spent a decade making their code work across hundreds of different hardware configurations. Their code is now full of backwards compatibility support that just makes it messy, and bloated. Worse, their focus is on maintaining all that instead of innovating and improving it. The platform vs integrated approach is being tested again with the iphone vs android. It will be interesting to see if history replays itself, or if Apple's lead and ability to make a superior product because of their full stack control will prevail. In the end, this was the best quote of the book: Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    I downloaded the e-book on my iPad (quite fitting) Sun. night and stayed up until the very wee hours reading (on a work night, no less). Isaacson's writing style is very engaging and, at least so far, he seems to be embarking on a no holds barred, honest portrayal of this very admired, feared, respected, despised, controversial titan of industry. As a college senior in '85, watching the iconic "1984" commercial, reading all about SJ & Woz and how they wanted to "change the world", I made it I downloaded the e-book on my iPad (quite fitting) Sun. night and stayed up until the very wee hours reading (on a work night, no less). Isaacson's writing style is very engaging and, at least so far, he seems to be embarking on a no holds barred, honest portrayal of this very admired, feared, respected, despised, controversial titan of industry. As a college senior in '85, watching the iconic "1984" commercial, reading all about SJ & Woz and how they wanted to "change the world", I made it my mission to work at this amazing company. Apple hired me right after graduation and I spent the next 5+ years working with some of the most creative, bright, talented people ever. I was able to attend a few of SJ's employee meetings & product intros before he was unceremoniously "ousted" in that summer of '85, and It was amazing the power he had when he spoke in front of an audience. He's still the best, most evangelical, amazing speaker/presenter/showman I've ever seen. A master, bar none! Can't wait to finish the book and learn more about what drove this amazing man to do all that he did.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    I had to be convinced by a GR friend to read this book, similarly to how Isaacson had to be convinced to write it. Back in 2004, Steve Jobs approached Isaacson and asked if he was interested in writing Jobs' biography. Isaacson declined several times, thinking that it was too soon to write one and that it would be better to wait a few decades. It wasn't until 2009 when Jobs' wife bluntly told him that Jobs was seriously ill from cancer and that there was little time to lose. Isaacson said he hadn I had to be convinced by a GR friend to read this book, similarly to how Isaacson had to be convinced to write it. Back in 2004, Steve Jobs approached Isaacson and asked if he was interested in writing Jobs' biography. Isaacson declined several times, thinking that it was too soon to write one and that it would be better to wait a few decades. It wasn't until 2009 when Jobs' wife bluntly told him that Jobs was seriously ill from cancer and that there was little time to lose. Isaacson said he hadn't known Jobs was sick; she said few people knew and that Jobs had been trying to keep it a secret. Isaacson finally agreed to write the biography, and Jobs agreed that he wouldn't have any control over the book, which was rare, considering how controlling and demanding he had been over all the various projects at Apple. I had been reluctant to read this book for several reasons. First, because Jobs was a known jackass and I wasn't that interested in reading the various examples of his jackassery. Second, I am not a techie, and while I like and use Apple products every day, I was hesitant to spend my precious reading time on a tech book. Thirdly, this bio is more than 600 pages long! That seemed excessive. A solution was found in an audiobook (read by Dylan Baker), and I am glad I gave it a chance. I was won over early on in the book, when Isaacson included a quote from Jobs in the introduction: "'I always thought of myself as a humanities person as a kid, but I liked electronics,' he said. 'Then I read something that one of my heroes, Edwin Land of Polaroid, said about the importance of people who could stand at the intersection of humanities and sciences, and I decided that's what I wanted to do.' It was as if he were suggesting themes for his biography (and in this instance, at least, the theme turned out to be valid). The creativity that can occur when a feel for both the humanities and the sciences combine in one strong personality was the topic that most interested me in my biographies of Franklin and Einstein, and I believe that it will be a key to creating innovative economies in the twenty-first century." Now THAT is a theme I can get behind. I love the idea of combining artistry and technology, and it's true that Jobs and Apple excelled at creating innovative and beautiful products. Despite my hesitation, I ended up enjoying the stories of how Jobs got his start in computers, and how he met and started collaborating with Steve Wozniak, and the evolution of products at Apple over the decades. Growing up in the 80s, I frequently used those early Apple computers. My friends and I played games on them, and I wrote my school reports on them. Apple computers were just so cool. I liked learning the details of how Jobs helped design the products, including his emphasis that even the parts that are not seen should be beautiful and well-built. He had learned this at a young age from his father, who was a mechanic and a craftsman, and he taught Steve to make sure that the back of something was crafted just as well as the front, even if no one saw it. Jobs took the spirit of artistry very seriously, and always insisted that the designers at Apple were making art with their products. He even had his design team sign the inside of the computer frames, just as a painter would, even though no one but them knew it was there. Another part of the book that I found interesting was Jobs' history with Microsoft founder Bill Gates, with whom he had a fiercely competitive but (mostly) respectful relationship. The two men had very different ideas about system design, and computer techies will probably enjoy the debate of open vs. closed systems. A lot has been written about what a jerk Jobs could be, including telling people to their face that they sucked, that their designs sucked, and that they should be fired for their suckitude. It is also true that he was a dirty hippie, and in the early days of Apple, colleagues had to beg him to take a shower. (Jobs thought that because he was a vegetarian, he didn't need to bathe.) At certain points, I was infuriated with Jobs, both over his treatment of others and later, over his refusal to deal with his cancer diagnosis. When he first learned he was ill, he defied his doctor's advice and delayed having surgery to remove the tumors, giving them months to spread. While impossible to prove, it is likely he could have greatly extended his life had he not been so stubborn in avoiding modern medicine. In the end, I admit I was fascinated by Steve Jobs. He had a remarkable life and career, and while it is a cliche, his products helped change the world. I would highly recommend this biography. Update April 2016 Last night I watched the "Steve Jobs" movie that is based on this book (starring Michael Fassbender), and I have to give a shout-out to screenwriter Aaron Sorkin for creating such a compelling film out of this sprawling biography. I was happy I had read this book before watching the movie, because I understood more of the context of the arguments between Woz and Jobs, and Jobs and his ex-girlfriend, and Jobs and everyone else. I highly recommend the film.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Oops! The publishers forgot to include a subtitle, so I've taken the liberty of helping them come up with one. May I suggest: Steve Jobs: Unrelenting Narcissist, Suspected Sociopath and Giant Fucking Asshole Isaacson writes a great biography: He tells a coherent, cohesive story, he interviews all the players and most important he doesn't feel the need to hoist his subject on a pedestal with his pen. When it comes to carrying a story, our author did all the right things. His subject, however, left m Oops! The publishers forgot to include a subtitle, so I've taken the liberty of helping them come up with one. May I suggest: Steve Jobs: Unrelenting Narcissist, Suspected Sociopath and Giant Fucking Asshole Isaacson writes a great biography: He tells a coherent, cohesive story, he interviews all the players and most important he doesn't feel the need to hoist his subject on a pedestal with his pen. When it comes to carrying a story, our author did all the right things. His subject, however, left much to be desired. It's startling to see how someone can be so immensely successful in one aspect of his life and such a complete, utter failure in virtually every other. To illuminate just a few of the many failings of Steve Jobs, allow me to expound upon my proposed subtitle: Unrelenting Narcissist: It's true that if you're going to launch a business in a cutthroat industry and be willing to fight to the death to succeed, you gotta believe in yourself. Jobs, however, took a little positive self-esteem to a whole new level and chose to recreate truth to position himself in the best light. He steals the concept of the GUI from Xerox and it's collaborative sharing, but Microsoft does, well, anything and it's because they're thieves, and we have no respect for thieves. Good ideas? He took credit for them, even if he would veto them upon first review. The man truly believed he could do no wrong, and I can't help but think he probably, just before taking his last breath, was thinking, "Well there goes the future of Apple." Suspected Sociopath: To be clear, I'm using the term "sociopath" like I would if I were Wong's junior psychologist on SVU: that is, to define someone with an anti-social personality disorder. The man - Jobs, not Wong; Wong is amazing - fit the profile to a T: Despite having the ability to charm someone's head off when he needed to, Jobs had an absolute lack of genuine regard for almost everyone around him - his wife, his employees, his poor, cast-aside daughters (his son seemed to escape his scorn, which is a charmingly sexist detail), even his supporters (I can't bring myself to call them friends) who were there for him from the beginning. If a person could not - or could no longer - provide a benefit to Jobs, he would cast them aside...but not before cruelly shitting mounds of aggression and abuse all over their bare heads. See? Sociopath. Giant Fucking Asshole: There are seriously almost too many examples of this to count, but let me curate a sample for your consideration. 1). He screwed one of the founding members of Apple out of founders stock that would now be practically priceless. 2). He thinks he can explain away the abuse he doled out to employees by saying that was "just who I am." Seriously? Do you not think that the people around you want to rip your head off every single day? They do, I assure you. But you know what? They hold it in, because collaborative, encouraging environments are better for everyone (unless you're a narcissist and/or a sociopath, in which case, see above). 3). There's something atrocious about a multi-multi-multi-billionaire who can envision how personal computers/GUIs/the mouse/touchscreens/computer animation/digital music/tablets/etc. can change the world for rich consumers, but who can't see that a fraction of his wealth could have changed the world for people who don't have water. It's undeniable that Jobs was fantastically talented and will go down in the books as one of the great visionaries in history. I'm writing my review on my MacBook, and both my iPhone and my iPad (as well as a slew of iPods, Nanos and Shuffles) are nearby, so I guess the guy was doing something right. Still, I don't believe that being an asshole is the answer, and I don't believe it gets better results; it may not get worse results, but if today's Apple is what he created with vinegar, then I'd love to see what he could have done with honey.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Keeten

    I was a little surprised when Steve Jobs died that I actually had an emotional reaction of loss. He was always such a warrior for technological evolution, conceiving products that we didn't know we needed until we held them in our hands. I didn't know I needed an iPod, now I can't travel anywhere without slipping 13,000 songs into my pocket. I now have a playlist for any situation, a wedding, a long drive, robbing a bank, meditation etc. What was so unique about Jobs was that he was a creative p I was a little surprised when Steve Jobs died that I actually had an emotional reaction of loss. He was always such a warrior for technological evolution, conceiving products that we didn't know we needed until we held them in our hands. I didn't know I needed an iPod, now I can't travel anywhere without slipping 13,000 songs into my pocket. I now have a playlist for any situation, a wedding, a long drive, robbing a bank, meditation etc. What was so unique about Jobs was that he was a creative person who also had the power to bring a progressive product to life. Good ideas did not die in committee at Apple or Pixar. For some reason conservative leaning people elevate to the highest positions in business in this country. Apple also went through a period of time when Jobs was too radical for a board of directors who wanted to make Apple more like other companies. After reading this biography, I know now that Jobs deserved to be ousted, and what a great occurrence for the world because Pixar would have never been created. He benefited from his time away, learning lessons of consolidating power. When Apple floundered and Jobs was brought back he was much better equipped to lead a company I have always been mystified by the divisions in the country between Apple and Microsoft. I have owned a lot more Apple products than I have PC based products. So without even realizing I guess at some point I joined team Jobs. I used Apples and PCs without really thinking I was being disloyal to a brand, but I have been on the periphery of many heated arguments discussing the merits of PC versus the merits of Macs. I always felt that Jobs was the guy with the concepts and ideas and Gates was sitting around twiddling his thumbs waiting for Jobs to come up with the next "great thing" so he could clone it. There is more truth in that statement than fervent PC believers would like to admit. One of Jobs ex-girlfriends happened to read in a psychiatric manual about Narcissistic personality Disorder and decided that Jobs perfectly met the criteria. "It fit so well and explained so much of what we had struggled with, that I realized expecting him to be nicer or less self-centered was like expecting a blind man to see." Jobs was brutal to his employees, to his family, and to his business partners. One of his favorite lines when looking at a new concept was to say "this is shit". He was a ranter, skilled with skewering insults, contemptuously rude, and yet so sensitive to any slight. When faced with a fond memory or a beautiful concept that he loved he would burst into tears. To say the least, being in the Steve Jobs orbit would have been not only stressful, but confusing. The people that did the best with him were the people that pushed through the "distortion field" that Jobs was nestled in his whole life. For all his failings as a human being and as a boss he was also a talented communicator inspiring people way beyond what they thought they were capable of accomplishing. He firmly believed that nothing was worth doing unless it was going to change the world and that belief was infectious to those that worked with him. When Steve Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer I can remember thinking to myself that no one had ever beaten that form of cancer, but I also thought to myself if anyone can it would be Steve Jobs. His money bought him time. They were able to map the gene of the cancer that was trying to kill him and better target chemo and drugs that would most effectively control the growth of the cancer. "One of his doctors told him that there was hope that his cancer, and others like it, would soon be considered a manageable chronic disease, which could be kept at bay until the patient died of something else." As Jobs said, "I'm either going to be one of the first to be able to outrun a cancer like this, or I'm going to be one of the last to die from it." As we know he lost his battle with cancer, but certainly the money he threw at the disease will end up benefiting all of us. Walter Isaacson is an excellent biographer, I enjoyed his Benjamin Franklin bio very much and intend to read the Einstein biography as well. Steve approached Isaacson to write his biography and Isaacson asked him if he wanted him to write it because he associated himself with Einstein and Franklin. Jobs didn't deny it. He was well aware of his place in history. I liked Steve Jobs more before reading this biography. I have a deeper understanding of how and why he was so successful. I can not emulate his management style nor would I ever want to. He was a destructive personality that inspired creativity. I feel we are diminished by his absence from the ranks and I can only hope there is a young person in a messy garage, tinkering with the concept that will be the next "thing" that will change our lives.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amir Tesla

    Well, The mighty Steve Jobs that we have so much to learn from. You can see the Full review here. The book Walter Isaacson the author is a well-know writer (Einstein, Franklin are his other biography books) has covered all the aspects of Job's life from his childhood, family, friends, to founding apple with Wozniak, each product design (Macintosh, iphone etc.) and venture (Next, Pixar) he conveyed. The book has benefited a lot from articulation of Walter Isaacson and the content are precise with ri Well, The mighty Steve Jobs that we have so much to learn from. You can see the Full review here. The book Walter Isaacson the author is a well-know writer (Einstein, Franklin are his other biography books) has covered all the aspects of Job's life from his childhood, family, friends, to founding apple with Wozniak, each product design (Macintosh, iphone etc.) and venture (Next, Pixar) he conveyed. The book has benefited a lot from articulation of Walter Isaacson and the content are precise with rich details as he has interviewed all the people he's named in the book as well as Steve Job. The best thing about reading biographies and the very reason why I love biographies is the lessons you can learn from the bests. Having a business guru like jobs as a mentor is a blessing not everyone can have and fortunately enough, biographies makes this dream come close to reality. So here are the best things I've learned about Jobs: Jobs Core Personality Traits and Management Ethics 1. Jobs was an abandoned child, and when he asked his mom and dad if his real parents didn't want him, they repeated slowly: "We specifically picked you out". So, abandoned, chosen, special, became part of what Jobs regarded himself of. 2. From early in childhood, his dad who was a skilled mechanic would take him to show him how repairing is done. He would point out to him the detailing of the designs, lines, vents etc. Jobs also watched his father a lot using his skills in negotiations when bargaining the parts he wanted to purchase. These experience with his father instilled within him persuasion skills and attention to details that came in handy later in his career. 3. Another impacting force on Jobs views was his childhood search of neighborhood exposing him to simple, smart, cheap houses that were build by Joseph Eichler. From these exposures and later his Zen practices, he developed an orientation towards simplicity that influenced later all his ideas and designs. 4. A core personality trait of Jobs which had a significant impact on all his achievements was him being relentless on getting what he needed or what he deemed to be right: That summer of 1972, after his graduation, he and Brennan moved to a cabin in the hills above Los Altos. “I’m going to go live in a cabin with Chrisann,” he announced to his parents one day. His father was furious. “No you’re not,” he said. “Over my dead body.” They had recently fought about marijuana, and once again the younger Jobs was willful. He just said good-bye and walked out. One day Jobs walked into the lobby of the video game manufacturer Atari and wanted to be hired there, and told the personnel director, who was startled by his unkempt hair and attire, that he wouldn’t leave until they gave him a job. :D 5. Perhaps the boldest of Jobs traits was his Reality Distortion Field which made him believe what seemed utterly impossible to others and he would always persist that something odd could be done and interestingly enough, he would be often right. 6. He would refuse to accept automatically received truths, and he wanted to examine everything himself. 7. Jobs had came to belief that he could impart his feeling of confidence to others and thus push them to do things they hadn't thought possible 8. A remarkable thing that helped Jobs what he eventually became was his engagement with many great people and mentors and getting into different businesses and careers. For instance: The Atari experience helped shape Jobs’s approach to business and design. He appreciated the user friendliness of Atari’s insert-quarter-avoid-Klingons games. “That simplicity rubbed off on him and made him a very focused product person,” said Ron Wayne. Jobs also absorbed some of Bushnell’s take-non-prisoners attitude. “Nolan wouldn’t take no for an answer,” according to Alcorn, “and this was Steve’s first impression of how things got done. Nolan was never abusive, like Steve sometimes is. But he had the same driven attitude. It made me cringe, but dammit, it got things done. In that way Nolan was a mentor for Jobs.” 9. Bushnell tought Jobs: I taught him that if you act like you can do something, then it will work. I told him, ‘Pretend to be completely in control and people will assume that you are. 10. Mark Markukula another mentor of Jobs taught him: You should never start a company with the goal of getting rich. Your goal should be making something you believe in and making a company that will last. And that is precisely what Job did with apple. He always thought product not profit. Markulla instilled in Jobs the apple philosophy which revolves around three core principles as follows: I. Empathy: an intimate connection with the feelings of customers and understanding their needs. II. Focus: To do what must be done, every other unimportant opportunities must me eliminated. III. Impute: People from an opinion about a company or product based on the signals that it onveys. "People DO judge a book by its cover." If you present your great product in a slipshod manner, it they will be perceived as slipshod. 11. From Alan Kay a Xerox mighty scientist Jobs embraced and applied two Maxims: I. The best way to predict the future is to invent it. II. People who are serious about software should make their own hardware. 12. A great thing I've noticed being the root of many extraordinary feats has been this: Because I didn't know how it couldn't be done, I was enabled to do it. 13. Jobs has been an all-time perfectionist and always complaint that young generation has no such quality ingrained in them. 14. Jobs would never compromise quality and perfection in favor of lowering the costs, nor would he care about how much longer the project would be delayed to meet his expectations. 15. Jobs would always argue that "By expecting people to do great things, you can get them to do great things." This actually has proven psychological roots. 16. From Bill Atkinson: "Great art stretches the taste, it doesn't follow the tastes." 17. "No, because customers don't know what they want until we've shown them", this is what Jobs kept replying whoever suggested doing some market research. 18. The journey is the reward. Jobs favorite maxim which too has proven neuropsychological roots. As soon as you reach your goal, the joy vanishes. (Look up dopamine working mechanism and its effects if interested). 19. Another Job's favorite maxim was: "It's better to be a pirate than to join te navy." He wanted to instill a rebel spirit in his team to have them behave like swashbucklers who were proud of their work but willing to commandeer from others. 20. Sculley former PEPSI, the first apple CEO had a weakness to manage a dysfunctional company was his desire to please other people, one of many traits that he did not share with Jobs: We would go to the Mac building at eleven at night,” Sculley recalled, “and they would bring Jobs code to show. In some cases he wouldn’t even look at it. He would just take it and throw it back at them. I’d say, ‘How can you turn it down?’ And he would say, ‘I know they can do better.’” 21. Microsoft followed a different philosophy, their initial products were often clumsy, but they were extremely persistent, so they kept improving and improving their works. 22. Jobs had a profound emphasis on recruiting only and only A players: Jobs had latched onto what he believed was a key management lesson from his Macintosh experience: You have to be ruthless if you want to build a team of A players. “It’s too easy, as a team grows, to put up with a few B players, and they then attract a few more B players, and soon you will even have some C players,” he recalled. “The Macintosh experience taught me that A players like to work only with other A players, which means you can’t indulge B players.” 23. As I traversed through the book, I noticed several things contributing to Jobs ability to come up with ideas: I. He always have been on the edge of the technology and art, aware what's the latest achievements of scientific and artistic communities. II. He actively would canvass academics to inquire them on their needs and shortcoming to see if he could come up with a solution. III. Part of his routines what holding occasional retreats with top 100 managers to a resort and keep brainstorming ideas and selecting top 3 out of n+1 proposed ones. 24. What prepared Jobs for great success was getting fired from apple in act I, starting the "Next" venture and indulging and failing in any type of projects he desire. In short, his failures made him the "Steve" we know on act III (which is returning to apple). 25. This one is a bit dark: When he wanted to acquire something that others wouldn't let go of (like his daughter Lisa from his ex-wife) he would spark off a destructive route of ignorance. In case of his daughter, he undermined his ex's effectiveness and her well being to get Lisa to move into his house. 26. A lesson Jobs learned from his Buddhist days was that material possessions often cluttered life than enriched it. 27. One thing the Jobs believed lead to the down fall of apple after he left the company with Sculley was that "Sculley destroyed apple by bringing in corrupt people and corrupt values," "They cared about making money for themselves mainly, and also for apple, rather than making great products. 28. If Jobs new for sure a course of action was right, he was unstoppable. But if he had doubts, he sometimes withdrew, preferring not to thinking about things that did not perfectly suit him. 29. Job's ambition was to build a company that would endure, and he asked Markulla what the formula for that would be. Markulla replied that lasting companies know ho to reinvent themselves. 30. A beautiful phrase I read was Job saying: We at apple have forgotten who we were. One way to remember who you are is to remember who your heroes are. For full the review, you can visit http://livelikepros.com/steve-jobs/

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    I'm still not entirely sure what to think. I keep flipflopping between annoyed/disgusted and inspired. I applaud Isaacson for putting a masterful bio together without succumbing to the Reality Distortion Field and vomiting out a piece of Jobs-worship like some Apple/Steve-related books out there. I also really appreciate all these little anecdotes, some that I have seen before and others that are new and all the more enjoyable, that people that knew and interacted with Steve shared in one way or I'm still not entirely sure what to think. I keep flipflopping between annoyed/disgusted and inspired. I applaud Isaacson for putting a masterful bio together without succumbing to the Reality Distortion Field and vomiting out a piece of Jobs-worship like some Apple/Steve-related books out there. I also really appreciate all these little anecdotes, some that I have seen before and others that are new and all the more enjoyable, that people that knew and interacted with Steve shared in one way or another. On the other hand, I like my personal heroes to have a smidgen of friendly and positive virtues like courtesy and generosity. This book blows away many times over any idea I had that Steve might have been a nice guy at heart with occasional and sometimes very public extremism. The stories related to his daughters and many other women in his personal life nauseated me. I'm frustrated that what I already knew to be his horrifying but effective work attitude also crossed over to his personal life. I appreciate his work and his efforts and he is singlehandedly responsible for me being what I am today, but I despise myself at the moment for having thought this dickless asshole as an awesome role model when I was younger. I wasn't expecting perfection in this regard since we are all human after all, but it was eye opening to see the whole picture in a single book. But that is what I signed up for when I decided to read a no holds barred official bio of Steve, I suppose. Good and bad and worse, all packaged together in a book that is no less beautiful than the products Apple puts out. Tomorrow, I will probably feel bad about this review and feel more inspired by the positive aspects of this bio to push myself harder to work better and to do what is right, like Steve would have done. Then the next day I will be frustrated that he didn't have surgery sooner and think about the what ifs. Rinse, repeat. edit: Tomorrow is today... and Mona's eulogy for her brother is in the NYT (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/30/opi...). I think that wonderful eulogy brought more tears to my eyes than this bio or even his death did. Short, simple but beautiful, and more importantly, shows me another side of Steve that is more like the person I thought he was before I read the bio. The side that cared about his family but was hindered by the cancer, spreading and getting worse. Thanks for restoring my faith, Mona.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nawal Al-Qussyer

    قرأته قبل شهرين، ولعلي أتذكر انطباعي التام عنه وأنا أكتب المراجعة متأخرة هذا الكتاب هو كما يبدو، سيرة ذاتية للراحل ستيف جوبز الغني عن التعريف، طلب ستيف من والتر أن يكتب سيرته الذاتية، وكان صريحا فيها تماما وكان يقول له أكتب ماتريده وماقلته ولن أقوم بقراءة السيرة أصلا. ذهلت كثيرا عند قراءتي لسيرته.لأسباب عديدة كان كتاب طويلاومليء بالمواقف المهمة والأخرى الغير مهمة، والأخرى التي تفضح لك شخصية ستيف بدون أي محسنات ذهللت كثيرا من الصراحة التامة ، وظهور ستيف جوبز كما هو، بدون تلميع للصورة وبدون أي تبجيل قرأته قبل شهرين، ولعلي أتذكر انطباعي التام عنه وأنا أكتب المراجعة متأخرة هذا الكتاب هو كما يبدو، سيرة ذاتية للراحل ستيف جوبز الغني عن التعريف، طلب ستيف من والتر أن يكتب سيرته الذاتية، وكان صريحا فيها تماما وكان يقول له أكتب ماتريده وماقلته ولن أقوم بقراءة السيرة أصلا. ذهلت كثيرا عند قراءتي لسيرته.لأسباب عديدة كان كتاب طويلاومليء بالمواقف المهمة والأخرى الغير مهمة، والأخرى التي تفضح لك شخصية ستيف بدون أي محسنات ذهللت كثيرا من الصراحة التامة ، وظهور ستيف جوبز كما هو، بدون تلميع للصورة وبدون أي تبجيل لشخصه، بل على العكس تماما. في بعض المقاطع تجد صراحة كيف يتحدث الاخرون عن رائحته الغير جيدة، وإجبارهم له للاستحمام. وهذه نقطة أكبرتها في الكتاب - طبعا من بيئة مثل بيئتا تبجل الأشخاص ماذا تتوقع مني إلا أن أكبرها؟- الصراحة في هذه السيرة مذهلة، وهذا شيء يحسب لستيف و والتر و أصدقاء ستيفز مضيت وقت جيد في قراءة التاب، وكان وقت طويلا لأني أصبت ببعض الملل. بكيت كثيرا في الكتاب - في طفولته بالطبع - ودهشت من القدر فالدنيا رغم اتساعها الا انها صغيرة حيث كان يأكل في مطعم والده البيولوجي بدون معرفة بعضهما البعض. ضضحكت كثيرا كثيرا، واستمتعت، أحيانا كانت شخصيته وصراحة باعثة للضحك. لكني رغم هذا لم أشعر بقطرة إلهام. وهذا ماجعل السيرة بالنسبة لي غير استثنائية على الإطلاق. والتر كاتب رائع، الجمل سلسلة وقابلة للفهم بكل سولة، لم أواجه أي صعوبة ولم أحتاج لدكشنري وأنا أقرأ. كانت سيرة متكاملة ومكتوبة جيدا، سيرة صريحة لرجل سيبقى في أذهاننا طويلا.

  18. 4 out of 5

    فهد الفهد

    ستيف جوبز شاهدت قبل أيام فيلم (Steve Jobs) لداني بويل، والذي لعب فيه مايكل فاسبندر دور جوبز، يعتمد الفيلم الرائع على السيرة الذاتية التي كتبها والتر ايزاكسون بطلب من جوبز نفسه، ولكن يركز الفيلم شخصية جوبز وصراعاته ويتجاهل بقية التفاصيل، فلذا من الأفضل قراءة الكتاب قبل مشاهدة الفيلم، وهو عكس ما فعلته، فقد شاهدت الفيلم مفترضاً معرفتي بتفاصيل حياة جوبز ومسيرته، وحالما فرغت قررت أنني احتاج بعض التوضيحات لهذا بدأت بقراءة الكتاب الذي كنت أؤجله منذ صدوره. ايزاكسون كاتب سيرة بارع، يقوم بواجبه التوثيقي ب ستيف جوبز شاهدت قبل أيام فيلم (Steve Jobs) لداني بويل، والذي لعب فيه مايكل فاسبندر دور جوبز، يعتمد الفيلم الرائع على السيرة الذاتية التي كتبها والتر ايزاكسون بطلب من جوبز نفسه، ولكن يركز الفيلم شخصية جوبز وصراعاته ويتجاهل بقية التفاصيل، فلذا من الأفضل قراءة الكتاب قبل مشاهدة الفيلم، وهو عكس ما فعلته، فقد شاهدت الفيلم مفترضاً معرفتي بتفاصيل حياة جوبز ومسيرته، وحالما فرغت قررت أنني احتاج بعض التوضيحات لهذا بدأت بقراءة الكتاب الذي كنت أؤجله منذ صدوره. ايزاكسون كاتب سيرة بارع، يقوم بواجبه التوثيقي بشكل ممتاز، يلتقي بالعشرات ممن عملوا مع جوبز، من محبيه وكارهيه على السواء، ثم يحول كل هذا الركام من المقابلات والوثائق واللقاءات المصورة وعروض أبل التي قدمها جوبز، بل حتى الاعلانات التلفزيونية إلى سيرة مشوقة لأحد ألمع رجال وادي السليكون، سيرة ابن مهاجر سوري تخلى عنه والداه، وعاش مطارداً بهذا الهاجس طيلة حياته، شاب ذكي خاض فترة من التصوف قادته إلى الهند وعقاقير الهلوسة، ثم عاد ليبني إمبراطورية من الحواسب والهواتف وأجهزة تشغيل الموسيقى، نعرف جوبز جيداً من خلال المنتجات التي قدمتها لنا الشركة التي أسسها، ولكن سنعرف كيف وصلت هذه الأجهزة وهذه التطبيقات إلى شكلها الحالي عندما نقرأ سيرة جوبز وأفكاره وشخصيته، سنفهم كيف تحولت أبل إلى عملاق في عالم الهواتف عندما نفهم السعي إلى الكمال والذي جعل جوبز يصر على أن تصنع أبل نفسها وتتحكم بكل دورة من المنتج من التخطيط له وحتى بيعه، هكذا صنعت وتصنع أبل العتاد المادي لأجهزتها، وأنظمة التشغيل والتطبيقات الأساسية ومتاجرها، يظهر هذا كله عقيدة جوبز في التحكم التام وإظهار المنتج بأفضل صورة ممكنة. ستحب جوبز وستكرهه وأنت تقرأ الكتاب، ستشعر بأنه عظيم وحقير في ذات الوقت، وحدها شخصية معقدة كل هذا التعقيد يمكن لها أن تضع أبل وعلامتها حيث هي اليوم.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elyse

    Update: I 'did' read this a ways back - my friend gave me her book when done--her husband is still living - a Survivor of pancreatic cancer! Doing well! At the time when I read this - I was actually wanting to read as much as I could about the his cancer -( because of my friend John). There wasn't enough to pull anything from---yet-I was fascinated with everything else. Nobody has made a bigger difference in the quality of people's lives, in my lifetime, than Steve Jobs. It bothered me though tha Update: I 'did' read this a ways back - my friend gave me her book when done--her husband is still living - a Survivor of pancreatic cancer! Doing well! At the time when I read this - I was actually wanting to read as much as I could about the his cancer -( because of my friend John). There wasn't enough to pull anything from---yet-I was fascinated with everything else. Nobody has made a bigger difference in the quality of people's lives, in my lifetime, than Steve Jobs. It bothered me though that the criticism about him was a little too repetitive for me-it kept being driven home. So... in updating this old review today, my reason in doing so, is that I just finished listening to another Steve Jobs book which I enjoyed -Becoming Steve Jobs". If there are still people who have not read any biography, or seen any movie, about Steve Jobs....I think you're missing out by not doing so. He was the visionary leader in our lifetime that made the biggest difference to the most amount of people. OLD NEWS: I'm not sure when I'll read this book ---(I've got others to read first)---but my friend has pancreatic cancer ---(the SAME TYPE as Steve Jobs). Enough inspiration to want me to read this book. John also lives in the same town as the Jobs family...(only a few miles away) --- John is another GREAT mind, ---a psychiatrist for 40 years ---(Harvard Educated) Married 40 years -- 2 adult daughters --- 2 twin grand sons. I'm sad Steve Jobs died...he was brilliant --(would have loved to see things he would have continued to create for another 40 years)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Zac

    In a way, I regard this book as a balanced biography. Even though Walter Isaacson is apparently unsatisfied with having gotten all of Steve Jobs's shaft into his mouth and spends a lot of time sucking on Jobs's balls, his recounting of Steve Jobs's behavior left me unavoidably with the impression that Steve Jobs was a world-class asshole. Jobs is presented as so much of a whining, pathetic bully that I find myself glad that he died of pancreatic cancer, and I also find myself regretting that he In a way, I regard this book as a balanced biography. Even though Walter Isaacson is apparently unsatisfied with having gotten all of Steve Jobs's shaft into his mouth and spends a lot of time sucking on Jobs's balls, his recounting of Steve Jobs's behavior left me unavoidably with the impression that Steve Jobs was a world-class asshole. Jobs is presented as so much of a whining, pathetic bully that I find myself glad that he died of pancreatic cancer, and I also find myself regretting that he did not die sooner. [paragraph listing instances of Jobs's assholish behavior] In Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, the sentence "Glanton spat." appears almost like a refrain in a song. Glanton does a lot of spitting. In Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs, the clause "Jobs cried" appears with the same frequency. Jobs does a lot of crying. Jobs would cry any time he didn't get his way. His tendency to cry makes me wish I--as technically inept as Jobs himself--could bully someone cleverer than I into building a time machine, so I could use it to go back in time and beat the crap out of Steve Jobs. He fucked over Woz. He continually told people that they were shit. He was duped by John Sculley. He held people in contempt when they didn't behave like assholes. He demanded that a machine in a factory be painted. It fucked up the machine. On The Subject of Jobs's 30th Birthday Party -------------------------------------------- "Many people had picked out special gifts for a person who was not easy to shop for. Debi Coleman, for example, found a first edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Last Tycoon'. But Jobs, in an act that was odd yet not out of character, left all of the gifts in a hotel room." page 189 For contrast, on my 30th birthday I bought myself a dog toy in the shape of a plush shotgun shell. It squeaked when you squeezed it. My sister's then-boyfriend did some repairs on my car, which was really nice of him. My point is that Steve Jobs is an inconsiderate asshole. It's kind of fun to read this book if you think of it as a drinking game where you drink every time Steve Jobs is an asshole. You'd be dead of alcohol poisoning by page 10 if you actually drank every time Isaacson reported an instance of Steve Jobs being an asshole. But it's kind of fun to be surprised on every page by a new way in which Jobs is an asshole. Jobs is an inexhaustible genius of finding ways to be an asshole. Look at this shit, from page 188: [...] Andy Cunningham, from Regis McKenna's firm, was in charge of hand-holding and logistics at the Carlyle. When Jobs arrived, he told her that his suite needed to be completely redone, even though it was 10 p.m. and the meetings were to begin the next day. The piano was not in the right place; the strawberries were the wrong type. But his biggest objection was that he didn't like the flowers. He wanted calla lilies. "We got into a big fight on what a calla lily is," Cunningham recalled. "I know what they are, because I had them at my wedding, but he insisted on having a different type of lily and said I was 'stupid' because I didn't know what a real calla lily was." So Cunningham went out and, this being New York, was able to find a place open at midnight where she could get the lilies he wanted. By the time they got the room rearranged, Jobs started objecting to what she was wearing. "That suit's disgusting," he told her. Cunningham knew that at times he just simmered with undirected anger, so she tried to calm him down. "Look, I know you're angry, and I know how you feel," she said." "You have no fucking idea how I feel," he shot back, "no fucking idea what it's like to be me." I'll tell you what it feels like to be Steve Jobs: it feels like you're a fucking asshole. [All of page 462 should be included here, to show what an asshole Jobs is, even after he has had cancer.] This book could also have been called The Crying Asshole. See for yourself: Page 197: "Then he began to cry." Steve Jobs, a cause of crying in others as well as himself: "After Jobs stalked out, Sculley turned away from the glass wall of his office, where others had been looking in on the meeting, and wept." (page 199) Page 202: "He went back to his office, gathered his longtime loyalists on the Macintosh staff, and started to cry." Page 206: 'It finally sank in. Jobs realized there was no appeal, no way to warp the reality. He broke down in tears and started making phone calls--to Bill Campbell, Jay Elliot, Mike Murray, and others. Murray's wife, Joyce., was on an overseas call when Jobs phoned, and the operator broke in saying it was an emergency. It better be important, she told the operator. "It is," she heard Jobs say. When her husband got on the phone, Jobs was crying. "It's over," he said. Then he hung up.' See? Crying and callously breaking into someone else's expensive overseas phone call because you couldn't hack it. Page 208: Years later Jobs's eyes welled with tears as he recounted the story [...] Page 442: They all hugged, and Jobs wept. ------------------------------------------- Part II of this Review Isaacson's biography is soft and untechnical, and that's a real shame because it's the anointed-by-Steve-Jobs-himself biography that, at least for the moment, is the Steve Jobs biography of record. Isaacson is not up to the task of explaining what Jobs did when he was at NeXT. That's a shame, because Jobs's work at NeXT forms the basis for everything that Apple is today. There are a couple of reasons an author might want to avoid trying to explain what Jobs did at NeXT. The main reason is that it's fucking complicated. The other reason is that it's boring for most people to read about. (Take it from me, a paid technical writer.) I suspect that Isaacson does not have the technical understanding necessary to explain why the NeXT years were important. It would have taken months and possibly as much as a couple of years for Isaacson to develop the understanding he would need to explain how NeXT was different, and what it made possible that wasn't possible before. Clearly Isaacson didn't find that appealing. Also, probably most of the reading public doesn't want to read a highly technical explanation of the innovations that went into the NeXT operating system. But that means that this book fails to describe the major achievement of Jobs's life. This is probably going to be the biography of record for Steve Jobs. I leave it as an exercise for the reader to determine how shitty this is. For comparison, Isaacson spends five pages (411-415) describing the contents of Jobs's playlist. Isaacson even talks about how he and Jobs sat around listening to the music on Jobs's iPad2, and reports things that Jobs says about the songs he's listening to. Except for when Jobs is yelling at people for stupid bullshit, he never seems more common in this biography than when he is saying dumb wistful stuff about Boomer music on his iPad2. Here's Jobs, bloviating about The Beatles while listening to the recording sessions for "Strawberry Fields Forever": It's a complex song, and it's fascinating to watch the creative process as they went back and forth and finally created it over a few months. Lennon was always my favorite Beatle. [He laughs as Lennon stops during the first take and makes the band go back and revise a chord.] Did you hear that little detour they took? It didn't work, so they went back and started from where they were. It's so raw in this version. It actually makes them sound like mere mortals. You could actually imagine other people doing this, up to this version. Maybe not writing and conceiving it, but certainly playing it. Yet they just didn't stop. They were such perfectionists they keep it going and going. This made a big impression on me when I was in my thirties. You could just tell how much they worked at this. They did a bundle of work between each of these recordings. They kept sending it back to make it closer to perfect. [As he listens to the third take, he points out how the instrumentation has gotten more complex.] The way we build stuff at Apple is often this way. Even the number of models we'd make of a new notebook or iPod. We would start off with a version and then begin refining and refining, doing detailed models of the design, or the buttons, or how a function operates. It's a lot of work, but in the end it just gets better, and soon it's like, "Wow, how did they do that?!? Where are the screws?" pp.418-419 So there's Steve Jobs, convincing himself that he invented iterative design because he heard the Beatles do something like it. It's kind of like how Eddie Van Halen says that he realized he could tap when he was at a Led Zeppelin concert and he saw Jimmy Page play the open G string and then hammer on the A on the second fret over and over again. Except in this case, it has nothing to do with guitar playing and everything to do with Steve Jobs convincing himself that he invented iterative design and then cramming his own cock into his throat. The only real consolation to be had in this story is that pancreatic cancer is eating him. ----------------------- Part III of this Review Isaacson has an easier time of explaining the end of Jobs's life, because he stays away from technical material and focuses on easy-to-understand numbers that tell easy-to-understand stories. Here's an example, from the part of the book describing when Jobs convinced Disney to buy Pixar: The deal the proposed was that Disney would purchase Pixar for $7.4 billion in stock. Jobs would thus become Disney's largest shareholder, with approximately 7% of the company's stock compared to 1.7% owned by Eisner and 1$ by Roy Disney. Disney Animation would be put under Pixar, with Lasseter and Catmull running the combined unit. Pixar would retain its independent identity, its studio and headquarters would remain in Emeryville, and it would even keep its own email addresses. (p.441) This story's pretty straightforward: Jobs is rich, and then he gets richer. That's a lot easier to understand than the technical innovations of NeXT. And it's in the book, unlike the technical part of the NeXT years. When discussing Apple's decision to dump the PowerPC and move to Intel microprocessors, Issacson gets about as technical as he ever gets: Bill Gates was amazed. Designing crazy-colored cases did not impress him, but a secret program to switch the CPU in a computer, completed seamlessly and on time, was a feat he truly admired. "If you'd said 'Okay, we're going to change our microprocessor chip, and we're not going to lose a beat,' that sounds impossible," he told me years later, when I asked him about Jobs's accomplishments. "They basically did that." (p.448) I want to make sure to point out some examples of Isaacson sucking the cock of Steve Jobs, to bolster my claim that this is less a biography and more an advertisement for Steve Jobs. So here's a paragraph lifted verbatim from a part of the book where Isaacson is reporting on Steve Jobs's 2005 Stanford commencement speech: The artful minimalism of the speech gave it simplicity, purity, and charm. Search where you will, from anthologies to YouTube, and you won't find a better commencement address. Others may have been more important, such as George Marshall's at Harvard in 1947 announcing a plan to rebuild Europe, but none has had more grace. (page 457) Slurp, slurp, slurp. ---UPDATE 09 Feb 2014--- Virtuous men, busy in the affairs of life, and occupied continually in the saying of virtuous words and the doing of virtuous deeds, are apt to lose track of one lone expression of virtue, however excellent and meritorious, amid the endless succession of righteous and virtuous actions of which their admirable and praiseworthy lives consist. And so it is with unfeigned gratitude that I greet the comment of Hazem Bayado, who, upon seeing my excellent review of Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs, was moved to express this: How can one hate a review here!! While the reviewer mentioned some important points, in particular the NeXT years, or the absence of them actually, I found his continuous sexual analogies to be juvenile, distracting and generally degrading for the review. Ok so Steve Jobs was an asshole in your mind, but what do you call someone who is happy and satisfied about the fact that cancer is eating another human alive? Asshole is an understatement!!! Hazem Bayado's comment brought again to my attention the nearly-forgotten review of Steve Jobs that I composed last May, and thereby afforded me the opportunity to be pleased and delighted by my assessment of the character of Steve Jobs, and to marvel at how correct I was at so tender and green an age, when my judgment was much younger and less-tried than it is today. I should like to take this opportunity to dedicate myself anew to the proposition I articulated here eight months ago to the amusement and enlightenment of so many, that Steve Jobs is an asshole. Why, just the other day, Mark Ames reported that Steve Jobs was involved in a conspiracy to drive down the wages of developers in Silicon Valley: http://goo.gl/C9FBnp. Truly, this is a genius asshole, a Tupac of assholery, to continue from beyond the grave to give reporters material for new reports of assholery of kinds heretofore undared. What fool, having been presented with this information, would gainsay the proposition that Steve Jobs is an asshole? What depravity could give rise to such foolishness? I am sorry that Hazem Bayado found my "continuous sexual analogies to be juvenile, distracting, and generally degrading for the review", but I do wish him well. Is it too much to hope that Hazem Bayado will be able to suck greater command of the English language out of a dick? I do hope it isn't, because all people of parts, with their faculties keen to the happenings of the world, can not fail to mark, and can probably not refrain from remaking upon, just how very much he sucks dick. I hope that he manages to suck greater command of the English language out of one of the endless parade of dicks that marches down his throat, so that he may be less a target of sport for those of us with greater command of the tongue. In closing, I can see nothing to alter my earlier judgment, and it is with a great sense of pride that I sustain that earlier judgment and re-dedicate myself to the proposition that Steve Jobs is an asshole. Thank you, Hazem Bayado, for allowing me to spend time in the company of my former self, admiring his courage and revelling in the wisdom of his superior judgment. ------------------------ 23 Oct 2015 In writing Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson has created a long, posthumous public-relations-style press release for Steve Jobs. In doing this, he has done one of two things. (1) Isaacson has acquiesced to becoming a part of Jobs's strategy to draw attention away from substantive and historical questions that show Jobs in a negative light and worked to draw attention toward easily-understood narratives that show Jobs in a positive light and that are accessible to the average reader. (2) Isaacson has cluelessly been manipulated by Steve Jobs into becoming a part of the strategy to show Jobs in a positive light, giving attention to popular matters of little substance at the expense of substantive technical questions and historically important business dealings. Neither option increases Isaacson's credibility as a biographer. Episodes 42 and 43 of the podcast "Hypercritical" by John Siracusa and Dan Benjamin discuss the technical shallowness of Isaacson's biography of Jobs: http://5by5.tv/hypercritical/42 http://5by5.tv/hypercritical/43 Mark Ames has covered "Techtopus", a wage-fixing scam orchestrated by Google and Steve Jobs. Whatever Isaacson has written in his biography about Jobs's appreciation of The Beatles or his having dating Joni Mitchell or his white-boy, tourist love of India, whatever he has written is simply public relations, and will remain hopelessly so for as long as he adds no examination of Jobs's role in wage-fixing: https://pando.com/tag/techtopus/ Randall Strouss's Steve Jobs and The Next Big Thing remains the book of record for getting a foundation in the innovations of NeXT. The absence of substantive examination of NeXT in Isaacson's book combined with the attention given to Jobs's musical preferences demonstrates the unseriousness of Isaacson's biography. Here's Strouss's book, which as a kind of bonus has the best single-chapter introduction to the innovations of Xerox in the 1970s at the Palo Alto Research Center (Xerox PARC): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    Are you a fan of APPLE? Do you hate APPLE? Did you admire Steve Jobs? Did you hate Steve Jobs? No matter your answers, you *really* should read this book. There have been things about APPLE I always disliked. This book made me turn many of these things into things I no longer dislike, but also into things I now understand and yes, even admire. There was many many things I learned in here that I had no clue about. There is no way I think you can read this book and not just totally be in awe of Jo Are you a fan of APPLE? Do you hate APPLE? Did you admire Steve Jobs? Did you hate Steve Jobs? No matter your answers, you *really* should read this book. There have been things about APPLE I always disliked. This book made me turn many of these things into things I no longer dislike, but also into things I now understand and yes, even admire. There was many many things I learned in here that I had no clue about. There is no way I think you can read this book and not just totally be in awe of Jobs. Yes, he was a total asshole. It's also clear that he never made apologizes for this. He has some very obvious personal issues. Professional issues as well. What I never understood is what drove him. After reading this, I feel very sure that money was never a driving force in his life. Instead it was always his passions. His passions for PIXAR. His passion for APPLE. His passion to always be the best. Read this book. I am not sure that I've ever read a book that showed a man with such passions. No, this book is not always a nice pretty picture of Jobs. In fact, at times you will think he is complete shit. You will hate him for how he treats his employees. You will marvel at how he justifies his backhanded business ethics. You will stare open mouthed at his tantrums....but through it all, you can't help but to marvel at the man. At all he accomplished. At how he never gave up, no matter who told him it couldn't be done. You will marvel at how he pushes others into greatness. You will wish you could have experienced his "reality distortion field". I also learned so much about APPLE.....I learned and now understand their "closed system" I used to really hate this about APPLE...now I am excited about it....You will understand why they really DID change the world that you and I now know. How many things that Jobs pushed that you don't even realize...but things you would be hard pressed to do without. I wish I had read this book years ago. I wish I had been an APPLE fanatic years ago. I wish I had bothered to learn more about Jobs before his passing. I wish everyone knew just what he did for APPLE. The story about APPLE that I really never knew when he came back to it's helm. Again, no matter what your feelings about the man or the company, this is a book worth reading. If you walk away not learning anything new....well, I would surprised. If you walk away without being a little bit awestruck with the man...well, I would be surprised. Brilliant man.....there is no question....there will never be another like him.... and just one more thing..... you shall be missed......you left your mark on us all, Steve.....job well done.....RIP.....

  22. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    To date all my computer fanship has been geared towards Linus Torvalds and Linux, even though (for now) I limp along grumpily with Windows. Steve Jobs and Apple? Pah! I couldn't bear the snobbish one-upmanship rantings of Apple and it's aficionados. It was therefore with some hesitancy I approached Steve Jobs's biography. Someone I follow here at GR had recommended it, plus it had been sitting on a shelf in the library forever and I kept bumping into it. So, in spite of my reservations I took it To date all my computer fanship has been geared towards Linus Torvalds and Linux, even though (for now) I limp along grumpily with Windows. Steve Jobs and Apple? Pah! I couldn't bear the snobbish one-upmanship rantings of Apple and it's aficionados. It was therefore with some hesitancy I approached Steve Jobs's biography. Someone I follow here at GR had recommended it, plus it had been sitting on a shelf in the library forever and I kept bumping into it. So, in spite of my reservations I took it out....and it rewarded me by flying in the face my prejudice. I absolutely loved it ... Walter Isaacson is a superb writer, and in spite of the fact that Jobs was one of the most prickly and outspoken people on the planet - he has done a brilliant job in researching this abrasive genius. And it turns out, after all, that that Steve Jobs was a genius. He often talked to his staff insultingly, or treated them like idiots; he often stole their ideas, or gave them impossible deadlines - at one stage he even wanted them all to wear a uniform. But they kept coming back for more. He had such passion and drive, artistry and originality..... Nothing but perfection would do. Plus he was the ultimate iconic figure of cool. He inspired enormous loyalty in his workforce, and in all those who bought a piece of Apple magic. As Daniel Lyons of Newsweek Magazine said ""He has an uncanny ability to cook up gadgets that we didn't know we needed, but then suddenly can't live without". To read about the life, creativity and development of this man was fascinating. I'm still a Linux person. I ain't no Apple groover. But now I'm prepared to doff my hat to this extraordinary man and his mind-boggling achievements. For all his shortcomings he was a giant in our landscape. I also want to read more books by Walter Isaacson.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    I started this book with two questions: Was Steve Jobs an asshole? And if so... did he need to be to accomplish what he did? Having just finished it, I don't have a good answer to either question. In fact both seem foolishly simplistic given this rich, sweeping, detailed, and intimate depiction a truly remarkable man's life experience. What I learned about Steve Jobs is that he was very good at some things, and very bad at others. Among the things he was very good at, his true genius lay in his ab I started this book with two questions: Was Steve Jobs an asshole? And if so... did he need to be to accomplish what he did? Having just finished it, I don't have a good answer to either question. In fact both seem foolishly simplistic given this rich, sweeping, detailed, and intimate depiction a truly remarkable man's life experience. What I learned about Steve Jobs is that he was very good at some things, and very bad at others. Among the things he was very good at, his true genius lay in his ability to develop products people love at the intersection of engineering and humanities. Later in life he shifted more of his energies toward building a company that institutionalized this genius, though it will be a while before we learn whether he succeeded. What I learned about life - or about business, anyway - is that both our strengths and our weaknesses shape the things we create. What's remarkable about the life of Steve Jobs is how the psychoses and eccentricities of his personality, when channelled through his defining product genius, created the world's most valuable company. His is not the story of a man overcoming the limitations of his worldview; it's the story of a man who changed the world itself to accomodate it. You are not Steve Jobs, as Allen Kelly pointed out in his insightful blog post a few weeks back. But maybe there's a lesson for all of us in the story of a man who brought some beauty into the world not just because of the gifts that made him a genius, but because of the flaws and idiosyncrasies that made him a person.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tressa

    I knew that I would enjoy this book after reading the first few pages, but it far exceeded my expectations. I love learning the history behind products that I use or am familiar with, and Walter Isaacson's book lays out the history of every product Steve Job's is responsible for. Laurene Powell, Jobs' wife, told Isaacson that she didn't want her husband's life whitewashed, and he certainly didn't. Along with Steve the brilliant innovator who knew how to bring together an A-list team of loyal emp I knew that I would enjoy this book after reading the first few pages, but it far exceeded my expectations. I love learning the history behind products that I use or am familiar with, and Walter Isaacson's book lays out the history of every product Steve Job's is responsible for. Laurene Powell, Jobs' wife, told Isaacson that she didn't want her husband's life whitewashed, and he certainly didn't. Along with Steve the brilliant innovator who knew how to bring together an A-list team of loyal employees, we get Steve the rude man who will proclaim a product or food or wedding invitation as "shit" and then walk away with a clear conscience; Steve the man who has no qualms about crying in front of others if he doesn't get his way or is overburdened; Steve the selfish man who doesn't bother to remember birthdays or anniversaries; Steve the lousy father who denied fathering his first daughter for the first six years of her life, and who wasn't there much for his three children with Powell. I was surprised when I learned that Jobs was not only cooperating with Isaacson on this book, but sought him out. Steve explained that it was because he wanted his children to truly know their father, and I'm so glad that I got to know him, too.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    Isaacson's book reads just like a Time Magazine. I hate Time Magazine. He prefers telling to showing in his prose, reminds us of his theses whenever they apply, and conveys emotion via bludgeoning, shallow diction. It's that last point that most bothers me, since it leaked into his disappointing performance as an interviewer as well: for instance, he notes dozens of times that someone wept after some event but does not follow up with questions of "why? would you have reacted that way now? how do Isaacson's book reads just like a Time Magazine. I hate Time Magazine. He prefers telling to showing in his prose, reminds us of his theses whenever they apply, and conveys emotion via bludgeoning, shallow diction. It's that last point that most bothers me, since it leaked into his disappointing performance as an interviewer as well: for instance, he notes dozens of times that someone wept after some event but does not follow up with questions of "why? would you have reacted that way now? how do you think this affected others? how did that influence your decision-making? etc." When Isaacson turned—rarely—to analysis, interpretation, and abstraction, he provided little additional depth. The author rarely examined his subject's assertions and ideologies critically. This book, then, is useful not so much as a biography but rather as simply a primary source of quotations and accounts. That's tragic because it's almost certainly the best one we're going to get, yet because of its focus on products over people, it's missing so, so much. Why did Jobs seem to prefer Reed to his daughters? How did Laurene put up with his behavior, and to what extent did she think it necessary to his accomplishments? Did Jobs feel that the ends justify the means with respect to his products, or did he simply fail to notice his often-nasty means? Did he believe that one must behave interpersonally with moral disregard to achieve as he did; if so, why? How would he explain Cook's success via absolutely orthogonal style? How did Laurene feel about his lingering feeling for Redse? What would his board say to the author's implied allegation that they are essentially his puppets? There is so much fascinating depth to Jobs's story that is simply not considered. It's this depth and understanding, I feel, that matters: after all, aren't all of us reading this biography because we wish we could replicate Jobs's achievements, yearn to walk a vicarious mile in his shoes, wonder just how much it cost him? Having finished the book, I'm left wondering whether I have trouble empathizing with Jobs because I simply can't understand his moral and rational framework—or because Isaacson's account is so frustratingly impersonal and shallow.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dean

    Wonderfully and grippingly written Biographie.... I consider it as a reading highlight for this year.... A truly heartfelt and with much empathy told and written dramatic story. The story about a man who changed the world!! And with much love to the detail written ... This here is a full blown up five stars book!!! A genuine must-read and not only for Apple fans... Readable like a thriller with lots of pictures and thoroughly researched!!!! Walter Isaacson has managed to carve, to chisel and to give a h Wonderfully and grippingly written Biographie.... I consider it as a reading highlight for this year.... A truly heartfelt and with much empathy told and written dramatic story. The story about a man who changed the world!! And with much love to the detail written ... This here is a full blown up five stars book!!! A genuine must-read and not only for Apple fans... Readable like a thriller with lots of pictures and thoroughly researched!!!! Walter Isaacson has managed to carve, to chisel and to give a human face, to unveil the mist and haze behind the legend who was Steve Jobs.... Steve Jobs life path is at the same time the history of the Personal Computer!! Nobody else incarnate so accurately the new digital age as Jobs did..... Beginning with the Apple II to the Mackintosh PC and later the iPhone and iPad, Walter Isaacson in his book raptures and kidnaped the reader trough this past decades,dealing even with Bill Gates, Microsoft and his rivalry to Apple showing us how Jobs and Gates interacted with each other!!! After reading Jobs Biographie you will see with other eyes the Apple products, because you will comprehend the philosophy behind it!!! Indeed Isaacson invigorates and gives life to the events in this past decades, so that the reader will experience the struggles and the birth of the Personal Computer era, the turbulences and awesome world changing inventions ... I'll give my full recommendation.... Dean;D

  27. 4 out of 5

    أشرف فقيه

    لم أشعر بالحزن حين مات ستيف جوبز، لكني استشعرت الفقد وفداحة الخسارة حين وصلت لنهاية هذه السيرة التي تستعرض حياة أحد أهم الشخصيات التي صنعت ملامح حياتنا المعاصرة. لقد كان جوبز شخصية فذة واستثنائية‘ في فهمه للحياة وفي فرضه لنمط من الإدارة والتصميم، في مجالات الحوسبة والاتصال والأفلام والموسيقى، تركت بصمة لا تمحى علينا جميعاً. تم تأليف هذه السيرة بتكليف من جوبز نفسه الذي عرف أن السرطان لن يمهله فأراد أن يترك لأبنائه.. وللعالم أيضاً وصفاً لحياته الحافلة القصيرة. أسلوب الكاتب رائع جداً وغير ممل بالرغم م لم أشعر بالحزن حين مات ستيف جوبز، لكني استشعرت الفقد وفداحة الخسارة حين وصلت لنهاية هذه السيرة التي تستعرض حياة أحد أهم الشخصيات التي صنعت ملامح حياتنا المعاصرة. لقد كان جوبز شخصية فذة واستثنائية‘ في فهمه للحياة وفي فرضه لنمط من الإدارة والتصميم، في مجالات الحوسبة والاتصال والأفلام والموسيقى، تركت بصمة لا تمحى علينا جميعاً. تم تأليف هذه السيرة بتكليف من جوبز نفسه الذي عرف أن السرطان لن يمهله فأراد أن يترك لأبنائه.. وللعالم أيضاً وصفاً لحياته الحافلة القصيرة. أسلوب الكاتب رائع جداً وغير ممل بالرغم من كثافة المادة. تاريخ ممتع ومتشابك ومفيد. كانت تجربة ممتعة تماماً

  28. 5 out of 5

    Наталия Янева

    Животът, казва Киркегор, може да бъде разбран само като се обърнеш назад, но се живее напред. Стив Джобс успява да живее своя дори още по-напред спрямо времето, в което се намира, и придърпва след себе си цял един свят – този на информационните технологии. Никой не може да вини Джобс в безразборна филантропия. В никаква филантропия всъщност. Нито пък в безпричинна щедрост. Като се замисля, от прочетеното разбирам, че и в основателна щедрост не залита. За Джобс хората са пионки. Те му помагат да п Животът, казва Киркегор, може да бъде разбран само като се обърнеш назад, но се живее напред. Стив Джобс успява да живее своя дори още по-напред спрямо времето, в което се намира, и придърпва след себе си цял един свят – този на информационните технологии. Никой не може да вини Джобс в безразборна филантропия. В никаква филантропия всъщност. Нито пък в безпричинна щедрост. Като се замисля, от прочетеното разбирам, че и в основателна щедрост не залита. За Джобс хората са пионки. Те му помагат да постигне целите си, когато не може сам, умее да ги ласкае при нужда или да ги смачква с изблик от гневни думи. Защо пиша тези неща, когато се очаква да възхвалявам основателя на Apple и Next, благодетеля на Pixar и катализатора, който стои зад iPhone, iPad, iPod, i-you name it? Защото винаги ми е било интересно какво прави хората такива, каквито са. Какво ги прави велики и какво ги прави нищожества. Кои са малките парни машинарийки, които задвижват мозъци като този на Стив Джобс? Дали той и останалите като него са зевове в тъканта на времето, черни дупки, които поглъщат невнимателните тела в обхвата си, или избухнали свръхнови? Или пък просто появата им има нещо общо с това, че са били родени в страната на неограничените възможности, та са успели на практика да приложат визионерските си идеи? Стив Джобс няма особени умения. Малко техничар е, има и естетически усет. Имал е късмета да се появи на света в момент, в който колбите на техническите иновации щастливо къкрят, и да е ненаситно любопитен. Твърди, че едно от най-важните неща, които е правил като млад, е, че е взимал ЛСД. Пътувал е до Индия, търсил е себе си, експериментирал е и се е отдавал на всичките си деструктивни и съзидателни пориви. Накратко, живял е и наистина е успял да се възползва от опита си. Всъщност това, което Джобс умее най-добре, е да казва на хората какво да правят. Една от любимите му реплики е „Представям си го така, вие трябва да го направите“ (свободна интерпретация). Не мисля, че е бил свръхсетивен и наблюдавайки света, е предугаждал какво ще поискат хората след десетилетие. Смятам, че по-скоро е пребивавал в някаква джобсоцентрична вселена, изграждал си е собствени непоклатими представи какво би трябвало да искат хората (освен ако не са пълни дебили) и е действал спрямо тях. Някои от дизайнерските му (и не само) решения са били доста съмнителни и не са пожънали особен успех. В крайна сметка обаче светът се предал и се съгласил с Джобс, че идеите му са доста готини и Apple станали институция. Е, продуктите им си остават елитарни и не за всеки, но пък до един се подчиняват на максимата, че страхотният продукт върви със зверска реклама и ако не всички го имат, то поне са го чували. Вие гледали ли сте филм, в който хората да ползват лаптоп и той да не е MacBook (знам, че сте, но разбирате какво имам предвид)? Доста от подчинените на Джобс признават, че е тиранин, но и че с това успява да ги мотивира да постигнат неща, които самите те не са знаели, че могат. Малко мазохистично наистина, но пък щом действа… Каже ли ти Стив Джобс, че иска да цвят, който не съществува, че трябва всички компоненти да са идеални, нищо, че никой никога няма да ги види и че софтуерът ще върви само с хардуера и това е, ако ще светът да се сгромоляса, ами… правиш го. Изкривената реалност на Стив, няма къде да мърдаш. Може би най-ценното у Стив Джобс е, че успява да бъде спойката на всички гениални хора, които среща по пътя си, и да изстиска всяка капчица талант от тях. Да направи така, че цялото да стане повече от сбора на частите си. Това, което не разбрах от майсторски написаната биография на Уолтър Айзъксън, е дали Джобс е бил щастлив. Да, бил е безбожно харизматичен, извратено амбициозен, постигнал е неща, за които на други биха им трябвали няколко живота, имал е и немалко семейство. Понякога е поглеждал назад с лека меланхолия и с доза горчивина. Гордеел се е със себе си, това е сигурно. При всички случаи е живял много по-пълноценно от повечето хора. Стив, където и да си сега, не трябва да забравяш – ‘Park different’.

  29. 4 out of 5

    William

    I am a little surprised this book ended up being such a disappointment. Walter Isaacson just doesn't know that much about the tech industry and, despite the opportunity and access, didn't learn enough to make it interesting. The one saving grace was the participation of Steve Jobs, his friends, and family, and this alone rescues the book from a lower rating. Granted, this biography is meant for a mass audience, not someone who is a regular listener of Apple podcasts (yes, like me). The early cha I am a little surprised this book ended up being such a disappointment. Walter Isaacson just doesn't know that much about the tech industry and, despite the opportunity and access, didn't learn enough to make it interesting. The one saving grace was the participation of Steve Jobs, his friends, and family, and this alone rescues the book from a lower rating. Granted, this biography is meant for a mass audience, not someone who is a regular listener of Apple podcasts (yes, like me). The early chapters are fine, though others have pointed out it's largely cribbed from previous books. I was the least familiar with this era, and especially unaware to the extent Jobs was... sorry, it's only way to put this: a fucking whiny little bitch. Every few pages he's crying to get what he wants. Seriously. It's the second half that was a bigger letdown, at least in regard to the inside story of Apple's business decisions and where products are concerned. Sure, there's plenty here, but it's out of chronological order, difficult to follow, and there are big gaps. Isaacson is better at writing about Jobs the individual than he is about Jobs the businessman, and let's not forget that's why we know or care who Steve Jobs was. If you're looking for much more detail than the order in which Apple signed music companies to the iTunes Store, you may be similarly disappointed. If you don't know much more than the broad outlines of Steve Jobs' career, this may be a perfectly worthwhile read. That said, there's also plenty Isaacson gets wrong; I defer to John Siracusa on specific errors and omissions by Isaacson, and as of this writing he's only halfway there: http://5by5.tv/hypercritical/42

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette "Astute Crabbist"

    Walter Isaacson often uses the word "prickly" in reference to Steve Jobs's personality and management style. Remove the "ly" and you'll be closer to the truth. 'Nuff said.

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