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Steve Jobs is the authorized self-titled biography book of Steve Jobs. The book was written at the request of Jobs by Walter Isaacson, a former executive at CNN . Written by renowned author Walter Isaacson, the autobiography is based on more than forty interviews with Steve Jobs. It took nearly two years to conduct all . 'This is a riveting book, with as much to say about the transformation of modern life in the information age as about its supernaturally gifted and driven subject' -.

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Steve Jobs. Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.

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.

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 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. View all 21 comments. Oct 30, Jeffrey Keeten rated it it was amazing. 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.

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I didn't know I needed an iPod, now I can't travel anywhere without slipping 13, 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. 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.

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. 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. View all 10 comments. Aug 09, Matt rated it it was amazing Shelves: Isaacson has taken on the incredible task of documenting the life and times of Steve Jobs, a herculean venture if one did exist.

Speaking in the introduction about how Jobs sought him out to pen the biography and wished to have no input in its creation save for the hours of interviews he would give , Isaacson admits that the task was as unconventional as it was enthralling. Isaacson divides Jobs's life into three major themes throughout the book: Isaacson uses these themes to advance the book, but also details some of the most popular pieces of technology and cinematography attributed to Jobs to entertain and educate the reader alike.

Isaacson succeeds at his task of telling this powerful story, which, at times, the unfocussed reader may think is a biography about APPLE.

This only goes to show how Jobs had Apple woven into his moral fabric and took the company as seriously as anything he did in his life. Steve Jobs was a man of countless ideas as early as his teenage years, where he build small gadgets in his father's garage, always wanting to tinker and modify all that he found around him.

Jobs, who grew up with a great deal of curiosity, sought to bring these ideas to fruition. From his early years, where he could not stay out of trouble, through to his passion for all things electronic, Isaacson presents Jobs as being a man whose curiosities fuelled his ideas. Some of these ideas proved pardon the pun fruitless, especially his fruitetarian lifestyle, while others sought to expand what was happening at the time, such as the introduction of Atari gaming consoles in the early s.

Jobs thought up ideas around making computers less of a cumbersome leviathan and more a means of catering to the consumer, both in the workplace and at home. Working with partners to develop some of the early Apple products, clunky and highly obsolete nowadays, Jobs sought to dream up new and imaginative ideas, all to make the consumer's life more simple, even if it meant a larger financial investment at the time.

Jobs made strides to bring these ideas to life, no matter the effort required. When at the height of his career at Apple, Jobs was forced out by those who thought profit should supersede ideal development to appease the consumer, he did not despair.

Jobs chose to tap into more of his computer-centred ideas in cinematography, creating PIXAR and tried to move animation away from the literal drawing board and into the age of computer-generated drawing. These ideas helped to forge strong relationships with Disney, after some early disagreements, and exemplifying his imaginative success with a string of box-office hits. The coup that brought Jobs back into the Apple fold only fuelled his desire to be innovative and imagine the future one product at a time.

From his early talking Macintosh to his slew of futuristic products, Jobs took the future into his own hands and let his ideas guide him along the path to technological success, while making Apple a household name. Segueing from ideas to the innovative side of Jobs, applying his ideas brought about technological shifts never seen to that point and which proved to live outside the box. Isaacson makes this innovative side of Jobs a key theme throughout the book, as far back as his circuit board creation in the s, through to his launch of the Mac line of Apple products, many of which are found in households today.

Butting heads both with those within the Apple fold and its strongest competitors, Jobs sought to rise above all others and let the industry judge his successes. Throughout, Isaacson shows how the likes of Bill Gates and Michael Eisner flexed their business muscle, but Jobs continued to forge ahead, making the best of what he could, while also striving to outdo himself. Jobs never shied away from calling his competition 'stupid' or their duplicate products items that truly 'suck'.

Innovation and technology, which lacked in the dozen years was away from the company, returned in spades and left the competitors in the dust, at least according to market analyses.

The innovative side of Jobs, and, in turn, Apple, spurned others to try to keep up in a market where one wrong turn can cost millions while making items obsolete in the blink of an eye.

Isaacson throughly examines Jobs as innovator throughout the book and gives not only examples, but wonderfully narrated anecdotes to better understand the man behind the technology. These technological advancements have become so ingrained in the consumer's psyche that they need no definition or explanation in daily parlance. While stoking the fires of technological advances and doing battle with some of the top CEOs in the business world, Jobs could be known to show an emotional side to him that is sure to alarm the reader.

He makes to qualms about showing his emotions, going so far as to justify some of his off the wall behaviours as being precisely what the person on the receiving end needed to strive higher thereafter.

Throughout, Isaacson insists that Jobs's passion for his work led him never to settle for second-best. He would not accept a half-ass effort, nor would he allow others to dilute his ideas. In the latter part of the book, when health concerns began to plague Jobs, the emotional roller coaster continued to play a role, sometimes as unpredictably as the ideas he brought to the table at APPLE.

Not afraid to buck trends or offend others, Jobs used these emotions to his advantage. While portrayed as spoiled in his inability to let others imbue the conversation with ideas of their own, Jobs was quick to cut, only to take the ideas as his own in an emotional turnaround days later.

While emotion surely fuelled his inventive side and the ability to forge ahead, Isaacson does not skirt the issue that Jobs was ice cold when it suited him and impassioned when the need arose.

As I mentioned above, some readers may get lost in the narrative, which recounts the life of Steve Jobs, and get caught up in the detail-heavy sections discussing upcoming product launches and the gizmos he sought to bring to the consumer.

This attention to detail and smooth flowing narrative bring these items to life and help the reader to understand precisely what hurdles they overcame, even after product launch. Jobs was so wrapped up in the creation and development that Isaacson cannot pare the story away from iPods and iPhones to tell the Steve Jobs story.

They are simply too interconnected. Taking a step back and looking at Isaacson's work on the whole, it is apparent that he took a great deal of time to bring the best possible take on Steve Jobs.

His attention to detail and thorough interviews led to a wonderful biography that is sure to open the eyes to many with an interest in technology and those who want to know more about this mover and shaker. Leaving no stone unturned, Isaacson airs the dirty laundry Jobs' daughter at age 23 as well as his largest successes toppling the Microsoft-cornered market , giving the reader a thorough and all-encompassing view of the man and the legend. Perhaps one of the most informative biographies I have read in years, Isaacson hooked me in the early chapters and left me wanting to know more, with his silky narrative style and wonderful anecdotes.

Kudos, Mr. Isaacson for this wonderful view of a man who shaped the future, putting the consumer before profit-margins and ease of use before stardom. I am hooked and will have to look for some of your other work to sate my ever-growing thirst for knowledge. View all 8 comments. May 13, Amir Tesla rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

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. 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 was an abandoned child, and when he asked his mom and dad if his real parents didn't want him, they repeated slowly: So, abandoned, chosen, special, became part of what Jobs regarded himself of.

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. 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.

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 , after his graduation, he and Brennan moved to a cabin in the hills above Los Altos. His father was furious.


He just said good-bye and walked out. 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. He would refuse to accept automatically received truths, and he wanted to examine everything himself.

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: 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. Bushnell tought Jobs: I taught him that if you act like you can do something, then it will work. 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: To do what must be done, every other unimportant opportunities must me eliminated. People from an opinion about a company or product based on the signals that it onveys.

The best way to predict the future is to invent it. People who are serious about software should make their own hardware. 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. Jobs has been an all-time perfectionist and always complaint that young generation has no such quality ingrained in them.

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. Jobs would always argue that "By expecting people to do great things, you can get them to do great things. From Bill Atkinson: 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.

Another Job's favorite maxim was: 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: He would just take it and throw it back at them.

Microsoft followed a different philosophy, their initial products were often clumsy, but they were extremely persistent, so they kept improving and improving their works. 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. As I traversed through the book, I noticed several things contributing to Jobs ability to come up with ideas: He always have been on the edge of the technology and art, aware what's the latest achievements of scientific and artistic communities.

He actively would canvass academics to inquire them on their needs and shortcoming to see if he could come up with a solution. 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.

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.

A lesson Jobs learned from his Buddhist days was that material possessions often cluttered life than enriched it. 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.

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. 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.

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: Oct 07, Jane rated it really liked it.

I'm still not entirely sure what to think. 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 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. Tomorrow is today 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. View all 7 comments. Sep 14, Natalia Yaneva rated it really liked it Shelves: Steve Jobs managed to live even further ahead of his time and pulled a whole world along with him — that of information technology.

No one can accuse Jobs of indiscriminate philanthropy. In any kind of philanthropy in fact. Nor in unmotivated generosity. For Jobs, people were pawns. What makes them great and what makes them wretches. Is he and the others like him crevices in the fabric of time, black holes that swallow inadvertent bodies within their reach or burst supernovae?

Or does their appearance simply have something to do with being born in the country of unlimited possibilities where they had actually been able to apply their visionary ideas? Steve Jobs had no particular skills.

He was somewhat of a techie, he had aesthetic sense.

He was lucky enough to be born in the world at a time when the flasks of technical innovations were happily simmering and to be insatiably curious. He claimed that one of the most important things he did as a young man was that he had taken LSD. He traveled to India, searched for himself, experimented, and surrendered to all his destructive and creative impulses. In short, he lived and really did manage to take advantage of his experience.

In fact, what Jobs did best was to tell people what to do. Ultimately though, the world surrendered and agreed with Jobs that his ideas were pretty cool and Apple became an institution. Well, Apple products remain elitist and not for everyone, but they all follow the creed that a great product goes with bestial advertising and even if not everybody owns one, almost all most certainly have heard of it. A little on the masochistic side indeed, but if it worked Perhaps the most precious quality of Steve Jobs was that he managed to be the link between all the ingenious people he met on his way and that he squeezed every drop of talent from them.

That he made the whole greater than the sum of its parts. Yes, he was godlessly charismatic, perversely ambitious, he accomplished things that others would need a few lives for, had a big family. Sometimes he looked back with slight melancholy and a dose of bitterness. In any case, he lived a much fuller life than most people. View all 13 comments. Jan 17, Calista rated it really liked it Shelves: It's amazing how much you can learn about life when you look at life through someone else's eyes.

Steve Jobs is such a different person from me and he also accomplished so much in his life. I really didn't know much about Apple before this book. I am impressed with what I see and for someone not skilled with computers, I have found Apple much easier to use.

What I enjoyed about this It's amazing how much you can learn about life when you look at life through someone else's eyes. What I enjoyed about this book is that Walter interviews everyone in Job's life and he shares negative things people say as well as positive. I feel it is a balanced look into this man's life and we see that Steve Jobs was not perfect. One of the stories told in the book was at the beginning of the company Jobs was dirty and he would soak his feet in the toilet.

I mean, really. I nearly threw up. So gross. I guess he did live through that. I also appreciated reading about the relationship between Steve and Bill Gates. It started out as a heated rivalry and it seems they developed a respect for each other over their 30 years.

There were some great insights here. Steve helped start and get off the ground several companies. Apple of course, and Nexxt and what would become Pixar. He was also the CEO of that company. Being the CEO of 2 companies is crazy. Something else I didn't know was Apple almost went out of business. Steve was brought back in after being fired and he turned the company into one of the biggest companies on Earth. It really is an amazing story. Steve is a visionary, but he isn't a nice person.

He yelled all the time and was basically mean to people. The world is you know what you are doing, or you are a Bozo. That's about it. He was a Zen Buddhist.

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He also went to India on a spiritual yoga trip. His simplistic design came from that Zen Buddhist slant. He admits to not spending much time with family, or not as much as he should have and he admits to wanting to publish this book she his kids might understand why he wasn't there so much.

He did things with his kids, but not as much as they wanted maybe. He is quite a figure and I am impressed with the book and with Steve. I have a whole new perspective on the Apple company. I do notice that Apple hasn't released anything really big lately and I wonder if it's because Steve isn't there pushing. I bet they will soon though. Steve really did help create the modern technological world we are living in right now. One man can help shape the world it appears.

Obviously, he had lots and lots of help and great people working for him. He knew that and admitted that. Still, he had a vision to make things better and there are things he did make better.

View all 3 comments. Nov 03, Nawal Al-Qussyer rated it liked it Shelves: Nov 03, Elyse Walters rated it it was amazing. 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 fromyet-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: It bothered me though that the criticism about him was a little too repetitive for me-it kept being driven home. 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. Enough inspiration to want me to read this book. John also lives in the same town as the Jobs family I'm sad Steve Jobs died Nov 05, Nick marked it as to-read. Starting this soon. Mar 01, Pooja Singh rated it really liked it Shelves: Our job is to figure out what they're going to want before they do. I think Henry Ford once said, "If I'd asked customers what they wanted, they would have told me, 'A faster horse!

The Exclusive Biography is a definitive portrait of Steve Jobs, one who is considered to be one of the greatest innovators of the h "Some people say, "Give the customers what they want.

The Exclusive Biography is a definitive portrait of Steve Jobs, one who is considered to be one of the greatest innovators of the history. Isaacson portrays the various shades of Job in all its forms, black, white and grey. Having read a bit about the Apple's co-founder, I did know about how big a visionary and genius Steve Jobs was.

What I did not know that he was a jerk, a brat and treated people the way he wanted to all the time. There are no sugar-coated superficial facts to hide Job's personal and professional antiques. Jobs was a brilliant innovator no doubt, and we all know if it was not for him, the world wouldn't have seen such a visionary shift in technology, one that focuses on user experience and on closed systems that are self-sufficient.

But to justify his crudeness in the garb of him being exceptionally talented is something that doesn't sit well. Probably he wanted to assert the fact that excellence and rudeness aren't linked.

Even though I hated Job as a person, one can not help but be inspired and empowered by his ideas of perseverance and working towards something till you get the best version of it. Biography, nonfiction Rating: View all 6 comments. May 03, Zac rated it liked it. 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. 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. Glanton does a lot of spitting. 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.

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 When Jobs arrived, he told her that his suite needed to be completely redone, even though it was 10 p. 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. By the time they got the room rearranged, Jobs started objecting to what she was wearing. Cunningham knew that at times he just simmered with undirected anger, so she tried to calm him down. See for yourself: Page Jobs realized there was no appeal, no way to warp the reality.

Murray's wife, Joyce. It better be important, she told the operator. When her husband got on the phone, Jobs was crying. Then he hung up. Crying and callously breaking into someone else's expensive overseas phone call because you couldn't hack it. Years later Jobs's eyes welled with tears as he recounted the story [ They all hugged, and Jobs wept.

Isaacson is not up to the task of explaining what Jobs did when he was at NeXT. 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 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. 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.

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. 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? 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. Here's an example, from the part of the book describing when Jobs convinced Disney to buy Pixar: 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. 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. So here's a paragraph lifted verbatim from a part of the book where Isaacson is reporting on Steve Jobs's 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 announcing a plan to rebuild Europe, but none has had more grace. 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: 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. In doing this, he has done one of two things. 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: 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: 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.

Dec 06, Connie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Did you admire Steve Jobs? Did you hate Steve Jobs? 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 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 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". However, they thought it was "too cutesy" and as a result Isaacson persuaded the publisher to change the title to something "simpler and more elegant.

The title Steve Jobs was allegedly chosen to reflect Jobs's "minimalist" style and to emphasize the biography's authenticity, further differentiating it from unauthorized publications, such as iCon Steve Jobs: Steve Jobs is a drama film based on the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs , starring Michael Fassbender in the title role.

The film is directed by Danny Boyle , produced by Scott Rudin , and written by Aaron Sorkin with a screenplay adapted both from Isaacson's Steve Jobs as well as from interviews conducted by Sorkin.

Extracts from the biography have been the feature of various magazines, in addition to interviews with the author, Walter Isaacson. The issue's cover featured a portrait of Jobs, taken by Norman Seeff , in which he is sitting in the lotus position holding the original Macintosh computer. The portrait was published in Rolling Stone in January and is featured on the back cover of Steve Jobs.

The issue marked the eighth time Jobs has been featured on the cover of Time. Isaacson's essay served as a preview of Steve Jobs and described Jobs pitching the book to him. Bloomberg Businessweek also released a commemorative issue of its magazine remembering the life of Jobs. The cover of the magazine features Apple-like simplicity, with a black-and-white, up-close photo of Jobs and his years of birth and death.

In tribute to Jobs's minimalist style, the issue was published without advertisements. Similarly to Time 's commemorative issue, Isaacson's essay served as a preview of Steve Jobs. Fortune featured an exclusive extract of the biography on October 24, , focusing on the "friend-enemy" relationship Jobs had with Bill Gates. Even after a late release that year, the book became Amazon's 1 seller for From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Publication date.

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