Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs

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 Ex...


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TitleSteve Jobs
ISBN9781451648539
Author
Release DateOct 24th, 2011
PublisherSimon & Schuster
LanguageEnglish
GenreBiography, Nonfiction, Business, Science, Technology
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  • Stephanie
    2011-10-25
    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 eve...
  • Lisa
    2011-10-24
    There are three things necessary for a great biography:1. A compelling subject2. An engaging narrative3. AccuracyWalter 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 eve...
  • Petra Eggs
    2012-02-02
    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...
  • Lynne Spreen
    2011-11-01
    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 th...
  • Riku Sayuj
    2011-10-31
    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 rea...
  • 3Jane Tessier-Ashpool
    2011-11-11
    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 ...
  • Otis Chandler
    2011-10-06
    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 gee...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2012-09-23
    Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson 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 ماین دل میخواست کاش سرگذشتنامه ...
  • Diane
    2012-08-18
    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 th...
  • Barbara
    2011-10-24
    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...
  • Katie
    2011-11-03
    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 AssholeIsaacson 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...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    2011-10-30
    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...
  • Jane
    2011-10-07
    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 kn...
  • Nawal Al-Qussyer
    2011-11-03
    قرأته قبل شهرين، ولعلي أتذكر انطباعي التام عنه وأنا أكتب المراجعة متأخرةهذا 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 أقو...
  • فهد الفهد
    2016-09-23
    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 ...
  • Amir
    2017-05-13
    Well, The mighty Steve Jobs that we have so much to learn from.The bookWalter 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 ar...
  • Elyse
    2011-11-03
    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 li...
  • Zac
    2013-05-03
    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 ...
  • Michael
    2011-10-23
    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 ...
  • Tressa
    2011-12-28
    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...
  • Connie
    2011-12-06
    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 r...
  • أشرف فقيه
    2011-11-04
    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، ...
  • Caroline
    2014-04-10
    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 ...
  • William
    2011-11-15
    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 listen...
  • Rob
    2014-10-23
    Executive Summary: Despite my generally negative opinion of Jobs and my disagreement with his views of technology, I found this book excellent.Audiobook: Dylan Baker's voice was instantly recognizable to me, even if I didn't know his name. Better known as an actor than an audiobook narrator, he nevertheless does a good job here. I'm not sure what to hope for with a non-fiction narrated apart from clear speech, good volume and inflection. You get ...
  • Jeanette
    2012-02-17
    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.
  • Linda
    2011-11-11
    Since his death in October, those of us who use Apple products and/or have a strong interest in technology have read various obituaries, tributes in blogs, and reviews of the Isaacson book. Like other books by Isaacson I have read over the years, this book is beautifully written, very well documented, honest in its criticism and praise of Jobs, and really compelling. The end is of course very sad, no matter how you may have felt about Jobs as a h...