- Hardcover: 656 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown; 1 edition (25 October 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781408703748
- ISBN-13: 978-1408703748
- ASIN: 1408703742
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 5.1 x 23.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 1 Kg
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography Hardcover – 25 Oct 2011
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From the author of the bestselling biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, this is the exclusive biography of Apple's Steve Jobs, written with his full cooperation.
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 - this book chronicles the rollercoaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.
At a time when 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, so he built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.
Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off limits and instead encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. "I've done a lot of things I'm not proud of, such as getting my girlfriend pregnant when I was twenty-three and the way I handled that," he said. "But I don't have any skeletons in my closet that can't be allowed out."
Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. Likewise, his friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, demons, perfectionism, desires, artistry, devilry, and obsession for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.
Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were all interrelated, just as Apple's hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is thus both instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.
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This is a very long book and it took me ages to finish it but the good aspect of this experience was that I was living with it as I read it.
I loved the beginning, Macintosh story, and the final stsges of the book the most. I felt like losing someone close when I read the Epilogue.
I love biographies but Walter Isaacson has taken the geniuses' biographies to a whole new level. I can't wait to read his Leonardo's book.
The rise and fall and rise of Apple is fascinating, as is are the dynamics in evidence when leading business figures come together. This book is a great case study on "the intersection of technology and art" and what makes some companies great.
The readers stay hooked to the chapters . Its simplicity at its core. Great work !!
Well written and the way passages, moments in time are chronicled and in such a way that does not go too far to glorify or portray Jobs in a positive light rather it highlights his mindset, his vulnerabilities, his flaws and mistakes at the same time takes nothing away from his achievements and greatness. Its a wonderful balance
A triumph - Top marks