‘I’ve done a lot of things I’m not proud of . . . But I don’t have any skeletons in my closet that can’t be allowed out’ - Steve Jobs to Walter Isaacson
An extraordinary book which gives a unique insight into the life and thinking of the man who has single-handedly transformed the world.
Written from hours of interviews with Steve Jobs himself, family, friends, colleagues and rivals.
‘In the early summer of 2004, I got a phone call from Steve Jobs . . . It turned out that he wanted me to write a biography of him . . .
This is a book about 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. You might even add a seventh: retail stores, which Jobs did not quite revolutionize, but he did reimagine. Plus, he opened the way for a new market for digital content based on apps.
This is also, I hope, a book about innovation . . . Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness, imagination, and sustained innovation. He knew that the best way to create value in the 21st century was to connect creativity with technology, so he built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering’ – Walter Isaacson, from the Introduction of Steve Jobs
About the Author
Walter Isaacson is the author of the forthcoming biography “Steve Jobs.” His previous books include “Benjamin Franklin: An American Life,” “Einstein: His Life and Universe,” “Kissinger: A Biography,” and he is the coauthor, with Evan Thomas, of “The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made.” Isaacson is the CEO of the Aspen Institute. He was previously the editor of Time Magazine and the CEO of CNN. He was born in New Orleans, La., on May 20, 1952. He is a graduate of Newman School in New Orleans, Harvard College, and Pembroke College of Oxford University. He serves as chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other U.S. international broadcasts. He is also the chairman of the board of Teach for America. He is on the boards of United Continental Airlines, Bloomberg Foundation, Harvard Overseers, and Tulane University.
Reviewed By Toni Whitmont, Booktopia Buzz Editor
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Walter Isaacson's biography of the man behind Apple can be read in several ways. It is on the one hand a history of the most exciting time in the age of computers, when the machines first became personal and later fashionable accessories. It is also a textbook study of the rise and fall and rise of Apple and the brutal clashes that destroyed friendships and careers. And it is a gadget lover's dream, with fabulous, inside accounts of how the Macintosh, iPod, iPhone and iPad came into being.
But more than anything, Isaacson has crafted a biography of a complicated, peculiar personality - Jobs was charming, loathsome, lovable, obsessive, maddening - and the author shows how Jobs's character was instrumental in shaping some of the greatest technological innovations of our time. As Isaacson rightly puts it, the Jobs-inspired products are bold and simple, in essence "poetry connected to engineering, arts and creativity intersecting with technology."
Though Jobs delighted in his well-known and much-rehearsed onstage persona, he was extremely private. Yet he allowed Isaacson unfettered access to his life, his colleagues and his family because he wanted his children to know what he had accomplished while he was away so much. Jobs, who died this month, exerted no control over the story Isaacson wrote and in fact told his biographer near his death that he would probably dislike the book.