Worthy Biographies: Steve Jobs

Posted 12 September, 2013 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in Reviews

Worthy Biographies: Steve JobsSteve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Published by Simon and Schuster on September 10th 2013
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, Business & Economics, Computers & Information Technology, General, History, Leadership, Macintosh, Personal Computers, Technology & Engineering
Pages: 630
Goodreads
four-stars

The phenomenal bestseller about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs from the author of the acclaimed biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein.Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than 100 family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson set down the 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: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. Isaacson’s portrait touched hundreds of thousands of readers. 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 still 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. Although Jobs cooperated with the author, he asked for no control over what was written. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. He himself spoke candidly about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues offer an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped Jobs’s approach to business, the innovative products that resulted, and his legacy.

 Comprehensive and well written – Walter Isaacson does not disappoint. He doesn’t pull punches when it comes to the mean and spiteful side of Jobs. But it is clear that the man was a genius in his own right, albeit a flawed one. 

Another reason this book is so enjoyable is that it’s also a history of modern computing. It would be impossible to discuss the rise, fall, and resurrection of Apple without speaking of Microsoft, Xerox, HP, and other companies that were instrumental in computing as we know it today. 

Fascinating read.

April @ The Steadfast Reader

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