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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs

The book gives the fullest portrait to date of Jobs, depicting him as flawed but visionary. It also provides tantalising clues to the origins of his outsized personality and the company he created. — Read the complete FT review


Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years – as wellas interviews with more than 100 family members, friends, adversaries,competitors, and colleagues – Walter Isaacson set down the riveting story of theroller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneurwhose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries:personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, anddigital publishing. Isaacson’s portrait touched hundreds of thousands ofreaders.

At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge and whensocieties around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stillstands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knewthat the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connectcreativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imaginationwere combined with remarkable feats of engineering.

Although Jobs cooperated with the author, he asked for no control over what waswritten. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speakhonestly. He himself spoke candidly about the people he worked with and competedagainst. His friends, foes, and colleagues offer an unvarnished view of thepassions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion forcontrol that shaped Jobs’s approach to business, the innovative products thatresulted, and his legacy.