Steve Jobs

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Simon and Schuster, Oct 24, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 630 pages
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From the author of the bestselling biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, this is the exclusive, New York Times bestselling biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

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—Walter Isaacson has written a 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.

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 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 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. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.

Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.
  

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Very well written and researched. - Goodreads
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A really interesting insight into a true genius. - Goodreads
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This biography is an honest depiction of Steve's life. - Goodreads
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I enjoy reading biographies, but particularly liked this one because of its in-depth overview of Steve's whole life and who he was as a person. This book is about Steve Jobs and his journey from being ... Read full review

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An interesting, open view about the man behind the apple. Steve Jobs was a delusional lunatic, but I guess sometimes that's what it takes to power the most successful company in the world. Read full review

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Contents

chapter nine
102
chapter
108
chapter eleven
117
chapter twelve
125
chapter thirteen
135
chapter fourteen
148
chapter fifteen
159
chapter sixteen
171
chapter twentyeight
358
chapter twentynine
368
chapter thirty
378
Im the Pied Piper
394
The Sound Track ofHis Life
411
andFoes
426
chapter thirtyfour
444
Memento Mori
452

chapter seventeen
180
chapter eighteen
211
chapter nineteen
238
chapter twenty
250
chapter twentyone
267
Buzz and Woody to the Rescue
284
The Loser Now Will Be Later to Win
305
chapter twentyfive
327
chapter twentysix
340
chapter twentyseven
348
chapter thirtysix
465
chapter thirtyseven
476
chapter thirtyeight
490
chapter thirtynine
511
chapter forty
525
chapter fortyone
538
The Brightest Heaven ofInvention
560
Epilogue
573
Sources
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Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter.