Steve Jobs: A Biography

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ABC-CLIO, Nov 21, 2016 - Technology & Engineering - 247 pages
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This book provides extensive, comprehensive biographical information on one of technology's most important innovators—Steve Jobs.

Steve Jobs was a visionary entrepreneur who contributed immeasurably to information technology, changing not only the way we do business but also the way we communicate and share information. His company, Apple, founded in 1976 with Steve Wozniak, eventually launched the Macintosh computer in 1984, with a graphical user interface that competed with the early versions of Microsoft Windows.

This reference biography sheds light on Jobs's departure from Apple in 1985, his extraordinary comeback in 1997, and his innovations in the meantime, which included the founding of the computer animation company Pixar. Jobs and Apple went on to launch the iPod, iTunes, the iPhone, and the iPad. Author Michael Becraft has distilled the vast literature on Jobs into a concise but vivid portrait of the man, his vision, the controversies that have swirled around him, and his lasting impact on business, culture, and society.

Arranged chronologically, the book includes extensive primary sources and is written to be accessible to a wide range of readers. Additionally, it incorporates images that heighten reader engagement, provides a timeline for referencing Jobs's achievements across his lifetime, and supplies an extensive bibliography for those seeking original source documents.

  • Provides detailed biographical information that benefits and appeals to a wide audience
  • Includes not only praise for Jobs but criticism to offer a balanced portrait
  • Incorporates information from Jobs's speeches and writings
  • Includes charts and graphs related to home computing and Apple in comparison to competitors


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Early Life
First Run at Apple
Life After Apple Or the Years Between
Second Run at Apple
Jobs Outside Work
Death and Legacy
Honors and Awards
About the Author

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Michael B. Becraft, DMgt, is the former Edward F. Lyle Professor of Finance and director of Graduate Business Programs at Park University in Kansas City, MO.

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