- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Abacus; 2015 edition (11 February 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780349140438
- ASIN: 034914043X
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 3.8 x 19.5 cm
- Customer Reviews: 780 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography Paperback – 11 Feb 2015
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The attention to detail is astounding, and this is an encyclopaedic record of Jobs's life right up to his battle against cancer and death . . . a fitting legacy to a flawed genius - Evening Standard Isaacson has done an outstanding job. He keeps a sturdily detached perspective about Jobs' many eccentricities. His biographer has written a captivating account of this digital visionary whose products have enthralled millions of people - Spectator This is a riveting book, with as much to say about the transformation of modern life in the information age as about its supernaturally gifted and driven subject - Telegraph A must read - Sunday Times
An extraordinary book which gives us a unique insight into the life and thinking of the man who has single-handedly transformed the way we live today
About the Author
Walter Isaacson began his career in journalism at The Sunday Times before becoming CEO of CNN. He is the author of several bestselling biographies.
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I recommend to read this, to those who love apple and Jobs but I insist to those who hate him. You will love him by the time you reach the end and wish there was more to read.
I like the part which describes Steve’s Distortion Reality Field and simplicity is ultimate sophistication.
I recommend this book to the Apple product users. I am a big fan and used of most Apple product (and now became fan of Steve Jobs) while reading this book I could correlated all the sequence of event happened in Apple and how the great products were made.
Well written Walter.
This book goes through all the ups and downs of his social and professional life, covering all the intricacies involved during his lifetime which led to the birth of Apple as it is today. It also explains his reality distortion field which played a very crucial role in developing a remarkable user friendly products.
He revolutionized whole music, journalism and book publishing industries through the digitalization of music, magazines, books and news, which itself led to the creation of multibillion dollars app industry as we all see today.
He always believed in end-to-end control of right from the device design (which includes both hardware and user interface), raw materials used and manufacturing process to its marketing and sales of devices till it reaches hand of the users. He always strive to perfect every aspect of device even if the user didn't notice it.
All he cares about is perfection in everything he ever did or ever wanted to do, his creations has unambiguously pushed the human race forward.
Now talking about the book built and overview, then let me tell you that the pages quality is low but won't tear away even after a rugged use. Yes, the paperback is of a low quality then a usual quality in other books, but it is still ok for me (but not necessarily the same in your case). Overall I found the book a perfect reader's choice for everyone. So, just move ahead of the cons and focus on the ultimate pro that is inscribed in the book.
The book is divided in two parts - Page 1 to 300 covers Steve's early life, battles, tantrums, courting & appointment of Sculley, Steve being removed, and joining Pixar. This is all rather drab and widely available information in print & web so nothing new. Its slow going and I kept the book down several times as the slow pace wore me out.
However, page 300 onward when Steve returns to Apple is when the book makes up for the first half. A - we understand the motivation for the 'i' series of products, B - we understand his need for simplicity, and C - we understand his micro managing every function to the nth degree. Steve drew his inspiration from several sources and all of them converged on the customer as the focal point. Simplicity came from purity or his definition of practical issues that a customer would face and how to solve them. Micro management is important and some people may say its a bad thing however when your vision runs several years ahead, you have to micro manage to get the best out of people and also for them to realize that they can achieve it. It's part of the process to make things better for everyone.
Apple is a great consumer product company and despite the naysayers, it has been built to last. The innovativeness that people predicted will die with Steve just has not happened and nor will it ever as long as the culture of innovation continues at Apple. 3M had an innovative culture and when James McNerney brought in processes to manage innovation, 3M became a laggard. Once the CEO changed and the innovation culture was reignited, 3M is back and doing extremely well. Same is the case with Apple.
They will continue with Innovation, Simplicity, Customer Delight, and make products that create a burning desire to own them.