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Steve Jobs: A Biography

Format:  Hardcover,

630 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: Oct 2011

ISBN-13: 9781451648539

ISBN-10: 1451648537

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FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE BESTSELLING BIOGRAPHIES OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AND ALBERT EINSTEIN, THIS IS THE EXCLUSIVE BIOGRAPHY OF 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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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: Oct 2011
ISBN-13: 9781451648539
ISBN-10: 1451648537
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 630
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.5 x 1.75

About the author

Biography of Isaacson, Walter

Walter Isaacson was born on May 20 1952 in New Orleans, Louisiana. After graduating from New Orleans' Isidore New man School and a summer at Deep Springs College as a participant in the Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP), Isaacson attended Harvard College and earned a B. A. in history and literature. While at Harvard, Isaacson was a member of the Harvard Lampoon. He then attended the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar at Pembroke College and read Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

Walter Isaacson began his career in journalism at The Sunday Times of London and then the New Orleans Times-Picayune/States-Item. He joined TIME in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor, and editor of new media before becoming the magazine's fourteenth editor in 1996. He became Chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and then president and CEO of the Aspen Institute in 2003. He is the author of American Sketches, Einstein: His Life and Universe, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and Kissinger: A Biography, and he is the co-author, with Evan Thomas, of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made.

On October 24, 2011, Isaacson's authorized biography of Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs was published by Simon & Schuster. Because of Jobs' death just weeks earlier (on October 5, 2011), Steve Jobs became an instant international best-seller, breaking all records for sales of a biography. The book was based on over 40 interviews with Jobs over two years right up until shortly before his death. Isaacson also drew on conversations with friends, family members, and even business rivals of the entrepreneur whose vision revolutionized computing, music, phones, animated films, and even publishing. This title Steve Jobs made Publisher's Weekly Best Seller List for 2011.

Chapter outline

Charactersp. xiii
Introduction: How This Book Came to Bep. xvii
Childhood: Abandoned and Chosenp. 1
Odd Couple: The Two Stevesp. 21
The Dropout: Turn On, Tune In ...p. 31
Atari and India: Zen and the Art of Game Designp. 42
The Apple I: Turn On, Boot Up, Jack In ...p. 56
The Apple II: Dawn of a New Agep. 71
Chrisann and Lisa: He Who Is Abandoned ...p. 86
Xerox and Lisa: Graphical User Interfacesp. 92
Going Public: A Man of Wealth and Famep. 102
The Mac Is Born: You Say You Want a Revolutionp. 108
The Reality Distortion Field: Playing by His Own Set of Rulesp. 117
The Design: Real Artists Simplifyp. 125
Building the Mac: The Journey Is the Rewardp. 135
Enter Sculley: The Pepsi Challengep. 148
The Launch: A Dent in the Universep. 159
Gates and Jobs: When Orbits Intersectp. 171
Icarus: What Goes Up ...p. 180
Next: Prometheus Unboundp. 211
Pixar: Technology Meets Artp. 238
A Regular Guy: Love Is Just a Four-Letter Wordp. 250
Family Man: At Home with the Jobs Clanp. 267
Toy Story: Buzz and Woody to the Rescuep. 284
The Second Coming: What Rough Beast, Its Hour Come Round at Last ...p. 293
The Restoration: The Loser Now Will Be Later to Winp. 305
Think Different: Jobs as iCEOp. 327
Design Principles: The Studio of Jobs and Ivep. 340
The iMac: Hello (Again)p. 348
CEO: Still Crazy after All These Yearsp. 358
Apple Stores: Genius Bars and Siena Sandstonep. 368
The Digital Hub: From iTunes to the iPodp. 378
The iTunes Store: I'm the Pied Piperp. 394
Music Man: The Sound Track of His Lifep. 411
Pixar's Friends: ... and Foesp. 426
Twenty-first-century Macs: Setting Apple Apartp. 444
Round One: Memento Morip. 452
The iPhone: Three Revolutionary Products in Onep. 465
Round Two: The Cancer Recursp. 476
The iPad: Into the Post-PC Erap. 490
New Battles: And Echoes of Old Onesp. 511
To Infinity: The Cloud, the Spaceship, and Beyondp. 525
Round Three: The Twilight Strugglep. 538
Legacy: The Brightest Heaven of Inventionp. 560
Acknowledgmentsp. 573
Sourcesp. 575
Notesp. 579
Indexp. 599

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2011-11-11)

Isaacson's (Einstein: His Life and Universe) new biography of Steve Jobs (1955-2011) will satisfy the curiosity of all those looking to delve into the nitty-gritty details of the tech titan's life. Though it begins with a traditional sketch of his parents (both biological and adopted) and birth, the book quickly gets down to business: readers see the creation of the Apple I within the first 60 pages. Isaacson's primary focus is on Jobs's professional life, and chapters are often organized around a single product, e.g., the Mac or the i Pod.

Jobs emerges a man who cares deeply about the wares he sells and the companies he builds, but one who (famously) is all but unbearable for it. Starting his career smelly and shoeless, the eccentric Jobs even at the end of his life eschewed cancer treatment for nine crucial months on behalf of a strict, carrot-juice-heavy diet.

Verdict: Isaacson has produced a full, detailed account of an influential man's life, but the style never rises above that of a well-graded research paper. As for Jobs, readers will newly admire their i Phones but not the near-sadistic management style that produced them.

[See Prepub Alert, 8/26/11.] - Molly McArdle, Library Journal

(c). Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE BESTSELLING BIOGRAPHIES OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AND ALBERT EINSTEIN, THIS IS THE EXCLUSIVE BIOGRAPHY OF 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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Rated 4.9 out of 5★ by 15reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Insight into a fantastic mind - Having read a number of Apple histories, this is without a doubt the best. Straight from the man who knows, the why and how it happened. Mr. Jobs was candid and did not pull any punches on his own shortcomings or miss steps on the long and winding road that was Apple. From inception to his death as complete as could be written.I hated for this book to end just like I hated for the Jobs journey to end. Uplifting and sad, humorous and poignant. What a ride! 11/18/2011
Rated 5 out of 5 Great book Really good book I enjoyed it alot 11/18/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great man. Great book. Great price! 11/28/2011
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Great book about an amazing man who changed the world. He will be missed. 12/20/2011
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Rated 5 out of 5★ by I bought this book for my 20 year old son for Christmas. I have gotten great feedback from him. He says that he can't put it down and he is learning stuff about Mr. Jobs that he never knew before even though he has been a fan of his for years. 01/02/2012
Rated 5 out of 5★ by this is a very well made book it was packaged well and thdust cover fits well was not bent or tore 03/06/2012
Rated 5 out of 5★ by Product was as advertised and the shipping was quick. It was definitely cheaper to order here than to buy at Barnes & Noble. 10/21/2012
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