Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

stevejobsSteve Jobs
Walter Isaacson


This biography gives us the full picture of Steve Jobs, good and bad. It is a detailed history of Jobs, his life and his creations at Apple, NeXT, Pixar and Apple again. And it’s a look at the impatient frustrations of a perfectionist who, with the genius of vision and presentation, liked to distort reality, had poor people skills and thought no rules applied to him.

I don’t know what to think of Steve Jobs. He derived his happiness from creating and was driven to do so. Isaacson shows a man who manipulated people, berated them, and often ignored his wife and children. He regularly took credit for ideas that came from his creative team and rearranged facts to benefit his point, all with no regrets. But time and again he enabled people to achieve the impossible by refusing to believe that something could not be done.  The combination of persistence and genius made him a remarkable man.

AND…Steve Jobs gave us the Mac, fonts, graphics and desktop publishing. Then he gave us the iPhone, the iPod, iTunes and music. He allowed us to re-experience the feelings we used to have in record stores as we excitedly flipped through albums and heard new music on the store speakers. Then he gave us the iPad, movies and books all with a touchscreen. He knew what we wanted, just as he said, before we knew what we wanted.

This was a very interesting read. My only negative comment is that it was sometimes repetitive, particularly on the subjects of distorted reality and Jobs’ belief in closed-end product design. I also thought the author often portrayed Jobs as too much of a beloved hero in the second half of the book, once Jobs returned to Apple. But then again, that’s when we got all these great products. And I don’t think I could live without them!

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6 thoughts on “Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

  1. Reading this on my ipad, my iPhone next to me and later will edit on the Mac! Says it all really! I’ve often wondered about the guy and only later started to hear all the negative but his influence and passion changed the world. I just about remember when you had to programme to get a new font; Apple ease of use was revolutionary and it took pc decades to catch up. Thanks for the reblog Barbara and definitely a book I will look out for.

    1. I do think many genius minds are also very difficult personalities. It’s interesting to think about in terms of progress. Who else would have thought of all those Apple products? I don’t think anyone else had that vision. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. This book was one of the first audiobooks I listened to. I loved it. It was fascinating. What a wonderful way to delve into the mind and heart of a genius. From abandonment to wonder man. It’s a Cinderella tale for boys. And it’s true.

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