Celebrating four years of blogging – and sharing some early book reviews!
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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5 thoughts on “From the early archives: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson”
Happy Blogiversary! I hit 4 years next month.
I’ve wanted to read that one but never got around to it. I saw the movie about him though. Was really good. He definitely wasn’t always a likable guy, that’s for sure.
I very much enjoyed that book last year. It seems many creative geniuses are not at all nice to the people in their lives. I also agree that I can’t picture life anymore without those remarkable inventions!
Happy blog anniversary, Barbara!
Thanks Jennifer – I thought the book was excellent. I always like to understand the person behind creative genius. Thanks for commenting!
Having worked in the SW industry with people similar to Jobs – I can understand the desire to hero worship deeply flawed geniuses.
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