Dimensions: 656 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.9 in
Published: October 24, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1451648537
ISBN - 13: 9781451648539
About the Book
From bestselling author Walter Isaacson comes the landmark
biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. In "iSteve: The Book of
Jobs," Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs'
professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive
and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as
well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members, key
colleagues from Apple and its competitors, "iSteve" is the
definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.
Read from the Book
Excerpt 1 His personality was reflected in the products he created. Just as the core of Apple’s philosophy, from the original Macintosh in 1984 to the iPad a generation later, was the end-to-end integration of hardware and software, so too was it the case with Steve Jobs: His passions, perfectionism, demons, desires, artistry, devilry, and obsession for control were integrally connected to his approach to business and the products that resulted. The unified field theory that ties together Jobs’s personality and products begins with his most salient trait: his intensity. His silences could be as searing as his rants; he had taught himself to stare without blinking. Sometimes this intensity was charming, in a geeky way, such as when he was explaining the profundity of Bob Dylan’s music or why whatever product he was unveiling at that moment was the most amazing thing that Apple had ever made. At other times it could be terrifying, such as when he was fulminating about Google or Microsoft ripping off Apple. This intensity encouraged a binary view of the world. Colleagues referred to the hero/shithead dichotomy. You were either one or the other, sometimes on the same day. The same was true of products, ideas, even food: Something was either “the best thing ever,” or it was shitty, brain-dead, inedible. As a result, any perceived flaw could set off a rant. The finish on a piece of metal, the curve of the head of a screw, the shade of blue on a box, th
From the Publisher
FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE BESTSELLING BIOGRAPHIES OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
AND ALBERT EINSTEIN, THIS IS THE EXCLUSIVE BIOGRAPHY OF STEVE
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.
About the Author
Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter.