A Humble Look on Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over 2 years-in addition to interviews with more than 100 family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues.
Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the superb life and intense personality of a artistic entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries which are: Personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, computing, and digital publishing.
The book is written primarily as a series of stories regarding Steve. The book continuously held my interest, but a number of the dramas of his life appear muted. For instance, he came close to going bust when each Next and Pixar were flailing. There was only the slightest hint that anything dramatic happened in those years. In one paragraph, Pixar is shown as nearly running him out of cash. A few brief paragraphs later, Toy Story gets released and Jobs’ finances are saved for sensible.
It is difficult to scan the gap pages of Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs without feeling melancholic. Jobs retired at the top of August and died about 6 weeks later. Now, simply weeks once his death, you can open the book that bears his name and scan about his youth, his promise, and his relentless press to succeed.
However the initial sadness in beginning the book is soon replaced by one thing else, which is the intensity of scan-mirroring the intensity of Jobs’s focus and vision for his product. This is a timely and complete portrait that pulls no punches and gives insight into a man whose contradictions were in several ways that becomes his greatest strength.
At a time when America is seeking ways in which to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the planet are trying to create digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the final icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best manner to form value within the twenty-first century was to attach creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with exceptional feats of engineering.
This is a gripping journey into the life of an incredible individual. Despite its girth of nearly 600 pages, the book zips along at a torrid pace.
The interviews with Jobs are fascinating and revealing. We get a true sense for what it must are like to be Steve, or to figure with him. That earns the book five stars despite its flaws, in that it’s undoubtedly a must-browse if you’ve got any interest in any respect in the topic.
However there are some questions that are concerning my mind when reading the chapters particularly regarding the role of Tony Fadell in the event of iPhone. I read a piece from Businessweek which mentioned that Tony was driven out of the corporate thanks to conflicts between him and Scott Forestall, who is currently in command of iOS development. However Tony simply disappears from the rest of the book with no explanation.
One additional question is – why did Jobs keep almost all the Pixar to himself? He does not appear to own required the money, or maybe extremely needed. As a reader who would like to grasp deep inside regarding him, I am particularly interested by this.
Despite providing me with curiosity on what happened throughout his time in Apple and how he fastened it, this might be the best source to feel the emotional aspects of Steve’s life which are greatly coated during this book. The chapters concerning his illness moved me to tears.
What’s actually remarkable concerning Jobs is that he lived a nice life with numerous incidents that maybe no biography can cover each vital moment in his life. RIP Steve.