Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is the authorized self-titled biography of “Steve Jobs”. The book was written at the request of Jobs by Walter Isaacson, a former executive at CNN and TIME who has written best-selling biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein.

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. 

  • Author: Walter Isaacson
  • Genre: Biography
  • Originally published: 24 October 2011
Best Quotes From "Steves Jobs"
  • “One way to remember who you are is to remember who your heroes are.”
  • “If you act like you can do something, then it will work.”
  • “People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint.”
  • “Steve Jobs: “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”
  • “I think different religions are different doors to the same house. Sometimes I think the house exists, and sometimes I don’t. It’s the great mystery. (Steve Jobs)”
About The Author:
Walter Issacson

An American journalist and writer, Walter Issacson is the CEO and President of the Aspen Institute. Before joining Aspen, he had been the Chairman and CEO of CNN and the Managing Editor of world famous TIME magazine. He is also a famous biographer, and has written biographies of Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Kissinger and Steve Jobs.

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