The life of legendary Steve Jobs was filled with twists and turns, ups and downs which are probably best described by the author Walter Isaacson (who was commissioned by Jobs personally before his death to write his autobiography). Having read this autobiography is like being presented with one of the most complex inroad into a man's ingenuity, talent, complexity and emotion.
Steve Jobs is not a simple man, despite his ardent quest for simplicity in the products and in life. The guy is a genius, nonetheless. Not just in technology (Bill Gates thinks otherwise) but also in manipulation. Yes, he's the expert in manipulation (both his staff, business associates and the public at large). Distorted reality is his forte. Practiced and played out to perfection. His is a story that will keep readers and fans glued for hours, if not days and weeks.
No, despite being the recipient of his fabulous product designs (my first Apple was in 1993 before his "2nd coming" and consequently the first iPod, iPod mini, iPod shuffle, iPad but still no iPhone so far! hence, he's hasn't ruled in my world ;-)), I'm not a great fan of his. For some reasons, even before reading the book, I intuitively found him obnoxious! It's something one picks up from instinct if not mannerism. Oh, I'll probably be clobbered by many for having said so since he's like God to so many fans!
Jobs was not a kind soul (he has hurt many through his quest for perfection although he's also a sensitive man). Some who knew and loved him probably labelled him as psychotic even! Still, you can't help but being enraptured by the tales of his life. He had certainly led a most unusual and distinctive life, not to mention successful, challenging, charismatic, crazy, out of this world and entirely legendary!
So, it is with an intense, curious fascination that I found myself flipping through the pages for an insight into a "stranger's" life; sometimes associating with him while at other times, uttering the world "jerk" more than once! That is what many who knew him personally went through; associating with him and then confused by him.
Ultimately though, most ended up respecting him for his focused belief and all that he had done for Apple and its products, making computers and technology available to all in the world.
This is a book with a touch of romance, business acumen and self-improvement all in one. It is about a man with a life well lived and remembered. A man whose influence will probably outlived rulers, entertainers and corporations.
If you're like me the first thing that strikes you as you read this book is that Steve Jobs led a mythological life. Put up for closed adoption by unmarried parents who eventually married, rejected by the first would be adoptive parents, then adopted by working class parents, it would be difficult to conceive a more inauspicious beginning, or a more auspicious outcome. Steve Jobs would grow up to prove that an apple can fall quite far from the tree, and still blossom. … more
This is a book that has many layers to it. Hence, after the initial review (Think Different! which was featured on Lunch), I decided to do another one that focused more on the business aspect of Steve Jobs. He dedicated his life in this arena more so than any other aspects and it seems fitting to highlight what he did and what we can all learn from him. This is a man who revolutionalized the world in more way than one. Music, … more
Kobo is having a 20% off this weekend so I got it for just $13. Read up to Chapter 4 and it's easy to read despite the electronics component of Jobs' job and life! Here's one guy who didn't lead a normal life, not since he was in school!!! To sum up so far, I think he got away with lots of things!
Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor ofTimemagazine. He is the author ofBenjamin Franklin: An American Lifeand ofKissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor ofThe Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter.