Steve Jobs By Walter Isaacson
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Author& & & & & & & & & & & & & & & & Walter Isaacson

ISBN-13& & & & & & & & & & & & & 9781408703748

Publish Time& & & & & & & 20111024

Publisher& & & & & & & & & & & & Little, Brown

Hardback:& & & & & & & & & & & & & & 656 pages

Language:& & & & & & & & & & & & & & English


From bestselling author Walter Isaacson comes the landmark biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, 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, Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

The narrative of his personal life builds throughout the book beginning with one distinct chapter, then another, then another, until gradually his personal and professional lives become intertwined. There is material on his parents, on how he came to be adopted (and quite a bit, throughout the book, on his attitude to his adoption), his influences during his childhood, his emerging attitude to life, his girlfriends, his wife and his children. There is new material in amongst all of this and many, many gripping stories. Ordinarily, we don&rsquo. t get to hear much about Steve Jobs&rsquo. s private life &ndash. but there is a lot here.

The intricacies of Steve&rsquo. s cha racter are revealed through the events of his life story. This means that his less praiseworthy attributes are in evidence throughout &ndash. as much as his qualities. It&rsquo. s the combination of the two that is most fa scinating, and the book subtly explores where the many parts of Steve Jobs come from and why they came to create such a successful and remarkable man.

This is a biography, but it is also the most inspiring, most insightful business book one could imagine. Apple is such a unique organization that has excelled in almost every area through force of will, through hard work, through vision, through perfectionism and through the most canny market awareness and deal-making and breaking. Jobs&rsquo. s role in all of this is a huge part of this book. Anyone who has an aspiration or drive in whatever their career may be &ndash. in marketing, in management, in design, in technology &ndash. will want to read this book. .

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 and instead encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly &ndash. even foes, former girlfriends, and colleagues he had once fired or infuriated. &ldquo. I&rsquo. ve done a lot of things I&rsquo. m not proud of, such as getting my girlfriend pregnant when I was 23 and the way I handled that,&rdquo. he said. &ldquo. But I don&rsquo. t have any skeletons in my closet that can&rsquo. t be allowed out.&rdquo.


Walter Isaacson is the author of the forthcoming biography &ldquo. Steve Jobs.&rdquo. His previous books include &ldquo. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life,&rdquo. &ldquo. Einstein: His Life and Universe,&rdquo. &ldquo. Kissinger: A Biography,&rdquo. and he is the coauthor, with Evan Thomas, of &ldquo. The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made.&rdquo. Isaacson is the CEO of the Aspen Institute. He was previously the editor of Time Magazine and the CEO of CNN. He was born in New Orleans, La., on May 20, 1952. He is a graduate of Newman School in New Orleans, Harvard College, and Pembroke College of Oxford University. He serves as chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which oversees Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other U.S. international broadcasts. He is also the chairman of the board of Teach for America. He is on the boards of United Continental Airlines, Bloomberg Foundation, Harvard Overseers, and Tulane University.

Isaacson has been working on a biography of Apple CEO Steve Jobs since 2009, the first biography of Jobs written with his full cooperation. It will be published November 21, 2011 by Simon & Schuster under the title Steve Jobs: A Biography.

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