Tuesday, October 25, 2011

STEVE JOBS: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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STEVE JOBS
BY WALTER ISAACSON

ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.

PRAISE & REVIEWS FOR STEVE JOBS:
[Jobs's] story calls for a book that is clear, elegant and concise enough to qualify as an iBio. Mr. Isaacson's Steve Jobs does its solid best to hit that target…[It] greatly admires its subject. But its most adulatory passages are not about people. Offering a combination of tech criticism and promotional hype, Mr. Isaacson describes the arrival of each new product right down to Mr. Jobs's theatrical introductions and the advertising campaigns. But if the individual bits of hoopla seem excessive, their cumulative effect is staggering. Here is an encyclopedic survey of all that Mr. Jobs accomplished, replete with the passion and excitement that it deserves.
--The New York Times - Janet Maslin

Isaacson's biography can be read in several ways. It is on the one hand a history of the most exciting time in the age of computers, when the machines first became personal and later, fashionable accessories. It is also a textbook study of the rise and fall and rise of Apple and the brutal clashes that destroyed friendships and careers. And it is a gadget lover's dream, with fabulous, inside accounts of how the Macintosh, iPod, iPhone and iPad came into being. But more than anything, Isaacson has crafted a biography of a complicated, peculiar personality—Jobs was charming, loathsome, lovable, obsessive, maddening—and the author shows how Jobs's character was instrumental in shaping some of the greatest technological innovations of our time.
--The Washington Post - Michael S. Rosenwald

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 Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and of 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. 

MY THOUGHTS:
This is a book I bought myself to share with a reader. I have my own copy but bought an extra for one lucky person. I am so excited to read it. I believe Steve Jobs is a man who generations will look back on as we do the likes of Thomas Edison and say how he literally changed the world. Reading and hearing a lot about the book and the man before he died as well as before the book came out, I have no rose colored glasses about his being human....with good sides and bad as well. However, the impact and talent of Steve Jobs can't be denied, and with my son being in the field of computers in his work, I've known of Steve Jobs for a long time. Now to be able to know more details about the man, the power, the genius that is Steve Jobs, is sure to be fascinating. Some lucky winner will be, I hope, also very glad to get this prize! 

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125 comments:

Loren said...

I did read your post and did not realize there were so many different interviews! Over 100? WOW! What an amazing man Steve was. Brilliant, Creative, and so much more! He will be missed more than any words could say!

Loren said...

I find the book's website interesting. I've never heard of this site before!

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This post and review was fascinating and many thanks for this giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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debbie said...

He will be remembered for a very long time. I would love to read the book.
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Mary (Bookfan) said...

I want to read about the man who "revolutionized six industries"!
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I read on the website that Jobs attributed his ability to focus and his love of simplicity to his Zen training.
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A book that would be memorable. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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This book's website introduced me to many facets. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Listener said...

About the book: I really like that the book was authorized by Jobs, but he didn't try to exert any control over its contents. That makes me respect him so much more.

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From the website: I find it interesting that the author is also a businessman, having been chairman of CNN and managing editor of Time.

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holdenj said...

I saw part of the 60 minutes piece the other night, and now with your info, think it does look like a very interesting story!
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Isaacson has certainly written some books about many great men!
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Harvee said...

I like that Jobs combined creativity with technology.

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CMash said...

I found it interesting that he didn't mind what was written about him.
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I just retweeted about the giveaway @CherylMash.
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From the site, not only is Isaacson an author but chairman of CNN and editor of Time.
Would love to win this book for my sons as they are big fans of Steve Jobs.
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He was an amazing man and I would enjoy reading this book. I have heard so many positive things about it.
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This fellow is quite controversal, a very creative inventor on one hand and an emotionally immature guy on the other. I am very curious about him.

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Rosita said...

I'm so interested in knowing more about the duality of Steve Jobs's personality, that he could be charming, maddening, loathsome, and lovable.
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I thought it was very interesting that Jobs, a person who relished control over details, did not try to control Isaacson's book.
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From the book website, I found a link to the 60 minute piece on Steve Jobs that included parts of the interviews.
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I was surprised that he didn't know how to write code and he wasn't much of an engineer.

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rjk said...

I believe that Mr Jobs was a true business man and knew how to market a product. I also appreicate he didn't have anything that was off limits.

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Really excited about this book and like that it presents viewpoints from Steve Jobs' friends, colleagues and even foes!

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Steve Capell said...

Steve is one of those people that was born to innovate he reminds me so much of Thomas Edison ... absolutely brilliant! I would love to read more about this amazing man. The world lost a brilliant mind upon his passing.

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i was very intrigued to find out so much about how he interacted with his family, he worked a lot and originally did not want children, and also found out later that he had a sister whom he let move in with the family.

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Shend said...

steve jobs is a hero in the world of information technology, he who has changed the world with his work, hopefully someone like him in the future

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I was really impressed by how candid Steve Jobs was about himself and others for this book
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I love that he like a modern day Edison. My family is so addicted to their apple products, me included. I love my ipad.

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Steve Jobs was an amazing, creative, genius. I would love to read this book about the man who revolutionized the technology of our age.
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I was struck by the fact that so many of the people who knew this very private man spoke candidly to the author about him.

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