Many reviews give the book 1 or 2-Stars, stating that Steve Jobs was an asshole and a jerk who treated other people like dirt. All that may be true buMany reviews give the book 1 or 2-Stars, stating that Steve Jobs was an asshole and a jerk who treated other people like dirt. All that may be true but, instead of giving the book a bad review because of Jobs’ personality, they should give the book 5-Stars because the author, Isaacson, was able to do such a great job of telling us exactly who and what Jobs was. My take is just the opposite. This biography (and I normally hate biographies because they are boring) is the most fascinating book I have read in years. Isaacson has done a masterful job of revealing not only Jobs’ abrasive personality, but also his legacy of dramatically changing how we live our lives. Jobs was a genius and a visionary who transformed seven industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, digital publishing, and retail stores. According to Isaacson, Jobs also “created what became the most valuable company on earth, one that stood at the intersection of the humanities and technology, and is the company most likely still to be doing that a generation from now. His legacy, as he said in his "Think Different" ad, was reminding us that the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” Jobs was an absolute genius and all of us should be forever grateful for all the great things he created. Steve Jobs really cared deeply about his products. He had an intuitive feel for what the consumer wanted. He truly wanted his products, and even their packaging, to be close to art. Although very few in the industry believed his approach was the right path to take, he continued to hold on to this belief. Each button, CD tray, color, and line was important to him. There's a great passage in the book when he found out that his engineers had made the CD-ROM drive of a Mac a tray instead a slot. It literally brought him to tears.
I have always been a user of Apple products and now I understand why. Whether it’s an iMac, an iPod, an iPhone, or an iPad, they all work so seamlessly with each other and with the software that was created for them. Why? Because Steve Jobs insisted on perfection.
Thank you Walter Isaacson for helping us appreciate the incredible talent of Steve Jobs. And thank you, Steve Jobs, for changing our world and making it so much more fun.
As did many, I lived through the tragedy of JFK's assassination and all the drama and publicity at the time. The authors of this book have done extensAs did many, I lived through the tragedy of JFK's assassination and all the drama and publicity at the time. The authors of this book have done extensive research and have brought surprising clarity to all the events, emotions, and conspiracy theories that occurred around that fateful November in 1963. Bill O'Reilly and his co-author deserve kudos for writing both an accurate history lesson and a very entertaining read....more
I have the DVD of the CBS coverage of the final round of the 1986 Masters and, in this case, "the book is better than the movie". Of course, the TV anI have the DVD of the CBS coverage of the final round of the 1986 Masters and, in this case, "the book is better than the movie". Of course, the TV announcers could not foresee the outcome and could only report what they were watching. Tom Clavin was able to interview those that had watched the drama unfold. The emotions of those people were what made this book special. In addition to covering the '86 Masters, this book gives the reader a complete history of the Masters Tournament, as well as that of Augusta National itself. No lover of the game of golf, especially followers of Jack Nicklaus, should fail to read this book. ...more
Very interesting to learn about the lives of nine hockey stars after they left the hockey arena, especially since they played and retired before "bigVery interesting to learn about the lives of nine hockey stars after they left the hockey arena, especially since they played and retired before "big money" changed the game forever. The big difference, because they were not paid huge salaries, was that they all played with great passion because they loved playing hockey. The other thing I took away from this book that it must be a very difficult life for the wives of hockey players, because many of these guys had multiple divorces....more
I will enjoy playing golf much more after reading this book. Why? Because Dr. Bob has convinced me that the game should be fun regardless of the scoreI will enjoy playing golf much more after reading this book. Why? Because Dr. Bob has convinced me that the game should be fun regardless of the score....more
Charles Krauthammer is undoubtedly the best political analyst of our day. This book, it turns out, is a compilation of numerous editorials and articleCharles Krauthammer is undoubtedly the best political analyst of our day. This book, it turns out, is a compilation of numerous editorials and articles he has written over the years ranging in subject matter from border collies, the Washington Nationals, the space program, and serious matters like the Middle East crisis. Charles has a very analytical mind and can dissect each problem into fact and fiction without the "political speak" used by most columnists. I particularly liked his column on Man of the (20th) Century where he chose Winston Churchill over Albert Einstein because he was "indispensable". Charles states that Churchill "single-handedly saved Western civilization from Nazi barbarism" and that "without him, everything would be different". Here's a link to that column: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/80.... My recommendation: Read this book and you will understand the world a lot better than you do now....more