Highly anticipated, best-seller, or even the best book of yesteryear. It is up to this one book how to take the challenge of fulfilling the great expe...moreHighly anticipated, best-seller, or even the best book of yesteryear. It is up to this one book how to take the challenge of fulfilling the great expectation.
I've finished reading the book once, in just a week, which notes my interest in the subject, as well as in the book. Walter Isaacson is a relatively new guy for me, in 20 years of my life, this is surely the first of his book that I've read.
Steve Jobs is the so-call 'authorized' biography of one of the technology magnate and co-founder of the most valuable technology company in the world, Apple, which is Steven Paul Jobs, otherwise known as Steve Jobs. His sudden yet predictable passing on October 5, 2011 is seen as a death of not only a magnate and a creator (or innovator, or whatever you like to call him), but also, for some, a death of American innovation.
His biography, made with intensive interview by Isaacson to numerous friends, foes, and members of the family, was due to be released in 2012, only to be moved forward at least twice: November 2011 (most likely due to the overseen fact that Jobs' health was worsening) and to late October 2011. And there you go. Late October 2011, bookstores and e-bookstores were stormed by people anticipating the story of a usually private Jobs.
Whether the book fulfill the expectation, I should say yes it is. Finally, a book that answers people's curiosity to understand Jobs' private life. The way he becomes the unwanted and adopted child, his early years in Apple, his 'board room struggle' in 1985, his love with Pixar and NeXT, his amazing second coming to save the company he established only 90 days away from bankruptcy, and his innovation from the iPod, iPhone, iPad, and all the computers.
Isaacson tells the story in a quite interesting point of view for two reasons:  He changes the point of view in many circumstances, sometimes it creates confusions -- at least either in a very few parts, or to some guys I know have read the same book -- because Isaacson uses the "I" pronoun to refer to his thoughts, and Jobs' in his direct speech. Sometimes, unfocused readers can find confusions in separating both views. This comes to be normal, since  This biography is written in a very unique way, that is Isaacson interacts with the subject (and object) of his writing. I find this very compelling, when compared to a common biography: common in a biography, a writer uses a number of quotations famous from the subject. In Steve Jobs however, Isaacson puts a lot of the interview -- not merely famous quotations -- into the book, creating a very interesting change in story-telling, at one part it is Isaacson, at other parts it is Jobs telling the story.
As far as the content is speaking, it sufficiently tells the story of Jobs and his both public and private life. It offers insight that many of us may never know before, plus the history of many things that Jobs and Apple created and currently in our hands. Just don't get me wrong: if you are looking at what to take as examples from this great figure, you have to really think a lot.
It is due to the peculiarity of Jobs' personality that this book often offers bad examples instead of good ones. Bad, in the sense that it is socially uncommon, or in many ways unacceptable. On the other hand, this personality turns out to be fruitful in many instances. If you want to take this as an example, think about it: it is as to say "many can imitate Jobs, yet there can only be one Steve Jobs." Even if you think this is as an management book, you need to really think a thousand times. Only Jobs can work in his ways, and only Jobs can make people patient enough to face such dictatorial-tyrant leader.
Lastly, I do recommend this book to everyone -- not only those who admire Steve Jobs, but also to every biography geeks, those who are seeking inspiration (how a garage setup can turn into the most valuable company in the world at some point at August 2011), or those who are seeking for innovation, when our economy is faced by the lack of creative ways. Let me close with two things:  Steve Jobs died in the best manner: he resigned when the company was practically the most valuable in the world, and he died fulfilling one of his biggest dreams, which is creating a device to consume our daily information with the touch of a finger (the iPad),  I should agree with Issacson's notion that this book needs an expansion. If the rumor is true, that Isaacson will expand this book to answer many people's curiosity that haven't been addressed with this book, so be it, and I'll read it again and again. (less)