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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
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Nov 26, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: biography, nonfiction
Read in November, 2011

This is more a biography of Apple than Jobs, which makes in the end for a better book. There isn't that much insight or analysis to what made Jobs tick--perhaps due to Jobs' own lack of self-analysis--beyond the usually quoted stories of his prickliness and demand for perfection. And Isaacson's critical edge goes a bit dull in the later chapters; his hosannas around the recently launched iCloud service sound like he's succumbed a bit to the infamous "reality distortion field." (I hope he adds a new chapter for the paperback, once we've all fully processed Jobs's recent passing.)

The book is at heart a thrilling look at counterintuitive design, engineering and corporate processes at work. Jobs is relentlessly contrarian, slapping away the advice of MBA-trained experts for his own instinctive approach, which transformed six different industries (by Isaacon's count) and grew Apple into the world's most valuable tech company.

Oh, and the book really makes you want to take LSD.

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