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Inside Steve's Brain by Leander Kahney
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Oct 31, 2011

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bookshelves: popcomp, history, auto-biography
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Kahney's writing style is a little clunky, and insights were difficult to come by. I read this before Isaacson's book, and was surprised how many of the stories in Kahney's book are reprised in Isaacson's. There was more personal stuff in Isaacson's (naturally, he was given family access and Jobs's blessing), but both rely heavily on early Apple and Macintosh stories. The most obviously reproduced bit was the iMac launch keynote rehearsal where Jobs wanted the lights adjusted just so the iMac would really shine when it was unveiled. Both books use almost exactly the same language for exactly the same event (down to details like Jobs flopping his legs over the top of the seat in front of him), presumably because (as for so much else) they used the same source.

I strongly do not recommend binging on Jobs biographies. As this one ends before the iPad, it is incomplete. You might as well drink a lot of coffee and wade through Isaacson's book, because it is largely a superset of Kahney's.
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