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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
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Nov 15, 2011

really liked it
Read in November, 2011

This is an excellent biography of Jobs. As I was reading it I kept asking myself what I would learn (or perhaps was learning) from Jobs life. That answer is a lot, but not quite in the usual way. Jobs doesn't have much of a character arc. He doesn't seem to learn much about himself as he grows older. Judging from Isaacson's book, he dies as the same cranky, rude, blustering brilliant, self-involved profectionist that he was at 20. But he was brilliant, and built a company because he cared more about the company and its products than its profits. He cared more about doing things well than his own personal enrichment. He didn't care if he was liked or hated. And he had brilliant vision. He is an interesting character, but because he is not introspective and doesn't mature or grow emotionally even as he sickens and dies, the lessons don't necessarily announce themselves.

I am glad to get to know him this way. I certainly would not like him at Thanksgiving dinner.

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