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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
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really liked it
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Read from May 17 to June 04, 2012

I don't worship Steve Jobs, and I didn't when he was alive. Frankly, I didn't know a whole lot about him. But my husband, a programmer, loved this book and recommended that I read the parts about PIXAR (since we are huge PIXAR fans). Well, I can hardly read one or two chapters of a book! That would be nonsensical! So I plunged in to what turned out to be a truly fascinating read. Whether you are a Mac or a PC, you should read this book if you:

- Like PIXAR
- Have bought songs, TV shows, or movies from iTunes
- Have an iPod
-Have an iPad
- Have an iPhone
- Have any brand of smartphone
- Have a personal computer

No. Jobs didn't invent those things. He wasn't the worlds' smartest man. He wasn't even a very good engineer. But he was some kind of crazy genius.

This book was utterly fascinating, taking the reader through the dawn of the computer age to today, and discussing Jobs' role in it. And Jobs, in case you didn't know, had a HUGE role in it. He wanted every man, woman and child to be able to have a computer in their home that they could use as easily as they opened a book. He wanted electronics in general to be cheap, accessible, and beautifully designed. And Jobs got what he wanted. He got what he wanted by yelling, crying, and manipulating everyone around him. He got what he wanted by surrounding himself with the best people, firing anyone who wasn't making the cut. He revolutionized the computer industry not once, but several times. Revolutionized phones, the music industry, and animated movies. (He funded PIXAR out of his own pocket.)

He was a total asshole, a terrible father, a terrible husband- but he was a great character and a great innovator, and this biography lays it all out with no sugar-coating.
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message 1: by Christina (new)

Christina Excellent review. I am not a Steve Jobs fan, but your review might encourage me to read this book.


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