Book Review: Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

When ousted from his own company, Apple Inc., Steve Jobs wasn’t devastated, but rather went on to form Pixar animation – the studio known for popular films like Finding Nemo, Toy Story, Up, and the Monsters Inc.. He rejoined Apple as its CEO and took it from ashes to where it stands today. Recently, Apple became world’s most valuable company, leaving Microsoft behind.

Known for his brutal honesty, Jobs had an eye for detail and a passion for technology. Money was never the motivation, for him technology was an art.

Based on more than forty interviews with Steve Jobs, and more than a hundred with friends, family members, competitors, and colleagues this book takes you into the life of world’s most respected leader. Never before was his private life made public with such a detail.

Social/Historical Context:

The book starts with the childhood of Steve Jobs; his adoption, his involvement with drugs, his coming to India on a spiritual voyage, and the formation of Apple computers along with his childhood friend, Steve Wozniak.
The book takes you into the early years of Silicon Valley, and how Apple & Microsoft shaped the personal computer industry.

Writing Style:

Walter Isaacson is a biography man. He has written biographies of Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and Henry Kissinger. His writing style is simple yet effective. The book will at times astonish you, and at times make your eyes wet. It surprisingly has no technical jargon, which makes it a pleasurable read.

My Thoughts:

While in college, I had a vague idea about Steve Jobs; his commencement address at the Standford University had greatly impressed me. It wasn’t until I bought my first Mac that I got interested in Apple and the man behind it.

I find biographies boring, after all they are a secondhand experience of someone whom we like and want to know about, and the author may inflict his own judgement. But this one is a true biography – Isaacson has merely arranged the data in a chronological order.

Being an Apple fan, this book was an emotional journey for me. I recommend it to people who love Apple, and also to those who desire to understand the true meaning of success.

My Rating: ★★★★☆

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