Steve Jobs

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Simon and Schuster, 2011 - 630 pages
The phenomenal bestseller about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs from the author of the acclaimed biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein.

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than 100 family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson set down the riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. Isaacson’s portrait touched hundreds of thousands of readers.

At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs still stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.

Although Jobs cooperated with the author, he asked for no control over what was written. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. He himself spoke candidly about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues offer an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped Jobs’s approach to business, the innovative products that resulted, and his legacy.
 

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Contents

chapter
1
chapter
21
chapter three
31
chapter four
42
chapter five
56
Dawn of a New Age
71
He Who Is Abandoned
86
chapter eight
92
The Loser Now Will Be Later to Win
305
chapter twentyfive
327
chapter twentysix
340
chapter twentyseven
348
Still Crazy after All These Years
358
Genius Bars and Siena Sandstone
368
chapter thirty
378
The Sound Track of His Life
411

A Man of Wealth and Fame
102
You Say You Want a Revolution
108
Playing by His Own Set of Rules
117
chapter twelve
125
The Journey Is the Reward
135
The Pepsi Challenge
148
A Dent in the Universe
159
When Orbits Intersect
171
Prometheus Unbound
211
Technology Meets Art
238
Love Is Just a FourLetter Word
250
Buzz and Woody to the Rescue
284
What Rough Beast Its Hour Come Round at Last
293
Setting Apple Apart
444
Memento Mori
452
chapter thirtysix
465
chapter thirtyseven
476
chapter thirtyeight
490
chapter thirtynine
511
chapter forty
525
chapter fortyone
538
The Brightest Heaven of Invention
560
Epilogue
573
Sources
579
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Walter Isaacson, University Professor of History at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chairman of CNN, and editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Leonardo da Vinci; The Innovators; Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. Facebook: Walter Isaacson, Twitter: @WalterIsaacson

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