Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a 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. 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 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 this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted. Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.
Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been ch airman of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and of Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter.
@ 李綦周 less is more~ @ 白菜小姐牧羊曲 守岁中看完。聪明的人做企业家，天才创造企业过年好各位豆友 @ 风某人 当你觉得他人的翻译不靠谱的时候，最好读一手文字。 @ bayer04 这书好全简直是一部个人电脑发展史硅谷英豪传UI设计入门皮克斯发展始末及其它，乔布斯一个切点设计好多有趣的事，一边看一边各种查各种感叹，嗲。 @ 零零 五味杂陈，还记得大概三四年前读了前三分之一，震惊jobs如此jerk，现在读到最后哭笑不得，在病房里指责氧气罩设计的太烂，跟医生开会要教人家用keynote。他全身心投入到事业中，充满使命感，科技圈最有人文关怀的。可惜后面内容确实有点仓促，或者那些故事我们太熟悉了。 @ Pink Martini Loved it. Understood Job’s talent and struggle a lot more. Indeed the world needs special type of people to sacrifice their happiness to move the world forward. Jobs is one of those people. @ 是小乙啊 读到最后真的有一种巨星陨落的遗憾感，谢谢你给这个世界带来的改变。 @ DOKA 高中时期就想读，拖到现在，惭愧1)Steve很能分清目的和手段，并从不迷路 2）盖茨是个businessman 3) 电脑，互联网，3D动画都是Steve enable的 4）top people很重要 5）what’s next很重要，Steve没有被force out打倒 @ 热雨林 本来准备两个星期读完的，没想到搞到一个月才读完(真的不应该呀。[Being a rebel the whole life.] @ Mirage 可能自己看的译本不好，台湾版据说要雅致一些，有机会要找来读读。