Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs

By Walter Isaacson

  • Release Date: 2011-10-24
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 21,062 Ratings


Walter Isaacson’s “enthralling” (The New Yorker) worldwide bestselling biography of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs.

Based on more than forty interviews with Steve Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than 100 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, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in 21st 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. 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.

Steve Jobs is the inspiration for the movie of the same name starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels, directed by Danny Boyle with a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin.


  • The best Biography

    By Laxy9
    I suppose everyone should read about a person like Steve Jobs — not just his obsession with perfection, giving back to the world as a way of appreciating what others had done for us, great art etc… not just the good things… but also learn about the short comings in the character, and how it can be overcome with time and become a better human as we evolve. I would recommend reading this book along with Becoming Steve Jobs!
  • Here’s to the crazy ones

    By drtgaither
    One of the best biographies I’ve ever read.
  • Great book

    By coletmiller
    Helps releasize how Steve Jobs acted when he was young to his passing. He never really changed and help challenge people to their fully potential.
  • Beautiful and insightful

    By 3pleAlex
    Greatest biography ever written.
  • Here’s to the ones crazy enough to Change the world

    By 0ll!3
    What an amazing read. This book is a must read! Learning all the things of someone who influenced the world around you is just inspiring.
  • A genius.. very inspiring

    By Mr. Mike500
    Excellent book. A well written look at the person and company who changed our world. A inspirational real life account of how Steve Jobs took Apple from a small garage in a residential neighborhood to one of the world’s most valuable companies. A must read for all.
  • Wow

    By Ugwuta Emmanuel ugochukwu
    As Inspiring as the subject
  • Two thumbs up

    By Loki Lothbrok
    I couldn’t put the book down.
  • Jobs

    By Mmmmmmmxmmmmmmm
    hjklcan!t use dictation My hands don’t work well. I spent time w/Einstein when young. Now I’ll read that. T/U Walter.
  • Afrah

    By Apehy
    Thought provoking. A tribute to a man who changed the world for good. Goes to show that we are all humans and misfits in our own right.