Steve Jobs Biography by Walter Isaacson

Posted on July 29, 2012 08:34 pm

 

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Gloss cover version of the book
Same book without gloss cover
Same book without gloss cover

This book is an authorized biography, commissioned by Steve Jobs shortly after he was diagnosed with cancer in 2003. Jobs was known for controlling nature and defense of his privacy and was eager to see what Isaac had written about him.I read the book over the beginning of the year and if I could express my summary of the book I would describe Steve Jobs as a genius with no inter-personal skills but a visionary that we should respect on another level that we cannot comprehend. Jobs was an individual whose early day’s seemed to be more affecting to others around him than him. One of the most interesting observation is how he used two examples of why market research was not relevant. Did Alexander Graham Bell ask anyone if the phone was a good idea?I do not think so.In Henry Ford auto biography,I can recall he was asked about consumer wishes and his reply was “If I had asked what consumers wanted, they would have said “a faster horse”.My niece 3 year old son has been using her Mum’s iPad to browse the web open movies, enjoy the electronic age and express herself for the last few months.

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At the beginning of the book its an iconic image of Steve Jobs
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His childhood wasn’t a cakewalk
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Design was his thing from the onset

While reading the book,I realized how echnology begets the future and Jobs sketched the next phase in the evolution of lame-brained population of creatures called human beings. The headquarters of Apple where I have been fortunate to have been there in Silicon Valley, are located in a galactic street called Infinite Loop and Jobs felt at home in such an abstract location.Jobs preferred non-colour was white and transparent buildings he helped design had spiral staircases of glass shaped like coils of DNA. Jobs believed, “enlightened”, was a luminary to be ranked with Albert Einstein in my own opinion.There is no doubt the books highlight how Jobs lived his dream and there was no compromise and he knew what he wanted and he got it. The sign of a great leader is someone who can take the ideas of others and utilize them for themselves.I love Apple products, but at the same time I hate the control Jobs fixed over the majority of those people who use them.Jobs created was a double edged sword of control over users’ lives.

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I liked the photo caption while at Stanford in 1982
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He is seen here closing the deal with Bill Gates on phone
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Steve Jobs with his wife

Not all is laid bare in the book because at the heart of it is one unsolved mystery on why was Jobs that way. Jobs’ infamous egotism, narcissism, and antisocial behavior has not been well highlighted.The author want us to remember only the good things about the late visionary businessman and designer, who left an indelible mark on the computer, film and music industries.Me, I don’t mind remembering Jobs as a visionary. The worst part of the man goes into the grave and the best part of him survives. I am however very impressed by how I cleansed myself from jobsession which is word used to describe people who are obsessed with Steve Jobs and his products.There is no doubt that Jobs was a true innovator and his name will go down in computing history just like Walt Disney did in cartoons.The book also proves that Jobs’ attitude towards his authorized biography was equivalent of Cromwell’s about his portrait who demanded that he be painted “warts and all.” I know some egos are so self-assured that they appear humble.In my conclusion,without him the current consumer computing and personal technology revolution would barely have moved forward.Jobs may not have invented everything but he was the one that pulled all the vision, talent and people together and pointed it in the right direction. Even visionary people gets buried and their dreams live on.And that’s how it is going to be with Jobs.

The back gloss cover of the book
The back gloss cover of the book

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