Walter Isaacson
Simon & Schuster, New York, 2011, English
Nonfiction, Product/Industrial Design
9.3 x 6.3 x 1.7 inches, 656 pages, hardcover
ISBN: 9781451648539
Suggested Retail Price: $35.00

From the Publisher. Based on more than 40 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.

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Gail Anderson
Jeffrey Beers

An astute and captivating biography of a true visionary.

Temple St. Clair

I found the story of Jobs completely inspiring, especially his defiant refusal to compromise on design and quality. His personal habits were quirky but his overall vision impeccable. So sad that he is gone.

Alissa Walker

What hasn’t already been said about Steve Jobs? As it turns out, quite a lot. By now most of the spoilers in Walter Isaacson’s sprawling biography have found their way onto the blogs—Steve did acid! Steve threw tantrums!—but there’s still much to be gleaned from this truly captivating tale. Although Steve Jobs may be maddening to some who will wish Isaacson's voice aimed higher on the design-savvy spectrum, the book is at its best when the sometimes unbelievable story speaks for itself. It’s impossible not to be entranced as we witness the birth of the Mac’s graphical user interface or watch Jobs rehearse endlessly for his iconic presentations. There’s plenty to mine when it comes to innovation and branding and product development, yes. But it’s more than that. Jobs spent a lifetime building technology for artists. And designers, as those who have benefited from this process the most, should know the fascinating story behind their tools.

Carola Zwick
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