From bestselling author Walter Isaacson comes the landmark biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. In "iSteve: The Book of Jobs," Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs'' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs'' family members, key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, "iSteve" is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.
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Draws on more than forty interviews with Steve Jobs, as well as interviews with family members, friends, competitors, and colleagues, to offer a look at the co-founder and leading creative force behind the Apple computer company.
Written with access to personal and business papers--as well as to family, friends and adversaries--this comprehensive biography of the late Steve Jobs is destined to be definitive. Jobs himself gave the project his go-ahead, and he promised there would be no interference. Walter Isaacson is the author of several highly regarded biographies, including those of Einstein and Franklin. Like them, Jobs was a visionary who changed the world he lived in and whose achievements outlast him.
Walter Isaacson has won critical acclaim for his biographies of such figures as Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs. "The best way to convey ideas and values is through the tales of people. That's been true since the Bible," he has told interviewers. Isaacson, who holds degrees from Harvard College and Oxford University, began his professional career as a newspaper reporter, and in 1978 he joined the staff of Time magazine, ultimately working his way up from political correspondent to managing editor. He has also held leadership posts at CNN and the Aspen Institute. Despite the demands of those high-profile positions, Isaacson, who lives in Washington, D.C., finds time to regularly publish well-regarded and comprehensive biographies. His 2007 book on Einstein was a favorite of Apple founder Steve Jobs, who handpicked Isaacson to be his biographer. (Although Isaacson initially refused, believing that Jobs was too young and had too many accomplishments ahead of him to warrant a book-length biography, he relented when he realized that the tech entrepreneur, then ill with cancer, might not have long to live.) Jobs was, Isaacson realized, exactly the type of subject he found fascinating. "Sometimes we divide people, the people who are the science geeks and the people who are the humanities geeks," he has explained. "[But] in some ways it's the combination of the humanities and the science that leads to great creativity. You see that in Ben Franklin, you see it in Albert Einstein, and you see it, of course, in Steve Jobs." The Jobs biography, published in 2011, sold almost 400,000 copies in its first week alone and was among the top-selling books of the year.
"Jobs was an American original, and Isaacson's impeccably researched, vibrant biography--fully endorsed by his subject--does his legacy proud."
"Isaacson's exhaustively researched but well-paced, candid and gripping narrative gives us a great warts-and-all portrait of an entrepreneurial spirit--and one of the best accounts yet of the human side of the computer biz."