I heard this was a good biography, and I like Apple products, so I gave it a chance. Actually, I got it at the library with three other massive books (this one clocks in at 570 pages) and I chose to read it first because I assumed I wouldn’t get past the first page. I WAS SO WRONG. I loved Jobs’ biography, for two main reasons.
Steve Jobs was a fascinating man. Isaacson makes sure to let the readers know Jobs’ passion often turned into screaming fights and insulting appraisals of people’s work. And yet…despite his frequent moments as a jerk, I wound up loving the man. He was intense, brilliant, and focused. When he saw something inadequate, in himself or in others, he did everything in his power to improve it. Although this cost him some relational intimacy, those exact same qualities led him to revolutionize technology, not once or twice, but in every major technological division: personal computers, music, tablets, storefronts, phones, entertainment. He was hard to work for, but 90% of his employees were proud to be on his team because he brought out excellence they never knew they had. Continue reading