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Posted on: August 1, 2011


iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of BusinessiCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business by Jeffrey S. Young

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Gives a good insight into the life of the mn called “Steve Jobs”. Given the phenomenon that he is it will not surprising if one day the word “jobsian” is accepted into the English language with the meaning “Somebody who is extremenly creative with a streak of machoism and some sadism and somebody who epitomizes EGOTISM”.

The book in no way pays homage to Steve Jobs. It seems to be a good “critical appreciation” of the person. It has given a balanced view of Steve jobs as an inventor par excellence on one side and the vengeful persona of Steve Jobs on the other side.

From the book it turns out that Steve Jobs himself has got a great sense of aesthetics, he is of persevering nature, he can be rude to the the point of disgust of others and he can be tight fisted. But at the same time he exudes a suave charm and possesses a charishma which can allure one and all who has not had to face his wrath. Steve Wozniack, his namesake, the geek who helped him the most when all he had was a dream, whom he exploited and then later ditched seems to have forgiven Jobs’ faults, but not many can be as magnanimous after being at the receiving end of Jobs’ wrath.

The book tends become a bit confusing with timelines in the last 100 pages, but otherwiste it is written tautly and is a good read.

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