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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Posted on: July 5, 2012

Steve JobsSteve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fantastic book that almost everybody should read. Gives a very good insight into the life of Steve Jobs and how he has gone about the legendary status that he has enjoys today.
In places it is a touching story of an abandoned child growing up knowing that he has been abandoned. But one cannot say that he did not have his share of love from the parents who adopted him.
In places it reeks of sadism (not physical) which possibly can be diagnosed as a psychological result of being abandoned or possibly his inheritance from his father who abandoned both his children from his first wife, without much remorse.
What stands out is his ability to envision products and services that will attract users, his ability to negotiate with his employees and vendors.
The book traces the entire life of Steve Jobs without any any sugar coating. It is surprising that Steve did not interfere with the writing of this book as his wont with everything else in his life. The author also has made no attempt to analyze the character of Steve Jobs anywhere in the book and at ends the book with words from the horse’s mouth as to his key thoughts and philosophies which includes some justification for the way he has behaved the way he has.
Whether one will become an Apple fan or become a critic of Apple depends on the point of view of the reader. The book contains fact and the interpretation is left to the reader.

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