Book of the Week 11/21/11

After seeing a segment on 60 Minutes about the book Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster, 2011), and hearing mostly good reviews on the late Apple founder’s bio, I had to eventually read it.

While most of the technical aspects of this book are glossed over and more dramatic moments are anticlimactic, other aspects of Steve Jobs give a clear and concise look behind Steve’s formative years, his illness, ambitions, beliefs, and of course, his overall genius.

It’s a Herculean task to fit such an icon’s story into 600 pages, but Isaacson managed to do it fairly well in such a short period of time in order to release Steve Jobs so soon after the death of one of the most innovative corporate leaders of our time.

As Isaacson said in an interview, “Steve was filled with contradictions. He was a counterculture rebel who became a billionaire. He eschewed material objects yet made objects of desire. He talked, at times, about how he wrestled with these contradictions. His counterculture background combined with his love of electronics and business was key to the products he created. They combined artistry and technology.” The aforementioned well summed up Steve Jobs for me.

Steve Jobs is a good biographical work, but if anyone is expecting a wishy-washy account, this book won’t fall in the latter. There’s a few moments that will leave you scratching your head with wonder, and others which will move you to tears. For those wanting to learn more about the brainchild behind Apple, Isaacson’s book will be the closest we’ll get…at least for now.

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