Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (10)

Steve Jobs: A Biography
by Walter Isaacson
Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group Hardcover
ISBN 9781451648539
448 pages
Release Date: October 24, 2011
Synopsis from Goodreads

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.
Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.
Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.
Available for Pre-Order 

Why I am waiting....
As a long time Apple user, I was incredibly saddened to learn of the loss of Steve Jobs last week. His innovation has been so influential on my life and the world. So this book is a ‘must read’ for me. I can’t wait.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine in which we spotlight upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating!


  1. What a great pick! I don't read many biographies but I can see how this is very relevant right now and would certainly be a must read for you when he had such an impact on your life. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Oh cool. I'm also a long time Apple user. My last Powerbook G4 lasted me 8 years. Now I'm on a Macbook Pro and their products are beyond amazing.

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  3. A must-read for me, as well!

  4. I use a MacBook laptop computer. Before that I had a computer with Windows, I wouldn't trade my MacBook, I love it.

  5. So many people lives were changed by Steve Jobs. Old follower. This looks like it will be an interesting biography. Come visit me over at Livre De Amour-Books of Love Blog.