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  • Hardcover: 371 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness (18 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062128256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062128256
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,394,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘One of the most important business stories of our time. Kane brings us inside apple at this critical moment with great insight and unparalleled reporting’ Walter Isaacson, author of ‘Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography’

‘The globe-bestriding computer-maker loses its soul in this lively business history. Former Wall Street Journal technology reporter Kane follows Apple after the 2011 death of founder Steve Jobs as the company’s knack for conjuring breakthrough i-gadgets lapsed into a series of ho-hum upgrades, misfires like the befuddled artificial intelligence app Siri, and interminable patent lawsuits, while market share, profits, and stock price eroded. Kane makes the story a study in CEO leadership styles, contrasting Jobs’s visionary bluster with his successor Tim Cook’s icy bean-counting and the histrionics of Samsung’s “wise emperor” Lee Kun-hee.… Kane unearths plenty of colourful material here, including lawyerly jousting, hilariously lame new-product unveilings, and conference-room psychodramas between bullying execs and grovelling underling …. This well-paced, vividly detailed narrative reveals the machine surrounding the Jobsian ghost at Apple and brings the company’s high-flying mythology down to earth’ Publishers Weekly

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Yukari Kane is a former journalist for the Wall Street Journal, based in San Francisco, and a leading authority on Apple with extensive contacts within the company.

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By Charles TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Mar. 2014
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This books follows Apple before, during and after Steve Jobs's demise.
It ponders the question can Apple continue its trail blazing innovation now Steve is gone?

In October 2003 Steve Jobs was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, his cancer was treatable with surgery but he did not like the idea of people cutting in to his body, so he chose alternative medicine instead. He did not tell the public of his health problems, only his innermost circle knew. The alternative medicine did not work and the following year he underwent surgery to remove part of his pancreas, Jobs sent a email to employees telling them about the surgery but he did not tell them he had left it too late and the doctors had found three liver metastases. He was telling the world he had been cured but he was not.

Speculation about Jobs's continued weight loss caused Apple's share price to fall, but Apple said is was just a common bug not a recurrence of cancer. Worries about deceiving shareholders (this is illegal) lead to Jobs taking medical leave and sending a letter stating his illness was more complex than he originally thought. Tim Cook was left in charge of Apple.

The tumors in Jobs's liver had spread and he needed a new liver, he used his private jet to sign up for transplant in Tennessee which had shorter waiting lists than where he lived. The transplant was successful and Jobs returned to work.

While Jobs had been away Apple had done well, under Cook's leadership teams had been given more freedom over strategy and product development, also Cook did not scream and yell like Jobs but everybody still wanted Jobs back anyway.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By john dillon on 21 Mar. 2014
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This book copies and pastes every other book released about apple in the last 2 years. Quotes lifted from websites and not original interviews.
For a book that is intended to critique Cooks performance it falls flat. No new insight is offered.
All tech buffs are curious about apples future after jobs but this book does not answer this one bit.
The author goes back on apple historical issues like foxconn to pad out a book with nothing new to add.
I was very disappointed.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. D. Manning on 22 Mar. 2014
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Nothing new to see here. Very disjointed and lots of rehashed stories. Pretty poor overall. Avoid if you value your time.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By His Master's Voice on 14 Mar. 2014
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This book isn't so much about Apple after Steve Jobs as is it about meticulously rehashing every event in modern Apple history. The first 10% of the book is entirely about Jobs and rest is unbelievably boring recitals of legal disputes and CSR issues.

The official Jobs biography and Inside Apple are both superb books and worth the effort. This is a lazy collection of news stories pretending to be a book.
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