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Interesting insights into the Steve Jobs success story,
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For anyone interested in business and design this is a must read; what is so interesting about it is the extent to which the ultimate success and triumph of the man was built on a succession of what can only be described as failures; getting booted out of Apple; the NeXT adventure which can only be described as random and the chance success of Pixar; a revelation inasfar as it was based as the man himself admitted on luck and instinct against the conventional business tools he had acquired as a leader at Apple. This last deal really made the man and his subsequent unparalleled triumphs with Apple were based on the philosophy that he was true to in his business career; namely the preeminence of good design in creating products of unimaginable beauty and simplicity. Given this life story and the eccentricities of the man (esp. his quite awful behaviour at times) it would be hard to produce a book that was anything but interesting. At times it does go too deep and descend into areas that are unnecessary and irrelevant as is the wont of biographies of major US business success stories and leaders who are viewed as demi-Gods; but it certainly brings out the chain of events that made the man the success he was, exposes his strengths and weaknesses and brings more life to a story that a story that has become a part of our culture. You cannot ask for more than that.
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For anyone (say in the UK for instance) who has had anything to do with Apple/Macs from the early arrivals of the first boxes into this market for professional use i.e. for dtp apps etc right at the dawn of the dtp revolution, this is required reading - if you don't see what all the fuss is about then you probably took no part (no matter how small) in that journey. The fact remains though that you cannot OVERSTATE his influence on personal computing and the whole information revolution of the last 25 years - and for those who try to say this is a tame biography think again - I'm only 50% through but if this is really an authorised book posing as an unauthorised version then I would hate to see what would constitute a hatchet job! No way - Isaacson deserves due credit for first of all stating his independence and then proving it with much unflattering reportage from planet Jobs - I very much doubt a better book will ever be written about this subject.
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