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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (16 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408832062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408832066
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Through original interviews, a smart use of source material, and a wonderfully easy-going style, Blumenthal gives a full portrait of Jobs ...This is a smart book about a smart subject by a smart writer. (Ilene Cooper American Library Journal 2012-02-06)

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Inventor. Visionary. Genius. Dropout. Adopted. Founder of Apple. Steve Jobs was all of these things. This is the story of the man who thought different.

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I'm writing this review on my MacBook Pro, whilst listening to music on iTunes. My iPhone sits beside me and my mum is currently using my iPad. I love Apple products and I use them everyday - in fact, I'd feel lost without them. Most of you will either own at least one of Apple's products, or know somebody who does. Even if you don't, you surely must've watched or heard of a Pixar film, such as Toy Story or Finding Nemo. It's pretty clear what sort of impact that Apple and Pixar have had on the world of technology today.

I'm a huge fan of Apple, and as soon as I heard of the biography, entitled Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, I really wanted to pick it up and read all about the company. However, as much of a fan as I am, there was, to simply put it, no way that I was going to read a 600-750 page biography. The book is huge and I'm afraid that I just wouldn't have the patience to read it all - I was intimidated by it. When I was told by Bloomsbury that Karen Blumenthal had written a biography that was aimed at the 'iPhone texting, white-headphone-listening, iTunes downloading generation', I absolutely pounced at the chance to read it. At a much more digestible 320 pages (including photographs) and straight to the point, this gave me just the insight that I wanted into Steve Jobs and Apple's life.

I admit that at the start of the book, I wasn't really getting into it. I think that this was partly because I was learning things that I didn't really know about Jobs - he certainly had a bit of a dark side and was quite fiery, but not in a very good way. I think that it's fantastic that Blumenthal did include all of those harsher details though, as it helped me to get to know what Jobs was really like behind the scenes.
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I bought it because it was on the list of my book club. Although I did not like Mr. Jobs very much I really liked the way his story was told. Not being technological I found everything very clearly explained regarding the products and also the human relationships were well described. I found myself reading bits of it out loud to whomsoever would listen and have now bought it as a gift for my son as a result of gaining his interest inthis way.
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I hadn't known Steve Jobs history so it was interesting to read where he came from and where he went to. Of course I knew his ending before I bought the book. Sad that a genius died in his prime. As for him as a person, I'm not sure whether I like him or not. A flawed character, but then aren't we all? I think it's fine being flawed but it's when your inabilities affect others, that's not the right way to go.

I have people I look up to. People like Bowie, Keith Richards. I can't see myself looking up to Steve Jobs in the same way.
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The book is ok and an easy read but if you want the true depth of Steve Jobs read the sanctioned biography by Walter Isaacson. It's much more in depth and has a little more insight in it.

I read the Isaacson book first and later this one. Truth be told I learnt nothing that wasn't in the better book. It felt very much like the other had page turned the the Isaacson and paraphrased to create their own version.

In essence it's an easy read but it's not the one I'd recommend.
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I liked this unauthorised biography of Steve Jobs. I liked the unauthorised biography of Susan Boyle by Alice Montgomery too. I also read Susan Boyle's autobiography, which I enjoyed as well. Somehow these two unauthorised biographies held more allure for me. The Steve Jobs book was an interesting read. I thought at the beginning the author was anti Steve Jobs, but that impression went away as I progressed through the book. I have a lot of sympathy for the late Jobs, and understand that to lead is often not easy. He could see what was required and went for it. I admire the man. You can't please all the people all of the time? Many who worked for him recognised the need for this sometimes aggressive approach, but wouldn't have had it any other way in retrospect. The cover picture was an attractive feature, enticing me to buy. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Steve Jobs, or if you're just curious. In my opinion it's worth the read.
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Whilst he was uncnventional and no doubt a difficult person, Steve was truly a leader and visionary who changed the world around us fundamentally. This book whilst brief compared to the book by Walter Issacson gives the reader enough of an insight to see how both Jobs and Apple evolved into the force that brough us the ground breaking i products. Well worth a read for those who dont want a blow by blow account of his life but do want enough insight to understand the man
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Good book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was nicely presented, however i am giving 4 stars as sometimes it was confusing because the dates were going forward and backward. But it could just be me.
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A fascinating story of the journey if an amazing man. Not an inventor or indeed a computer genius, but a tweaker. He took ideas and made them simpler and better. Not perfect, but easy for everyone to understand and use. Without a doubt love him or hate him, he revolutionised the technological world and perhaps also made his competitors up there game and create better products as a result. He could be difficult and downright nasty, but he was also an inspirational leader, who sadly died before his time. His legacy goes on too bigger and better things. Read it, you will not be disappointed, I wasn't.
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