Including myself, Apple fans across the globe have mourned the late Steve Jobs. Months ago, when I learned a Steve Jobs biography would be written by Walter Isaacson, I was psyched. A couple years ago, I had read Isaacson’s biography on Einstein (named Einstein), and it became an instant favorite of mine. What’s nice about Isaacson’s writing is his ability to convert the complexities of science and technology into understandable language without actually dumbing it down too much.
I initially waited a few days to read Steve Jobs because I wanted to read the actual hardcover. Maybe its only the nostalgia, but sometimes I want to believe that reading a real book rather than an e-book will somehow be more enjoyable. However, I could wait no longer and downloaded a copy with my Kindle app, not iBooks (sorry Apple!), and began appropriately reading from my iPad.
This book was almost impossible for me to put down. I read it in only a few days, but if I didn’t have little kids running around or manage two businesses, I would have read it in one or two sessions. Steve Jobs is an alluring figure, not only because of his debatable pioneering of major technological movements, but also for his extreme personality and ability to make the biggest comeback in business history.
This man’s life is truly tragic, and I don’t want to reveal any details, but he was undoubtedly an intriguing person. Its no wonder that Sony intends to make a movie based on the book with a screenplay likely written by Aaron Sorkin.
I had already been aware of some details of Job’s life and his miraculous business recovery through an unauthorized book, iCon by Jeffrey Young and William Simon. This is a great read, but is now less powerful due to the release of Isaacson’s work. I still have to recommend it since there are revealing details unavailable in Steve Jobs. I’m pretty sure Apple and Steve himself despised this book, especially Jobs since he was a very private person.
Another encapsulating read is The Pixar Story by David A. Price. There isn’t a huge reference of Steve Jobs in this book, but The Pixar Story obviously intertwines with Jobs and fills in some holes the aforementioned books leave out. The long history of the media group make a very interesting read.
My next read will be book one of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. My kid loves the series, and the movie is on its way to theaters everywhere. I also intend to read Isaacson’s biography on Benjamin Franklin.
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