"Steve Jobs" arrives on bookshelves, iPads & Kindles on Monday. Currently it is number one on the Amazon top 100 books, and it's been there for 43 days. Pretty amazing considering it's not yet even been released. From what we are seeing leaked about the book we are going to learn details we never knew. We may confirm beliefs we never could before. Most of all millions of Steve Job's admirers will get one last look at the man who would be king of technology in both the 20th century and the 21st century. Genius like his will be seen again, but probably not in my lifetime, maybe not even in my children's lifetime. I also think that we really won't understand Steve Job's genius for many years to come, or his ability to see into the hearts and minds of consumers.
He didn't achieve world peace, or win a great war. He didn't event a life saving drug or write the great american novel. He did though change the world, and did it a few times over. He didn't do it alone. No person changes the world alone. What he did do was have the vision and the insight. He chose the right people. He made the right decisions most of the time. He was a leader. He may have been an ass to some. He may have been obnoxious to others. There is no denying that he created a company that has had a major impact on the world of technology, then returned to save that very same company and in the process not only impact the world of technology but also the world of entertainment, communication and news.
I for one look forward to reading his biography. I hope, as this review indicates, that it doesn't pull any punches; telling it as it was. You can tell the merit of a man without learning about his strengths his foibles. ‘Steve Jobs’ by Walter Isaacson - Review
Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs is a clear, elegant and concise book of record.