An Awesome Book about an Extraordinary Individual
- Hardcover: 656 pages
- Published: October 24, 2011
- Language: English
- Read it: Fall 2011
- My Rating: 5 of 5 (A detailed book that is surprisingly brief and extremely well written)
I love a well written book. This is one of them. It is an amazing book about an amazing person. Granted, you will reach half way through the book and be convinced that Jobs is a jerk with every sense of the word. However, you’ll know that he’s a jerk who got things done.
The book took us down the path of the creation of Apple, the ouster of Jobs from it in the 1980’s and his creation of NeXT and Pixar, and finally to his second coming to Apple. It explains clearly the stories that lead to Jobs’s hate of Microsoft and his semi-respect for Bill Gates. Google and Eric Schmidt, Google’s former CEO, started out as a partner of Apple and Jobs but turned to enemies towards the end of his life. He felt betrayed by Schmidt, who was also a board member of Apple, since he lead Google into competition with Apple when Apple stayed away from Google’s territory–namely, online search. His hate for Google lead him to vow to destroy Android. Both his hate for Microsoft and Google stemmed from the same reason; that both, according to Jobs, stole Apple’s ideas. The first being the graphical user interface and the latter being the iPhone design and the multi-touch user interface. Nevertheless, in the final days of his life, he did allow Google’s founder and current CEO, Larry Page, to come to his house and did offer him some advice as to how to be an effective company leader–which was a nice gesture from Jobs’s part. Sadly, the world did lose a great man last October who did make a positive impact on out lives.
The author, Walter Isaacson, does a great job in capturing the emotions of the periods and the stories he’s telling us. Although the book is sanctioned by Jobs himself, it is surprisingly honest. For example, he explains thoroughly why Microsoft did not really steal anything from Apple and Isaacson tried to explain the two sides of the arguments objectively. Something tells me that this is not the last we have seen of Isaacson about Jobs. The book is too brief and there is definitely more that can be said about Jobs and his life. All in all, I had a great time reading this book and did not want for it to end.