Walter Isaacson’s biography Steve Jobs is a fascinating description of the life of one of this era’s greatest innovators. Isaacson reveals in detail all aspects of Jobs’ life, from his days playing pranks in high school to running Apple as CEO, from his romances to his illnesses, from the founding of Apple to his ouster and eventual return, and everything in between. Isaacson delves deeply into the intricacies of Jobs’ personality and illuminates an extremely flawed character, which makes Jobs’ legacy that much more interesting. The book is based on numerous interviews with Jobs himself, as well as over 50 of his closest friends, co-workers, employees and enemies. The result is an extremely well informed, fairly unbiased yet emotionally charged telling of Jobs’ life.
Jobs completely revolutionized multiple industries, and the book provides an insiders perspective of how these changes began and came to fruition. Jobs’ life is marked with many milestones, such as the founding of Apple (beginning the personal computer era) and buying Pixar from George Lucas (popularizing animated movies). To relive each of these epic moments from the detailed perspective of Jobs and those closest to him is incredibly interesting.
I highly recommend this book not only to those wishing to learn more about Jobs’ life, but to anyone who has been impacted by the many industries that he helped to reinvent. And if you’re reading this on the Internet through any sort of computerized device, that includes you.