Simon & Schuster will release Steve Jobs’ biography on October 24th, 2012. The book is made up of a compilation of over forty interviews conducted with Jobs over two years as well as interviews with more than one-hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors and colleagues. Written by Walter Isaacson, the biography details his roller-coaster life and long-term illness. The book goes into detail about his intense personality, entrepreneurial passion and ferocious drive when it came to developing Apple products that revolutionized the way we work and communicate today.
“At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.
Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.
Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.”
The BookPal team works on Macs daily and we use Apple servers and iPhones so we are without doubt huge fans of the fruits of Job’s work over the last 30 years. Apple gadgets have made our work life easier, more fun and more efficient. The BookPal team was all saddened by his passing. Who knows what he could have done with 30 more years!