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Book Review: Steve Jobs

December 22, 2011

Released October 24th, 2011

Page count: 656 pages

Size: 9.5” x 6.5”

Steve Jobs

By Walter Isaacson

Published by Simon & Schuster

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Steve Jobs Book Review by Erin V.  

In his introduction to the book, author Walter Isaacson explains briefly  how he was first approached by Steve Jobs in 2004 and how the writing of the biography came to be.  What follows is an extremely insightful and well-written book that gives us a rare look into what the life of the often secretive Steve Jobs was like.

The publication date for the book was moved up a few months to the end of October after Steve Jobs’s unfortunate passing earlier that month.  Widely available, the book has now sat in the number one spot on book charts since it’s release, so it should be fairly easy to find a copy.

Based on forty interviews with Jobs over two years as well as interviews with hundreds of colleagues, adversaries, family, and friends, Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson is neither too harsh on him, nor too sympathetic.  Rather it presents his life story in such a novel way that the facts and story speak for itself, allowing us to actually become invested as we read.  Along with the human stories, we also get a history of the development of the computer industry, (and Jobs’s role in it), as well as the history of his role Pixar.

Coming in at over 600 pages, it is a complicated story of a complicated man, but taking the time to read it in order from beginning to end is rewarding.  It is a rare feat to keep a reader interested for such a length, but Isaacson succeeds here.  And by the end of the book, there is no doubt that Steve Jobs was a fascinating public figure who helped to change the course of computing history.


To find out more about Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, or other books, visit Simon & Schuster’s website here.  The Steve Jobs biography is available in stores now.  

This review has been written on an iMac 

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