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Book Review: Steve Jobs By Walter Isaacson

Book Review of Steve Jobs

Written by Walter Isaacson, the book titled Steve Jobs is a biography on the American innovator and business magnate Steve Jobs. Walter has been previously associated with TIME, CNN, and Aspen Institute. He is an author, professor, and journalist.  Two of his other best biographies include that of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein.

The book is based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years.  The interviews also included more than one hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues of Steve Jobs. His life is inspiring as Steve was an innovative thinker and creative entrepreneur who transformed many digital industries. Jobs life is an example of focus, leadership, innovation, perfectionism, and the importance of having a vision. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to gain real insights into Steve Jobs’s life.

It is to be noted that Walter wrote this biography at Steve Jobs’s request. It was released on October 24, 2011, 19 days after his death. Steve Jobs was fighting a battle against pancreatic cancer.

Steve Jobs Early Life

Steven Paul Jobs was an American inventor, designer, businessperson, and entrepreneur. He was the co-founder, chief executive, and chairman of Apple Computer. Apple’s products like iPod, iPhone, and iPad have revolutionized modern technology. Steve Jobs was born on February 24, 1955, in San Francisco, California to two the University of Wisconsin graduate students named, Abdulfattah Jandali and Joanne Schieble.  Later, they gave him up for adoption. Paul and Clara Jobs adopted Steve Jobs.

Steve’s Trip to India

Steve Jobs was smart but directionless. He enrolled at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. However, he dropped out of college after six months to experiment with different pursuits. In 1974, he worked as a video game designer with Atari. He worked there for several months and later left the job to find spiritual enlightenment.  Along with his college friend Daniel Kottke, he traveled to India. They wanted to visit Neem Karoli Baba in search of inspiration. His experiences in India led him to return to the US with a shaven head and a Buddhist monk. According to Steve, his faith in human intelligence and technology was rejuvenated post his trip to India.

In 1976, he ended up co-founding Apple with his friend Steve Wozniak. Apple’s tagline ‘Think Different’  was a result of his spiritual learnings in India. However, Jobs left the company in 1985 and went on to launch Pixar Animation Studios. A decade later, he returned to Apple.

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