Reading this book has sparked posts about Apple’s Path to Success and The Next Steve Jobs, but that’s not what I want to talk about here. I want to talk about the book itself, rather than Jobs. It’s a worthwhile topic, I have to admit I was skeptical about reading a book on Jobs. I thought the author might have a tendency to focus on his personal life and/or not full grasp the technological implications of what Jobs did. Instead, Isaacson did a masterful job painting a clear picture of Jobs.
The chapters and phases of his life were broken up exactly the way Jobs would have seen them, not by weddings, births, deaths, moves, graduations, etc… but by products and companies with the personal stuff filling in as details. He talks about how the products came together, because the story of Jobs life is really the story of a set of products (and don’t say that’s sad, Steve would disagree). He also displayed a better than average understanding of what some of the strong and week points of Apple’s products were. Why some people became fan boys and others became haters. If you want a good view of Job’s life and work (not that the two can be separated), I highly recommend this book.