Takeaway: It seem a rule of life that great people are also greatly broken people.
Steve Jobs is one of the few books that I have read recently that is being widely read by a number of people in my life. I keep asking people what they think about it and while there are a range of responses, no one I have asked is short on opinions.
Isaacson has painted a compelling story. I read his earlier book on Einstein, and while I enjoyed it and learned a lot, Jobs’ biography is even more compelling. I am not sure why that is true. Part of the reason is that I have lived part of Jobs’s life. He is only 17 years older than I am. I have always been interested in computers but always on the PC side of things. Then I bought an iPad. And then a MacBook Air. Then replaced my iPad with an iPad 2 (and then went back to the iPad 1). Now I have an iPhone (as does my wife).
Reading this book, you have a hard time not appreciating (and desiring) Apple products. This book is almost as much about Apple as it is about Jobs. I think it is a bit too much about Apple especially the last third of the book that wants to tell us every little movement that Apple made (it did not need a whole section on iCloud or the problems with the iPhone 4 antenna). But Apple was Jobs’ life, so maybe that is the way it had to be.
One twitter friend said this was one of the saddest books he had ever read. I understand his point, but I do not agree. Tragic, yes; sad, no. It is tragic because Jobs’ ability to ignore what he did not want to believe. This me