Sunday, November 6, 2011

Book review: Steve Jobs

I want to start off by stating that I am writing this post on my MacBook Pro listening to music via iTunes in the background while my iPhone sits on my desk to let me know if anything important happens in the world. 

This book is a very even look at Steve Jobs. It really shows both his passion and dedication to perfection, even on things that no one would ever see or care about. This is what we wish more companies would do when it comes to products and services that we interact with rather then settling for low cost and easy. But he was also a jerk to those around him, including his own family. 

The best thing that I can say about this book though is that it is even handed. Many of these type of books either attempt to present the person as a deity. Which you could make Steve out to be, with all of the amazing pieces of 'magical' products that were released and also the industries that he transformed - such as music, books and movies. Or books like this attempt to vilify the person, which you could do to Steve as well. The way he abandoned his daughter. The way he treated people around him, belittling them, and running roughshod around rules and laws (such as backdating stocks). But this book doesn't do either. 

Steve is a very complex and complicated person. And this book does a good job of navigating the many sides of him in an unblinking manner and allows the reader to make up their mind about him. This is a great book to read to really examine the man who changed so many things and made our lives easier. And you don't have to be a 'techie' to enjoy it. 

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