Jobs – Walter Isaacson

December 20, 2016


Steve Jobs is the biography of Jobs written by Walter Isaacson. It is written to tell the story of how Apple started and its co-founder’s life and what went wrong and right in the company’s development. Almost all of our modern-day cell phones and computer technology was based on or inspired by something Steve Jobs and Apple envisioned, designed, and assembled. During Jobs’s childhood, he would get into a lot of trouble because he was so much smarter than everyone else. He played some pretty crazy pranks, one of which was when he and a friend made an unauthorized “Bring-Your-Pet-to-School” day in elementary school. They made posters and everything and the next day the school was a zoo. He would act out in school because he was just bored. Later in life, his boredom led him to experiment with hallucinogenic drugs and to pursue certain types of religions that discouraged  showering, resulting in body odor. He thought eating natural foods would prevent that body odor but it didn’t work. Ultimately, he smelled, and people were repulsed by him at work. For example, at Atari his stench and his habit of not wearing shoes caused his co workers to hate him so much that he needed to work the night shift to avoid as many people as possible.

I didn’t really like the book all that much. I found it to be pretty repetitive. The structure of the story, how it is written, involves a problem leading to an idea and to eventual success, which is obvious considering how everyone knows Jobs’s legacy.  It was interesting, but the biography is very long, and I just don’t think it’s my style of book. I’m sure other people would like it, but it just wasn’t for me. I would definitely recommend this book to those who appreciate technology. They definitely find this interesting because it was about a man who really turned the world upside down. Also, people who are interested in history would enjoy this text because they can learn about how Jobs revolutionized and advanced the world.


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