“I felt disturbed reading the brief prologue of ‘iCon,’ with its play-by-play of the crazed reaction of the crowd at the January 2000 Macworld convention when Jobs announced he was taking the title of CEO — the same scene I used in my similarly brief prologue to ‘Second Coming.’ Then I relaxed while the next 135 pages were basically a condensed version of Young’s earlier bio (which drew much of its best material from Moritz’s ‘Little Kingdom’). Then, on Page 138, it began to seem as if Young had reached the end of his previous book — and had begun to condense my book. That page tells the anecdote of Jobs’ blind date with Diane Keaton, then describes his longtime girlfriend, Tina Redse, and their steamy relationship — and it all seems to come right from my book. Six pages later, ‘iCon’ cribs my narrative of Jobs’ first meeting with Jeffrey Katzenberg, who was head of animation at Disney at the time,” Alan Deutschman, author of “The Second Coming of Steve Jobs” writes for The San Francicso Chronicle.
“The next chapter, about the origins and rise of Pixar, reads a lot like my chapter on the same topic, which was the best part of my book. It’s irritating to see detailed descriptions of key characters and entire narrative scenes — sometimes at climactic points in the story — re-created with just enough extraneous ornamentation and language changes to avoid being outright rip-offs,” Deutschman writes.
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