‘Steve Jobs: A Biography’ by Walter Isaacson set for release on Nov. 21, 2011 or Mar. 6, 2012?

Steve Jobs: A Biography by Walter Isaacson is set for publication on November 21, 2011, Barnes & Noble’s website states. The book will be 448 pages.

From the author of the bestselling biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, this is the exclusive biography of Steve Jobs, written with his full cooperation.

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues this book chronicles the rollercoaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

It is also a book about innovation. At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the 21st century was to connect creativity with technology, so he built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.

Steve Jobs: A Biography by Walter Isaacson

Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off limits and instead encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly even foes, former girlfriends, and colleagues he had once fired or infuriated. “I’ve done a lot of things I’m not proud of, such as getting my girlfriend pregnant when I was 23 and the way I handled that,” he said. “But I don’t have any skeletons in my closet that can’t be allowed out.”

Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. Likewise, his friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.

He was not a model boss or human being, tidily packaged for emulation. Driven by demons, he could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is thus both instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.

Source: Barnes & Noble

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MacDailyNews Note: According to Apple’s iBookstore, Steve Jobs: A Biography has an “expected release” date of “March 6, 2012. More info and pre-order link (U.S.16.99) here: Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson.


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  1. Hey, Walter.
    Here’s to a Jobs well done!
    Uh hah hah hah hah…..

    (would be nice to get TWO autographs on this one!)

    BTW, when are you having Al back over for a talk?

  2. Steve Jobs was a great artist. Even better, he gave artists and creative people new tools to create with. His genius has empowered a whole new generation of creative people. He left us too soon. The candle of his genius, burned out too quickly.
    I must agree with Trevor, Premieraudiobooks.com is great. Cheaper and better. They are kind of like your local independent book store of audiobooks. Interesting, knowledgeable and friendly real people. Always with a good suggestion or undiscovered gem. But iTunes and Amazon have the audiobook as well. Jobs was Irreplaceable. Wish he was here to see all the controversy his biography is causing. Just wish we was still here.

  3. Steve Jobs is a great visionary and genius. He himself remained as the great management guru. You can explore his management and leadership qualities in his biography. I recently got his book from iMusti site.

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