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In this tedious parody of the life of Apple founder Steve Jobs, the pseudonymous Fake Steve Jobs (identified in the New York Times this month as Forbes senior editor Daniel Lyons) offers a gleeful sendup of the real Steve Jobs set amid the recent stock options backdating scandal. Throughout, the fake Steve pontificates on everything from his superior management skills (only promote stupid people) to his role in the development of the iPhone (it involves a lot of non-thinking meditation), and is portrayed as a cold, callow narcissist. Blissfully unaware of the legal firestorm raging around him, a mathlexic Fake Steve goes about his daily business, balancing meditation with the firing of employees while the Apple board of directors scrambles to avoid prison time and find a scapegoat. As the fictitious Apple corporation implodes, Fake Steve must decide whether to jump ship or stand by the company. Tech industry watchers who know (or know of) the players will get a kick out of seeing them skewered, but readers who aren't already tuned in to the Silicon Valley technocracy may not quite get it. Fake Steve doesn't really evolve as a character, but as a grotesque caricature, he's fun to watch. (Oct.)
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Funniest book I have read in years. I am not aware if it is still in print but I haven't laughed this hard reading a book in years. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eric Silver
I bought this book after reading the author's Fake Steve blog on a bus in London one night. I could not stop laughing for the whole journey - it was embarrassing! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jay Versluis
Really fun read and well-written by Dan Lyons who's been part of the HBO Silicon Valley Season 2 writing team. Check it out, you'll like it.Published 11 months ago by Halley Suitt
like really really it is so funny
if you like to laugh you will love this book I swear
This was a terrific book. I read it on my lunch hour at work everyday over the past month and would always find myself laughing at something in it. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by Jon
A true gem to read. Daniel Lyons had me laughing throughout. Highly recommend. You will not be disappointed. Makes you wonder how much was real and how much was made up.Published on January 18, 2013 by Jim
I dont know when this book was published but this is very wrong. why anyone would make fun of the recently deceased Embodiment of the American Spirit, or the main focus of his life... Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by dudeguyman
I ran across a reference to this book when I read what was actually a pretty favorable review, from 2010 and by Daniel Lyons, of Apple's employment of vertical integration in the... Read morePublished on April 16, 2012 by Robert Chamberlain
I didn't know a thing about the Fake Steve blog every review is talking about, but still enjoyed the book. Read morePublished on February 24, 2011 by D. rice