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Fortune the Legacy of Steve Jobs 1955-2011: A Tribute from the Pages of Fortune Magazine Hardcover – November 15, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Liberty Street (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161893001X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1618930019
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Loyd Eskildson HALL OF FAME on November 20, 2011
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'Fortune' named Jobs CEO of the decade in 2009; this book contains a number of articles about Jobs/Apple from prior issues over a three decade period. His innovations began with the Apple II, and also included his insistence from the beginning that computers could be sold to consumers, Macintosh's GUI (copied from Xerox's PARC) changing the way people interacted with computers, opening the first Apple store (Gateway's failed - but it lacked Apple's range of innovative and popular products), creating the iPod and iTunes, and convincing recording studios to sell music by the song through iTunes, the iPhone that battered RIM and Nokia, the iPad (others said consumers would not carry more than one device), and Apple's recent provision of iCloud services. En route, Jobs co-founded a 34,000 employee company and then took it from near bankruptcy in 1997 after a 12-year hiatus to world-leading $350 billion valuation in 2011 - after first replacing most of Apple's Board of Directors and some of its management team, Apple's then outdated operating system, eliminating most of its then product line, and implementing drastic cost-cutting. Jobs also eschewed focus groups ("If I'd asked people what they wanted, they would have said 'A faster horse.'" - Henry Ford), and championed vertical integration - hardware, software, operating system, and retail stores all under Apple's control, micromanagement, simple, stylish design, and high hiring standards. Failure was quickly 'rewarded' - eg. 'MobileMe' project leaders were immediately replaced after Jobs became aware of its problems.

Reality, however, is that Jobs invented nothing, despite a number of patents - his real contribution was creating an environment in which carefully targeted creativity succeeded.
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Contrary to many commemorative editions, this tribute to the life of Steve Jobs from the pages of Fortune Magazine is truly valuable.

It's an instructive and enjoyable read that includes 17 Fortune articles dating all the way back to 1983. These are organized into five chapters: What Made Steve Tick, The Early Years, The Return to Apple, The "i" Years, and Epilogue.

The result is a riveting amalgam of history and analysis that Apple aficionados will not want to be without.

It's a stylish presentation with great illustrations - one that Steve himself would likely have approved of.

Were that the case it would be a high recommendation indeed.
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Reading "Fortune the Legacy of Steve Jobs 1955-2011" is one of the most fascinating stories I've ever read in my life. The unconventional life he has led seems to be one of a kind. He has connected the best of the east and the west. In my opinion, he has contributed more to the world than any of the religions currently on this earth. Steve, I wish you were here longer, because you would have created more sophisticated and beneficial gadgets for mankind. You tapped the best in the people you selected, and THANK YOU for making our lives better!!! Hope your kids will start from where you left...:o)!!! You have made full use of your 56 years on this earth; and thanks for setting such a great example!!! One of your grateful fans wishing you a world of happiness wherever you are... :o)
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Steve Jobs will be remembered as one of the real giants of the computer revolution. Certainly not the nicest guy (I would have hated to work for him) but a unique character who truly believed in himself and his vision. This book is a great introduction to the man and his work.
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Jobs was well ahead of his time, as it is laid out in "his legacy," by the editors of Fortune Magazine. Excellent perspectives taken, and collected in this book.
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The more you can read about Steve the more interesting it is, Steve was very creative and exciting to get to know and work for !
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Just what I wanted & needed...
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