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Not as Insightful as Hoped
on March 18, 2010
I'm a huge fan of Apple, Steve Jobs, and have been fascinated by the company for years, so the appeal of this book was that it would provide some amazing insights into the evolution of the company, but unfortunately it was disappointing.
As mentioned the book itself is a revised version of Michael Moritz's highly acclaimed 1984 book "The Little Kingdom: The Private Story of Apple Computer", the original book was fantastic and based on the title and description, I could not wait to get Moritz's insights into the way Apple evolved from the early years, learning more on Apple after Steve Jobs left and how the company learned from those experiences to re-establish itself as the premier technology company I know and love. Unfortunately the book is really just a reprint of the original with an additional 20 page epilogue about the period from 1984-today. If you are looking to learn about today's Apple and how it re-established its brand you'll be extremely disappointed.
The book itself is insightful about the infancy of Apple Computer and provides interesting insights into the key players of its success in the early days. At times it jumps around between scenes past and present in a manner that is not necessarily fluid and a bit difficult to follow. It does a good job discussing how a company goes from a start-up in a garage to an industry leader, as well as how the sheer strength of Steve Jobs' personality helped push the company further than anyone ever imagined.
All in all the book was interesting, but having read a number of books on the beginnings of Apple Computer I was much more interested in the rebuilding years and how the company reinvented itself, which to me is a far more compelling and insightful story, and I was really disappointed.