The Great American Biography,
This review is from: Steve Jobs (Hardcover)
I should disclose: I do not own a single Apple product and dislike biographies. That said this might be one of the greatest books I have ever read. Walter Isaacson brings Jobs to life in ways rivaling any literary character of the past generation. Jobs is neither hero nor villain, but human - he is detestable yet we root for him. Jobs plays Hamlet, in this American story of the past half century.
Do not let the technology scare you off. This book is more human than inanimate. In fact so was Jobs - a designer and philosopher rather than a technocrat. The tech landscape of the last few decades of the 20th century was a battle between industry and artistry. With Jobs as the quixotic figure representing art.
Isaacson is an amazing writer. He has carefully crafted a narrative - not routed by a timeline but rather thematic episodes. Apple II, Family, Fatherhood, Relationships, His Past. A chapter here or there on computer technology quickly turns back to the madness of Jobs persona. Isaacson captures all of Jobs idiosyncrasies and contradictions in subtle thematic writing that builds a coherent ethos.
In the end Isaacson does for Jobs what Jobs did for computers and technology - "end to end tightly integrated experience."