Steve Jobs

Walter Isaacson

Rating: 4/5

Steve Jobs-Walter Isaacson

Orphaned at a young age and shunned as an outsider, Steve Jobs’ story is one that has impacted us greatly in our daily lives. But can this man who did so many great things be a good man? Steve was born in San Francisco, California, but it was not his biological parents that gave him a home. Instead, he was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs. Steve never really got over being given away. Was he not good enough for his parents? Why had they given him away? These unanswerable questions made Steve shun others. He wanted everyone else to feel the pain he felt at being rejected by his biological parents. Devoted to Buddhism, Steve lived a simple life, needing only the basics. Even after he earned billions of dollars, he refused to buy the fancy homes and other luxuries his co-workers indulged in. To onlookers, Steve seemed to have the perfect life. He was smart, had caring family, and was extremely wealthy. But Steve was riding on an emotional rollercoaster. He was prone to suddenly start crying at inappropriate times or be relentlessly cruel when he disagreed. However, despite his flaws, there was something special about Steve. He was charming, smart and creative. As he said, “Here’s to the crazy ones! Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” And there was no one crazier than Steve.

Social/Historical context:

The biography of Steve Jobs follows Steve through his unique and inspirational life; right until the very end. It captures his failures and successes. Steve’s life demonstrates the strength of perseverance and the refusal to hear the word ‘no’. Most importantly, it shows what dedication and passion can really do.

Writing Style:

Written in the third person with lots of interviews, Isaacson managed to capture Steve’s life in a single novel. Although the book was heavily weighed down by facts, Isaacson still wove in flashes of insightful commentary about Steve. Having the interviews really helped readers get a good picture of the real Steve Jobs.

My Thoughts:

A tad boring and occasionally repetitive, Steve Jobs was definitely not an action story or a romance novel. Instead, it was a tale of a man who had a dream. It was engaging to see the life of a rich and successful man and how he worked his way to ultimate success. Steve was an “out of the box” kind of person. It was interesting to see how people reacted to his sporadic personality. He wasn’t afraid to show his own emotions and he wasn’t afraid to dream farther than anyone else had ever thought to go. Walter Isaacson captured Steve perfectly. He didn’t hesitate to show Steve’s flaws or his emotional issues. But Isaacson also made sure that he highlighted Steve’s successes too, of which there are many. Most importantly, he proved that everyone is human, even genius billionaires.

Book Reviewed by Sarah Wissmann

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