After a year of reading (and forgetting to finish) the monstrously comprehensive biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, I am proud to say that last night I finally finished the book.
Coming in at 656 pages, this book delves into every epoch of Jobs’ Apple journey. I was impressed that Isaacson not only covered Job’s childhood comprehensively but also gave background history of both Jobs’ birth parents and adoptive parents. These details while seemingly negligent are important to understanding Jobs’ notoriously combative and at times destructive personality.
Unlike the two movies on Jobs’ life, this book does not present a one sided analysis focused on his famous tirades. While Isaacson makes sure to include Jobs’ personality flaws in the book for the sake of realism, he also makes sure to show the more human and vulnerable sides of Jobs’ life, from his struggles to rekindle a relationship with his daughter Lisa to his fears of leaving his family and of course Apple behind as he struggled with pancreatic cancer.
Reading this book I was at times so inspired by Jobs’ story that I convinced myself I had chosen the wrong area of study and should go back to school to become a software engineer. After coming back to my senses (and remembering I can’t write error free code to save my own life) I realize now that I probably was just entranced by the effective, whimsical and well organized prose that Isaacson put together in this lovely book.
I would say if you are looking for a book to be your companion for the next year or so in coffee shops, bedside tables and the like, you should pick up this book too.
Happy Reading 🙂