Sunday, December 11, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: STEVE JOBS by Walter Isaacson

First off, this is not a review of the book in terms of what it is about. (We all know WHO it is about) This is a review about 1) the book's content 2) The writing and 3) The perspective the author wrote the book since this is a biography. I will also like to note that I have never read any of Walter Isaacson's previous books.

*And also on PAGE 563, 10 sentence from the top, the text reads "use if its features." I think the author meant "use of its features." and if I am correct, I hope the reprints will have this little error changed.

STEVE JOBS by Walter Isaacson: This book is numbered till 630 pages but in actual fact, contains 656 pages. The size and content should have you clicking the "ADD THIS TO CART" button straight away. The material is excellent. It covers all the details of the genius' life and gives you lots of perspective; 1)how everyone around him sees him, 2) how Steve jobs sees himself and 3) how the author sees him. You also get the full deal on Steve Jobs' thought process. There will be occasions where the timeline goes back and forth on a certain event or topic but the writing by the author makes the reading smooth and easy to follow for the audience. The author also re-emphasizes things to get you on track of what happened during which year but I wished he would have cut them down by 5%. Each chapter gets you hooked and wanting to read more. Even when I got to the end of the book, (mind you, 600++ pages) I still wanted more. This is not just a book about the life of a genius, it is a book that contains many other perspective of corporate decisions, risk taking and how people inspire each other through challenges. This is a gem. Highly recommended.

With that being said, this however, would be a THREE STAR book for a geek and hardcore apple fan.

For the Technology Geeks, the author isn't able to go deeper talking about Steve Jobs' creation and focus more on his approach towards things. Mostly what you will hear is "simplicity" and integration from software to hardware. These are the things that tech geeks already know. There is also repeated stress on Steve Jobs being emotional when he got cancer. This is cancer I'm talking about, is Steve Jobs suppose to be calm? But then again, most of the netizen or readers ain't geeks so this probably is targeted to the general audience. The thing is, you can't please everyone.


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