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Featuring a new epilogue read by the author

From the author of the bestselling biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, this is the exclusive biography of Steve Jobs.

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than one hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering. 

Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written or for the right to read it before it was published. He made nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly, and he himself speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that came as a result.

Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is a timely and complete portrait that pulls no punches and gives insight into a man whose contradictions were in many ways his greatest strength.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “This authorized, highly discussed work delivers significant details of Jobs’s secretive life, career, and creative sensibility.”


  • “A wonderfully robust biography that not only tracks Jobs’ life but also serves as a history of digital technology.”


  • “An unforgettable tale of a one-of-a-kind visionary.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2012 Financial Times Best Book of the Year
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, November 2011
  • A 2011 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Harrison Freni | 2/20/2014

    " It was a Good Book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michele Watson | 2/11/2014

    " Worth reading. Insight into the person and the rise of personal computing/technology. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Christine | 2/9/2014

    " I'm just a huge fan. I loved it. I understood his passion for great products and never settling. This book inspired me in so many ways. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Vera | 1/31/2014

    " The book was o.k. Jobs was an interesting person, he does not come across as a very likable fellow, but I don't think that was ever his aim. Well-researched. Well-written. Jobs was definitely an innovator, but at times crossed the line in civility and common sense. The book is an insight into the role he played in the evolution of technology. Glad I read it. Glad it's over. "

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