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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (490 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alan Deutschman Narrator: Charles Stransky Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2000 ISBN: 9780375417948
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From the acclaimed Vanity Fair and GQ journalist--an unprecedented, in-depth portrait of the man whose return to Apple precipitated one of the biggest turnarounds in business history.

From the emergence of Apple Computer in the late 1970s and early 1980s to its current resurgence, charismatic leader Steve Jobs has captivated the public. Both revered and reviled for his dictatorial manner and stunning successes, Jobs has transcended his legend in Silicon Valley to take on some of the heaviest hitters in Hollywood. Now, in The Second Coming of Steve Jobs, Alan Deutschman presents the most revealing portrait yet of this fascinating, complex character--an in-depth look at the many layers of Steve Jobs, a man who is at turns a brilliant cult figure and an abusive, egomaniacal kid.

This story begins back in 1985 when Jobs was exiled from Apple, and then it goes on to chronicle the rise and fall of his own company, NeXT; the enormous success of Jobs's film animation studio, Pixar; and finally his triumphant return to Apple in the late 1990s, with Jobs taking the title of CEO in January 2000. Displaying an uncanny skill at the negotiation table and an intuitive sense of brilliant design that could capture the public's fascination with products like the iMac, along with a celebrity's ability to command the spotlight, Jobs has been able to catapult himself to the top of the Silicon Valley and Hollywood establishments.

Based on interviews with scores of people--rivals, colleagues, friends--who have worked with Jobs over the years, The Second Coming of Steve Jobs gets under the hood of this extraordinarily complex man: how and why he almost gave up on his career; the details of his negotiations with Disney's Jeffrey Katzenberg and Michael Eisner, and of the culture clash between Silicon Valley and Hollywood; his methods of leadership, management, creativity, and innovation; his friendship and rivalry with Bill Gates--and much more. In an unsentimental and powerful voice, Deutschman reveals a man who suffered his midlife crisis at thirty, compressing it into just three months; struggled between self-imposed exile and the allure of public life; and became the baby boomer icon who was constantly blurring the lines between businessman, rock star, and beatnik. 

The Second Coming of Steve Jobs is a compelling look at an individual who has changed the face of technology and entertainment for the twenty-first century. This candid account of Steve Jobs's tumultuous and provocative career will answer the many questions left unanswered by this incredibly private character who has come to represent the Silicon Valley American dream.

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Conrado | 2/16/2014

    " enjoyed the trip of Jobs "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 1/16/2014

    " What a great read. It had a drama, dirt, personalities, and style. It was my first encounter with the legend. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Personally, I find it so easy to worship this man. He has lots of bad qualities. Even those traits, I find them attractive. I guess that's what charisma means. Steve jobs has almost every trait that a leader should have. He's that unique. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 1/13/2014

    " Pretty good book, covers the time up to the iMac (so no iPod stuff in there). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt Coulson | 1/9/2014

    " Really interesting story told here which really brings to bear the genius that was Steve Jobs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Davis | 12/21/2013

    " This is a great story of the man who got kicked out of Apple and then asked back. I choose this over the Woz book as I thought the Job's story was probably more interesting. His twist and turns are actually quite entertaining. I would recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Davy Buntinx | 12/7/2013

    " Zeer interessant boek uit 2000 over Steve Jobs tijd en rol bij NeXt, Pixar en zijn terugkeer bij Apple. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 9/29/2013

    " If you're a Mac fan, this is a must read. I would like to lock Steve Jobs in a room with my father and see how it would turn out. ;) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Siew Hong | 8/31/2013

    " A wonderful portrait of the man at the time before the iPhone and the iPad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mitch | 7/21/2013

    " Steve Jobs! Enough said. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dwayne Ackley | 6/20/2013

    " A great book about Steve Jobs, post-Apple until NeXT was taken over and he went back. Also goes right up to the debut of iTunes and the complete turnaround of the company. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carl | 5/11/2013

    " The true story of how Steve Jobs pulled himself back up after being fired from Apple Computer to retake the reigns of one of the most unique computer companies that ever existed. He went on to return the company to greatness, but this book only predicted that it would happen -- then it actually did. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave Manning | 4/3/2013

    " Too much of a focus on the celebrity nature, not enough substance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Papa | 3/21/2013

    " You get to know who and what Jobs is and his role in Apple as well as the history of Apple. Like Woz, it is a great book for Apple fans. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jamie | 3/15/2013

    " A balanced and interesting look at the stories Steve never wanted you to hear. Still one of the kings of Jobs bios in my opinion, right along with the authorized one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 2/28/2013

    " Why Apple is so powerful and successful. You need to be an ass (at times) to win. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Omar Vásquez | 12/25/2012

    " A fascinating look at Steve Jobs' life until year 2000, as he was making his successful come back to Apple, before the iPhone/iPad phenomenon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cesar Gonzalez | 11/30/2012

    " I always find it fascinating to learn about the personalties behind some of the world's best known names. This one was particularly interesting because Steve Jobs is one of those larger than life characters, and frankly I knew next to nothing about him before reading this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anand Nataraj | 10/14/2012

    " This book helped me to fight back... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lynn | 9/22/2012

    " A brilliant and eccentric man. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neven | 7/18/2012

    " A gossipy collection of loosely connected stories about Steve Jobs. Clearly a journalist's book, it proceeds in paragraph fits and keeps restating its premises. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 6/23/2012

    " A better biography than Issacson's- far more detail and texture to Steve's adventures. I loved this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Lee | 5/18/2012

    " My first Jobs book. Really enjoyed it. It mainly detailed the time between his stints at Apple, talking much about NeXT, Pixar and such. I'd heard some stuff regarding how critical he could be. His style was covered in detail. I found that to be intriguing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaret Manuel | 4/1/2012

    " Very similar to the book iCon. Another great book regarding the iconic leader of Apple. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 thom | 6/16/2011

    " Interesting enough, but poorly written, very journalistic, and broadly lacking in any sources able to give real insight into Steve Jobs as a person.

    Also, if he tells me that a company was 'bleeding money' one more time, he's going to find himself bleeding too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 5/9/2011

    " This is a great story of the man who got kicked out of Apple and then asked back. I choose this over the Woz book as I thought the Job's story was probably more interesting. His twist and turns are actually quite entertaining. I would recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Davy | 4/26/2011

    " Zeer interessant boek uit 2000 over Steve Jobs tijd en rol bij NeXt, Pixar en zijn terugkeer bij Apple. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harish | 6/28/2010

    " Digressive nonetheless it is about my hero. I enjoyed it "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sameer | 6/25/2010

    " Not bad.

    Not very complimentry to Jobs, who does seem have some dark shades. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brad | 11/28/2009

    " A breezy look at Steve Jobs' life, including famous meltdowns. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 4/14/2009

    " This is was and still remains to be a major inspiration for me!
    If you are a computer tech head, business owner or a creative person,
    I highly recommend this read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dwayne | 1/10/2009

    " A great book about Steve Jobs, post-Apple until NeXT was taken over and he went back. Also goes right up to the debut of iTunes and the complete turnaround of the company. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 12/12/2008

    " If you're a Mac fan, this is a must read. I would like to lock Steve Jobs in a room with my father and see how it would turn out. ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 7/23/2008

    " Why Apple is so powerful and successful. You need to be an ass (at times) to win. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Warren | 5/14/2008

    " Not very good. Insider's homage to the creator of the "reality distortion field." Too much homage, in fact. "

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