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Walter Isaacson’s ‘Steve Jobs’

I'm just now getting around to reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, and though I know I'll learn little new from the book, I'll still get through it.

John Gruber summarizes the issues with the book succinctly:

You could learn more about Steve Jobs's work by reading Rob Walker's 2003 New York Times Magazine piece than by reading Isaacson's book, but even then we're left wanting for the stories behind any of Apple's products after the iPod. Isaacson's book may well be the defining resource for Jobs's personal life — his childhood, youth, eccentricities, cruelty, temper, and emotional outbursts. But as regards Jobs's work, Isaacson leaves the reader profoundly and tragically misinformed.

It's disappointing that the last and best opportunity to get to know Steve Jobs was squandered by Walter Isaacson. Nobody thinks Jobs always made the best decisions, but it's sad that his poor choice of Isaacson will be regarded by many as his last decision.

P.S. Michael Tsai adds more.

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