Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson in a word is mesmerizing. This is a great no holds barred biography of a complicated man. Jobs was such a polarizing figure as many folks loved him while other absolutely detested him. Although the one thing you can't argue with is that he had a huge impact on technology. Jobs was the driving force behind Apple who've given us the Macintosh, iMac, iPod, iPhone, iPad which revolutionized the computer, music and phone industries. As well he was deeply involved in Pixar which has brought us some of the best movies of the past 20 years. That's not to say that he hadn't made a number of mis-steps along the way, NeXT for instance.
To Jobs things we either insanely great or shit. There was no in between for him as his opinions were of a binary nature. He was extremely hard to deal with and the book gives us an unvarnished view of his relationships with friends, family and business partners.
This is one of those books released in 2011 that is a must read.
See you next Friday.