Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Early Steve Jobs bio review: admiring, but not uncritical

updated 01:05 pm EDT, Sat October 22, 2011

Steve Jobs biography said well structured, honest

One of the first pre-release reviews of Walter Isaacson's official biography of Steve Jobs has given it compliments for its treatment of the subject. The book seen by the New York Times aims to be the "biography of record" and is seen as a well-structured, though not lean, look at the span of Jobs' life. It "greatly admires" the subject, but it also gives the full breadth of Jobs' experience, from his relationship with those he knew to properly recreating the "passion and excitement" that followed key launches like the iPod.

The title is evocative of the eras it covers and gives insight into what led to a product, including the cross-disciplinary leaps that showed appreciation for more than just technology.

The study also isn't uncritical of Jobs, reflecting a promise Jobs made that he wouldn't influence the contents of the book besides its cover. Apple's co-founder is frequently characterized as "obnoxious" and as having a two-sided personality. He had a "Zen awareness" and appreciated concepts of beauty and simplicity that others didn't, but he could also cut deep with personal and professional criticism, according to the overview.

Isaacson's book comes across as initially odd as it had Jobs referring to his life in the past tense, knowing he would soon die, and was coming less than a month after his actual death. The tone, however, also allowed for opportunities to discuss regrets, such as initially refusing surgery in a delay that may have affected his lifespan.

In the end, the newspaper said, Isaacson's style does its best to mirror the philosophy of Jobs himself, being "clear, elegant, and concise" and largely reaching its mark.



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

VisionTek 128GB USB Pocket SSD

USB flash drives dealt the death blow to both the floppy and Zip drives. While still faster than either of the old removable media, sp ...

Kodak PixPro SL10 Smart Lens Camera

Smartphone imagery still widely varies. Large Megapixel counts don't make for a good image, and the optics in some devices are lacking ...

Epson WorkForce DS-40 scanner

In this day and age, there's a significant amount of pressure to go paperless, and downsize the amount of things that one collects ove ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News