Steve Jobs (book)
|Original title||iSteve: The Book of Jobs.|
|Cover artist||Albert Watson|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster (U.S.)|
|October 24, 2011|
|Media type||E-book, Print (Hardback and Paperback), and Audiobook|
Steve Jobs is the authorized self-titled biography book of Steve Jobs. The book was written at the request of Jobs by Walter Isaacson, a former executive at CNN and TIME who has written best-selling biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein.
Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—in addition to interviews with more than one hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Isaacson was given "unprecedented" access to Jobs' life. Jobs is said to have encouraged the people interviewed to speak honestly. Although Jobs cooperated with the book, he asked for no control over its content other than the book's cover, and waived the right to read it before it was published.
When the photograph was taken, he said he insisted on having a three-hour period to set up his equipment, adding that he wanted to make "[every shoot] as greased lightning fast as possible for the [subject]." When Jobs arrived he didn't immediately look at Watson, but instead at the equipment, focusing on Watson's 4×5 camera before saying, "wow, you're shooting film."
Jobs gave Watson an hour—longer than he had given most photographers for a portrait session. Watson reportedly instructed Jobs to make "95 percent, almost 100 percent of eye contact with the camera," and to "think about the next project you have on the table," in addition to thinking about instances when people have challenged him.
The back cover uses another photographic portrait of Jobs taken in his living room in Woodside, California in February 1984 by Norman Seeff. In a Behind the Cover article published by TIME magazine, Seeff recalls him and Jobs "just sitting" on his living room floor, talking about "creativity and everyday stuff," when Jobs left the room and returned with a Macintosh 128K (the original Macintosh computer). Jobs "[plopped] down" in the lotus position holding the computer in his lap when Seeff took the photograph.
We did do a few more shots later on, and he even did a few yoga poses—he lifted his leg and put it over his shoulder—and I just thought we were two guys hanging out, chatting away, and enjoying the relationship. It wasn't like there was a conceptualization here—this was completely off the cuff, spontaneity that we never thought would become an iconic image.
The book's working title, iSteve: The Book of Jobs, was chosen by publisher Simon & Schuster's publicity department. Although author Walter Isaacson was "never quite sure about it", his wife and daughter reportedly were. However, they thought it was "too cutesy" and as a result Isaacson persuaded the publisher to change the title to something "simpler and more elegant."
The title Steve Jobs was allegedly chosen to reflect Jobs's "minimalist" style and to emphasize the biography's authenticity, further differentiating it from unauthorized publications, such as iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business by Jeffrey Young.
Many of the chapters within the book have sub-headings, which are matched in various audiobook versions resulting in listings showing 150+ chapters when there are only 42 chapters. The audiobook contains a mistake on one chapter title, listing Chapter 41 as "Round Three, A Never-ending Struggle" instead of "Round Three, Twilight Struggle" as published.
|Chapter No.||Chapter Title||Sub-Heading No.||Sub-Heading Title||Approx. AudioBook Mark|
|Introduction||How this book came to be||00:00:00|
|فصل 1||Childhood, Abandoned and Chosen||1.1||The Adoption||00:13:02|
|فصل 2||Odd Couple, The Two Steves||2.1||Woz||01:05:56|
|2.2||The Blue Box||01:21:37|
|فصل 3||The Dropout, Turn On, Tune in...||3.1||Chrisann Brennan||01:30:36|
|فصل 4||Atari and India, Zen and the Art of Game Design||4.1||Atari||01:59:40|
|فصل 5||The Apple I, Turn On, Boot Up, Jack In...||5.1||Machines of Loving Grace||02:33:32|
|5.2||The Homebrew Computer Club||02:42:29|
|5.3||Apple is Born||02:51:56|
|فصل 6||The Apple II, Dawn of a New Age||6.1||An Integrated Package||03:13:27|
|6.4||The First Launch Event||03:38:11|
|فصل 7||Chrisann and Lisa, He Who Is Abandoned...||03:51:29|
|فصل 8||Xerox and Lisa, Graphical User Interface||8.1||A New Baby||04:06:51|
|8.3||Great Artists Steal||04:22:35|
|فصل 9||Going Public, A Man of Wealth and Fame||9.1||Options||04:32:45|
|9.2||Baby You're a Rich Man||04:38:28|
|فصل 10||The Mac is Born, You Say You Want a Revolution||10.1||Jef Raskin's Baby||04:46:11|
|فصل 11||The Reality Distortion Field, Playing by His Own Set of Rules||05:06:51|
|فصل 12||The Design, Real Artists Simplify||12.1||A Bauhaus Aesthetic||05:26:42|
|12.2||Like a Porsche||05:34:31|
|فصل 13||Building The Mac, The Journey Is The Reward||13.1||Competition||05:52:12|
|13.3||Machines of the Year||06:03:10|
|13.4||Let's Be Pirates!||06:09:32|
|فصل 14||Enter Sculley, The Pepsi Challenge||14.1||The Courtship||06:26:07|
|فصل 15||The Launch, A Dent in the Universe||15.1||Real Artists Ship||06:52:32|
|15.2||The "1984" Advert||06:59:25|
|15.4||January 24, 1984||07:12:51|
|فصل 16||Gates And Jobs, When Orbits Intersect||16.1||The Macintosh Partnership||07:24:56|
|16.2||The Battle of the GUI||07:39:51|
|فصل 17||Icarus, What goes up...||17.1||Flying High||07:47:33|
|17.3||Thirty Years Old||08:10:45|
|17.5||Showdown, Spring 1985||08:26:04|
|17.6||Plotting a Coup||08:39:18|
|17.7||Seven Days in May||08:43:15|
|17.8||Like a Rolling Stone||08:59:15|
|فصل 18||NeXT, Prometheus Unbound||18.1||The Pirates Abandon Ship||09:08:55|
|18.2||To Be On your Own||09:27:34|
|18.4||Perot to the Rescue||09:50:09|
|18.5||Gates and NeXT||09:55:41|
|18.7||The Launch, October 1988||10:05:37|
|فصل 19||Pixar, Technology Meets Art||19.1||Lucasfilm's Computer Division||10:18:42|
|فصل 20||A Regular Guy, Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word||20.1||Joan Baez||10:48:26|
|20.2||Finding Joanne and Mona||10:55:08|
|20.3||The Lost Father||11:03:58|
|فصل 21||Family Man, At Home with the Jobs Clan||21.1||Laurene Powell||11:31:43|
|21.2||The Wedding, March 18, 1991||11:43:48|
|21.3||A Family Home||11:51:16|
|21.4||Lisa Moves In||12:02:15|
|فصل 22||Toy Story, Buzz and Woody to the Rescue||22.1||Jeffrey Katzenberg||12:16:46|
|فصل 23||The Second Coming, What Rough Beast, Its Hour Come Round at Last...||23.1||Things Fall Apart||12:42:10|
|23.3||Slouching toward Cupertino||12:57:10|
|فصل 24||The Restoration, The Loser Now Will Be Later to Win||24.1||Hovering Backstage||13:14:44|
|24.2||Exit, Pursued by a Bear||13:37:57|
|24.3||Macworld Boston, August 1997||14:01:30|
|24.4||The Microsoft Pact||14:05:29|
|فصل 25||Think Different, Jobs as iCEO||25.1||Here's to the Crazy Ones||14:16:28|
|25.3||Killing the Clones||14:36:06|
|25.4||Product Line Review||14:40:50|
|فصل 26||Design Principles, The Studio of Jobs and Ive||26.1||Jony Ive||14:49:26|
|26.2||Inside the Studio||15:01:45|
|فصل 27||The iMac, Hello (Again)||27.1||Back to the Future||15:09:53|
|27.2||The Launch, May 6, 1998||15:25:06|
|فصل 28||CEO, Still Crazy after All These Years||28.1||Tim Cook||15:34:11|
|28.2||Mock Turtlenecks and Teamwork||15:42:47|
|28.3||From iCEO to CEO||15:51:45|
|فصل 29||Apple Stores, Genius Bars and Siena Sandstone||29.1||The Customer Experience||15:59:31|
|29.3||Wood, Stone, Steel, Glass||16:15:58|
|فصل 30||The Digital Hub, From iTunes to the iPod||30.1||Connecting the Dots||16:24:58|
|30.6||The Whiteness of the Whale||16:56:47|
|فصل 31||The iTunes Store, I'm the Pied Piper||31.1||Warner Music||17:06:39|
|31.4||Mr. Tambourine Man||17:42:46|
|فصل 32||Music Man, The Sound Track of His Life||32.1||On His iPod||17:53:26|
|فصل 33||Pixar's Friends, ...and Foes||33.1||A Bug's Life||18:32:46|
|33.2||Steve's Own Movie||18:44:06|
|فصل 34||Twenty-First-Century Macs, Setting Apple Apart||34.1||Clams, Ice Cubes, and Sunflowers||19:20:24|
|فصل 35||Round One, Memento Mori||35.1||Cancer||19:41:35|
|35.2||The Stanford Commencement||19:52:09|
|35.3||A Lion at Fifty||19:56:07|
|فصل 36||The iPhone, Three Revolutionary Products in One||36.1||An iPod That Makes Calls||20:16:05|
|فصل 37||Round Two, The Cancer Recurs||37.1||The Battles of 2008||20:43:19|
|فصل 38||The iPad, Into the Post-PC Era||38.1||You Say You Want a Revolution||21:22:39|
|38.2||The Launch, January 2010||21:30:43|
|38.5||Publishing and Journalism||21:58:20|
|فصل 39||New Battles, And Echoes of Old Ones||39.1||Google: Open versus Closed||22:18:13|
|39.2||Flash, the App Store, and Control||22:27:46|
|39.3||Antennagate: Design versus Engineering||22:40:33|
|39.4||Here Comes the Sun||22:54:44|
|فصل 40||To Infinity, The Cloud, the Spaceship, and Beyond||40.1||The iPad 2||22:57:34|
|40.3||A New Campus||23:23:32|
|فصل 41||Round Three, The Twilight Struggle||41.1||Family Ties||23:32:37|
|41.3||Third Medical Leave, 2011||23:58:04|
|41.5||That Day Has Come||24:19:43|
|فصل 42||Legacy, The Brightest Heaven of Invention||42.1||FireWire||24:32:27|
|42.2||And One More Thing...||24:50:55|
Steve Jobs is a drama film based on the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, starring Michael Fassbender in the title role. The film is directed by Danny Boyle, produced by Scott Rudin, and written by Aaron Sorkin (with a screenplay adapted both from Isaacson's Steve Jobs as well as from interviews conducted by Sorkin).
To memorialize Jobs's life after his death on October 5, 2011, TIME published a commemorative issue on October 8, 2011. The issue's cover featured a portrait of Jobs, taken by Norman Seeff, in which he is sitting in the lotus position holding the original Macintosh computer. The portrait was published in Rolling Stone in January 1984 and is featured on the back cover of Steve Jobs. The issue marked the eighth time Jobs has been featured on the cover of Time. The issue included a photographic essay by Diana Walker, a retrospective on Apple by Harry McCracken and Lev Grossman, and a six-page essay by Walter Isaacson. Isaacson's essay served as a preview of Steve Jobs and described Jobs pitching the book to him.
Bloomberg Businessweek also released a commemorative issue of its magazine remembering the life of Jobs. The cover of the magazine features Apple-like simplicity, with a black-and-white, up-close photo of Jobs and his years of birth and death. In tribute to Jobs's minimalist style, the issue was published without advertisements. It featured extensive essays by Steve Jurvetson, John Sculley, Sean Wisely, William Gibson, and Walter Isaacson. Similarly to Time's commemorative issue, Isaacson's essay served as a preview of Steve Jobs.
Awards and honors
Even after a late release that year, the book became Amazon's #1 seller for 2011.
- 2012 Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award, shortlist
- 2011 The New York Times bestseller
- 2011 Christian Science Monitor Best Book, nonfiction
- 2011 Time Magazine's Best Books of the Year
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