Walter Isaacson 's Biography Of Steve Jobs Without Feeling As If One Grew Up With Him

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It’s difficult to read Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs without feeling as if one grew up with him. Many books have been written about the Apple icon, but Walter Isaacson is the only writer with whom Jobs has ever agreed to collaborate. Walter Isaacson explores Jobs’s complex personality, from his childhood to his death in 2011. He highlights how Jobs’s desire for desire for control, passion for design, and perfection affected him as an innovator, father, and husband. Despite his complicated personality and tumultuous relationships, Steve Jobs created one of the most valuable companies in the world with unmatched legacy for zen product design and innovation. Forty one-on-one interviews and dozens more from his family, friends and…show more content…
His fourth grade teacher had to bribe him to do his homework. The reality was that Steve tested off the charts and would have skipped several grades had it not been for his parent’s protests. Steve was too smart for his own good and it showed. He was bored in school, even through college. When Steve enrolled in Reed College in Portland, Oregon, but in different form. He dropped out after the first six months. “He liked being at Reed, just not taking the required classes” (Isaacson, 2011). He also felt guilty about all the money his working-class parents were spending on his tuition. Jobs didn’t actually want to abandon Reed, he just didn’t want to take classes he thought were boring and not have to pay tuition. With his “attractive personality” (Isaacson, 2011), he managed to convince the Dean to let him stay in friends’ dorms for his last 18 months and just go to the classes that interested him. When jobs left Reed in 1974, Jobs got a job as video game designer with Atari. A few months later he left the company to find spiritual enlightenment in India, traveling further and experimenting with psychedelic drugs. When Jobs returned home, he reconnected with an old friend from high school, Steve Wozniak (Woz). At the age of 21, him and Woz started Apple Computer. From the first design of the Apple I, Jobs has been known as stubborn, and a perfectionist. He would often be seen screaming at one of his employees or making a scene about some minor detail in
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