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Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs
By Walter Isaacson
Simon & Schuster, 2011, 656 pp.

Isaacson’s magnificent, gripping biography of the Apple founder Steve Jobs is more than the life of the business visionary who created the world’s most valuable company and changed the lives of millions of people. It is also a demonstration of the continuing vitality of American culture. Jobs -- a vegan, antiestablishment, LSD-taking college dropout -- ultimately created a series of products that helped reshape American industry. Like many great entrepreneurs, Jobs had a personality and views that were quirky, eccentric, and sometimes off-putting. But American society proved flexible and hungry enough to enable Jobs and his insurgent band of obsessives and dreamers to find the financing and make the deals needed to put Macs, iPods, iPhones, and iPads into the hands of eager customers all over the world. The ability of Isaacson to write books that capture an age as well as a man makes him one of our best and most important biographers. Steve Jobs shows Isaacson at his best.