"Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson

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Title: Steve Jobs
Author: Walter Isaacson
Start Date: 1/16/16
End Date: 3/5/16
# of Pages: 656
Edition: Simon & Schuster hardcover (2011)

Favorite Quotes: (1) “After work each day, Wozniak…spread out the parts in his cubicle, figured out their placement, and soldered them onto his motherboard. Then he began writing the software that would get the microprocessor to display the images on the screen. Because he could not afford to pay for computer time, he wrote the code by hand.” (2) “‘You did the impossible, because you didn’t realize it was impossible.’” (3) “‘Edwin Land of Polaroid talked about the intersection of the humanities and science. I like that intersection. There’s something magical about that place. There are a lot of people innovating, and that’s not the main distinction of my career. The reason Apple resonates with people is that there’s a deep current of humanity in our innovation. I think great artists and engineers are similar, in that they both have a desire to express themselves.’”

Why I Chose It: Jobs had always fascinated me, and this book has been sitting on my reading list since the day it came out.

Other Notes: Reflecting on the life and story of Steve Jobs elicits feelings of deep admiration and sadness. Isaacson mentions that Jobs will likely be counted as one of the great figures of this era of history - it is odd to acknowledge that realization since he was a figure I felt like I knew in many ways. As I began to use and appreciate Apple products in high school, I began following Jobs closely, quickly developing a respect for his brilliance and the remarkable impact he made on the world. I still vividly remember exactly where I was when I saw the red siren on Drudge Report reporting his death. It is true that he could be a hard, divisive person but overall I’m left appreciating his vision and passion. I’m sad that he seemed to face the end of his life with uncertainty, but grateful for the memento mori, even if Jobs himself ignored it.

BooksKarl Magnuson