Steve Jobs: En biografi om manden bag Apple

Gyldendal A/S
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Gennem mere end to år har Walter Isaacson interviewet Steve Jobs, hans familie, venner, rådgivere, konkurrenter og kolleger. Resultatet er et hudløst og skarpt portræt af en af vor tids vigtigste entreprenører samt et indblik i en ekstraordinær personlighed. Steve Jobs har revolutioneret vores digitale verden – fra den måde vi hører musik på, til den måde vi kommunikerer. Det har han gjort ved at insistere på at kombinere legende kreativitet med den nyeste teknologi. Og ved et næsten umenneskeligt engagement. Intet overlades til tilfældighederne af den både perfektionistiske og fandenivoldske Steve Jobs. Den indstilling har både lagt fundamentet til et af verdens mest indflydelsesrige og innovative virksomheder og skabt Steve Jobs en stor fanskare – samt ikke så få fjender. I bogen fortæller Steve Jobs ærligt, nogle gange brutalt ærligt, om både samarbejdspartnere og konkurrenter. Tilsvarende holder hans venner, fjender og kolleger ikke igen, når de fortæller om Jobs passioner, dæmoner og kontrolmani eller om hans perfektionisme, hans drivkraft og de suveræne resultater, hans særlige tilgang til livet og til forretningsverdenen resulterede i. Walter Isaacson har interviewet Steve Jobs flere end 40 gange til bogen. Jobs stillede velvilligt op, men han udbad sig ingen nogen form for indflydelse på bogens indhold. Som Jobs selv formulerer det i biografien: ”Jeg har gjort mange ting, jeg ikke er stolt af. (...) Men jeg har ikke nogen skeletter i skabet, der ikke kan tåle dagens lys”.
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FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE BESTSELLING BIOGRAPHIES OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AND ALBERT EINSTEIN, THIS IS THE EXCLUSIVE BIOGRAPHY OF STEVE JOBS.

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.

Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.

Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.
The #1 New York Times bestseller from Walter Isaacson brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography that is “a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it…Most important, it is a powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life” (The New Yorker).

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo da Vinci’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson “deftly reveals an intimate Leonardo” (San Francisco Chronicle) in a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.

He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history’s most creative genius.

In the “luminous” (Daily Beast) Leonardo da Vinci, Isaacson describes how Leonardo’s delight at combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His life should remind us of the importance to be imaginative and, like talented rebels in any era, to think different. Here, da Vinci “comes to life in all his remarkable brilliance and oddity in Walter Isaacson’s ambitious new biography…a vigorous, insightful portrait” (The Washington Post).
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Gyldendal A/S
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Published on
Oct 24, 2011
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Pages
688
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9788702124620
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Language
Danish
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Biography & Autobiography / Science & Technology
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