Simon & Schuster Audio, Compact Disc, Abridged, 9781442346949, 7pp.
Publication Date: October 24, 2011
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.
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 spoke 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.
With an entertainment career spanning more than four decades, Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss has been one of America's most versatile and individualistic actors. He is also Founder and President of The Dreyfuss Initiative, a nonprofit organization committed to revitalizing America's civic culture. He serves on the American Bar Association's Education Committee, the Board of the National Constitution Center, and was Senior Research Advisory Member of St. Antony's College, Oxford University.
Dylan Baker s first audiobook recording was for "The Grapes of Wrath", which subsequently won both Audie and Earphones Awards. He has since narrated several audio books, including Tom Wolfe's "I Am Charlotte Simmons, "Walter Isaacson s biography of Steve Jobs, and Michael Lewis s "Flash Boys". In 2002, he won an Audie Award for Abridged Fiction for Jonathan Franzen s "The Corrections".
He has appeared in numerous films including "Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, Kinsey, Head of State, Thirteen Days", and "Happiness". Baker was nominated for a Tony Award for his Broadway performance in "La Bete", and he won an Obie Award for his performance in the 1986 play "Not About Heroes". His television credits include guest appearances on "The Practice, Law & Order", and "The West Wing". Baker earned his B.F.A. from Southern Methodist University and a Masters in Fine Arts from Yale's School of Drama.