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Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart Into a Visionary Leader

By Brent Schlender, Rick Tetzeli
The #1 New York Times bestselling biography of how Steve Jobs became the most visionary CEO in history.

Becoming Steve Jobs breaks down the conventional, one-dimensional view of Steve Jobs that he was half-genius, half-jerk from youth, an irascible and selfish leader who slighted friends and family alike. Becoming Steve Jobs answers the central question about the life and career of the Apple cofounder and CEO: How did a young man so reckless and arrogant that he was exiled from the company he founded become the most effective visionary business leader of our time, ultimately transforming the daily life of billions of people?

Drawing on incredible and sometimes exclusive access, Schlender and Tetzeli tell a different story of a real human being who wrestled with his failings and learned to maximize his strengths over time. Their rich, compelling narrative is filled with stories never told before from the people who knew Jobs best, including his family, former inner circle executives, and top people at Apple, Pixar and Disney, most notably Tim Cook, Jony Ive, Eddy Cue, Ed Catmull, John Lasseter, Robert Iger and many others. In addition, Schlender knew Jobs personally for 25 years and draws upon his many interviews with him, on and off the record, in writing the book. He and Tetzeli humanize the man and explain, rather than simply describe, his behavior. Along the way, the book provides rich context about the technology revolution we've all lived through, and the ways in which Jobs changed our world.

A rich and revealing account, Becoming Steve Jobs shows us how one of the most colorful and compelling figures of our times was able to combine his unchanging, relentless passion with an evolution in management style to create one of the most valuable and beloved companies on the planet.



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"Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli render a spectacular service with this book, giving fresh perspective on Steve Jobs' journey from inspiring but immature entrepreneur into an inspired and mature company-builder. Most important, they capture Jobs' resilience, his refusal to capitulate, his restless drive to stay in the game, his voracious appetite to learn--this, far more than genius, is what made him great. "Becoming Steve Jobs" gets the focus precisely right: not as a success story, but as a growth story. Riveting, insightful, uplifting--read it and learn!" --Jim Collins, author of "Good to Great," co-author of "Built to Last" and "Great by Choice" ""Becoming Steve Jobs" is fantastic. After working with Steve for over 25 years, I feel this book captures with great insight the growth and complexity of a truly extraordinary person. I hope that it will be recognized as the definitive history." --Ed Catmull, president, Disney Animation and Pixar
"Steve Jobs is the person who most inspires the new generation of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. In this deeply-researched book, you'll find the most truthful portrait of the real Steve Jobs." --Marc Andreessen "One of the best things Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli do in writing about Jobs is undoing the 'lone genius' myth, and complicating his persona." --Anil Dash, CEO of ThinkUp "The book about Steve Jobs that the world deserves. Smart, accurate, informative, insightful and at times, utterly heartbreaking...."Becoming Steve Jobs" is going to be an essential reference for decades to come." --John Gruber, "Daring Fireball " "Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli render a spectacular service with this book, giving fresh perspective on Steve Jobs' journey from inspiring but immature entrepreneur into an inspired and mature company-builder. Most important, they capture Jobs' resilience, his refusal to capitulate, his restless drive to stay in the game, his voracious appetite to learn--this, far more than genius, is what made him great. "Becoming Steve Jobs" gets the focus precisely right: not as a success story, but as a growth story. Riveting, insightful, uplifting--read it and learn!" --Jim Collins, author of "Good to Great," co-author of "Built to Last" and "Great by Choice" ""Becoming Steve Jobs" is fantastic. After working with Steve for over 25 years, I feel this book captures with great insight the growth and complexity of a truly extraordinary person. I hope that it will be recognized as the definitive history." --Ed Catmull, president, Disney Animation and Pixar




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Publisher Crown Business
Publish date 06/07/2016
Pages 464
ISBN-13 9780385347426
ISBN-10 0385347421
Language English

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