I don’ usually care for biographies, because I find them to be ponderous massive tomes. But I loved reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs. Even though this was not a short book at 600 pages, it was a page-turner.
However, the biography is not perfect. After reading the book, I went to the Amazon page and listened to all of the author videos about how he came to know and like Steve Jobs. I was surprised by how much Mr. Isaacson evidently liked Steve Jobs as much as he says he did on those videos, because when I read his biography I felt I was constantly being assailed by the negative parts of Jobs’ personality. It didn’t take me long to develop a strong dislike to Jobs based on Mr. Isaacson’s biography. Like others, I wondered why Steve Jobs was so unkind and brutal to those who worked for him. What was wrong? Did he have an untreated mental health condition like bio-polar disorder?
I think Walter Isaacson’s biography would have benefited greatly from more of a discussion of this issue, since Jobs’ gratuitous nastiness was such a salient feature of the interactions he had with various people throughout his life. Four stars. A bookclub recommendation.