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Ryan
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2005-03-04, 00:58

I'm wondering what everyone thinks the best book on Steve Jobs is. I have a school assignment in Literature and I have to read a biography, so I thought who better than Jobs? It doesn't have to be a biography exactly. Basically anything nonfiction of him or Apple will be fine.

BTW, if this should be moved to AppleOutsider, feel free.
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2005-03-04, 01:54

The Second Coming of Steve Jobs is pretty good, and it's also pretty recent, meaning that it covers up until about 2000 or so, which is nice. Unfortunately, IIRC it didn't cover much of early Apple, and focused more on Steve at NeXT.
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2005-03-04, 06:53

I too enjoyed that book (Second Coming). It wasn't afraid to criticise Jobs, and painted a surprising account of Jobs' real role in the success at Pixar (minimal).
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2005-03-04, 15:53

Apple Confidential 2.0 is the best I've read on Apple. It doesn't focus solely on Jobs but gives an excellent flavour of early Apple and therefore on Jobs. The chapter on Woz to my mind the best.
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2005-03-04, 16:02

CubeDude, there are SO many more important figures in the world that you should read about. Why waste a perfectly good opportunity to learn about people who shaped the world on a fanboi pursuit?
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2005-03-04, 16:29

I liked Infinite Loop, Second Coming and Apple Confidential the most personally.
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2005-03-04, 20:51

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CubeDude, there are SO many more important figures in the world that you should read about. Why waste a perfectly good opportunity to learn about people who shaped the world on a fanboi pursuit?
I'd be interested to know who you think would be a better choice. It isn't that I really like Steve Jobs or something, I just thought that he would be an easy choice for me.
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2005-03-05, 00:22

Jobs thought the Deutschman book (The Second Coming of Steve Jobs) was a hatchet job. I enjoyed it though ... and agree with the accounts of BlueRabbit and thequicksilver in that it at least takes you to the 2000 era and is loaded with stories of Jobs' time at NeXT and his minimal role at Pixar.

I also enjoyed the Jim Cartlon book (Apple: The Inside Story of Intrigue, Egomania and Business Blunders), although it is written with a business perspective and does not have a great deal to say about Jobs since he was absent from Apple for most of the period that this book covers. link
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