The Second Coming of Steve Jobs

  • by Alan Deutschman
  • Narrated by Charles Stransky
  • 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the acclaimed Vanity Fair and GQ journalist - an unprecedented, in-depth portrait of the man whose return to Apple precipitated one of the biggest turnarounds in business history.When Steve Jobs became the acting CEO of Apple Computers, it was hemorrhaging more than a billion dollars a year. His return after twelve years of exile to the company he co-founded completely revitalized Apple. With the revolutionary success of the iMac, Apple turned a profit of over $600 million last year.Based on interviews with scores of people - rivals, colleagues, friends - who have worked with Jobs over the years, The Second Coming of Steve Jobs presents the most revealing portrait yet of this extraordinarily complex man; how and why he almost gave up his career; the details of his negotiations with Disney's Jeffrey Kaztenberg and Michael Eisner and of the culture clash between Silicon Valley and Hollywood; his methods of leadership, management, creativity, and innovation; his friendship and rivalry with Bill Gates - and much more.Since the early days of Apple, Steve Jobs has captivated the public. Now, as Jobs prepares to conquer Hollywood with his enormously successful animation film studio, Pixar, Alan Deutschman brings listeners what will be one of the most talked-about business audios of the year.Alan Deutschman is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. For the past twelve years, he has covered business and technology. He was a correspondent for Fortune for seven years, a senior writer at GQ, and a contributing editor at New York magazine.

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What the Critics Say

"...a behind-the-scenes account of the supreme showman's resurrection from high-tech oblivion to cover-story glory...likely to raise hackles - not to mention blood pressure - in the corridors of Apple Computer and Pixar Animation Studios." (USA Today)

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Think Different

An interesting account of the later career of Apple's co-founder. It is not hagiography; it strives to give a coherent account of a very eccentric personality, and some of the traits and incidents described are fairly disquieting. You catch a glimpse, I think, of how compelling a presence the man must be.

He once double-dated with Bill Gates!
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- Quahog

Awesome background on Apple, NeXT, and Pixar.

If you have any interest in the computer industry at all, you will love this audio book. I was fascinated by the details that were given throughout the book. I was especially fascinated by the history it gave about Pixar, and the early years of computer animation. And if you have even the slightest interest in Steve Jobs or Apple, you will love it.

Some reviewers said the book was mean spirited, but I didn't get that at all. It seemed blatantly honest. Sometimes that was a good thing, sometimes not, And the use of profanity was few and far between, and was only when it applied to the story. Some people need to loosen up a little.

All in all, it was hands down my best audible purchase yet. I couldn't stand to have to pause my iPod when I got to work, and couldn't wait to pick up with the story when I left.
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- Thomas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-23-2000
  • Publisher: Random House Audio