Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson. Little, Brown, £14.99
Boyd Tonkin is Senior Writer and a columnist at The Independent. An award-winning journalist, he was formerly Literary Editor at The Independent, and before that Social Policy Editor and then Books Editor at the New Statesman magazine. He has broadcast extensively for BBC arts and current affairs programmes and has judged the Booker Prize, the Whitbread biography award, the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the David Cohen Prize. In 2001, he re-founded the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize for literature in translation, and serves on its judging panel every year.
Saturday 07 September 2013
Interview-enhanced, lavishly documented, this epic, if slightly indigestible, life of Apple’s founding genius could have done with more of the human-friendly interface that let his smart machines trounce their more robotic rivals.
Most diligently, Isaacson answers every FAQ – and a thousand others – about Jobs’s ascent from the Homebrew Computer Club of counter-cultural California to the tablet era. How piquant that the hang-loose ethic of those days bred the fanatical “quest for perfection” of an inspiring control-freak.
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