One book, one film: “Steve Jobs” and “Steve Jobs”

Your weekend food is back again. This time I will be covering one book and one film about Steve Jobs

The weekend is here and now high time for to have  some fun and to reflect on some things. This week I’ll be introducing Walter Isaacson’s book, Steve Jobs (2011), and  Danny Boyle’s film, Steve Jobs (2015).

Steve Jobs (Walter Isaacson)

Yes, probably you’ve read other biographies of Steve Jobs but this one is different. “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaascon is the only authorized biography and published in Oct 2011, just after Steve Jobs passed away. Isaacson’s book is built on more than  40 interviews with Steve Jobs over a two-year period and conversations with friends, members of the family, competitors of the entrepreneur. When I read the notes from various sources, I saw that Jobs collaborated with the book and he requested no control over its content except the book cover.

The book covers Steve Jobs’ childhood, his relationship with his daughter and wife, Chrisann and Lisa, the creation of Apple I and Apple II and many more cornerstones from Jobs’ life. On the other hand his genuine relationship with Steve Wozniak, aka Woz, is worth to mention. Because Woz was the brain behind Apple computers while Jobs was the product guy. Some notes on Walter Isaacson: currently he is a professor at Tulane University at Dept. of History, previously he was the President and CEO Aspen, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institution. Among other positions he held included Chairman and CEO of CNN and Managing Editor at Time Magazine. His other books are American Sketches (2009), Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003) and Kissinger: A Biography (1992). In October 2014, Isaacson published The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, which assesses the background of the outstanding technological innovations that are prominent in the digital revolution.  

For the Turkish version, click here .For the English version, click here

Front and back cover of Steve Jobs (Walter Isaacson)

Steve Jobs (Danny Boyle)

Danny Boyle’s film, “Steve Jobs” (2015), is based on Walter Isaacson’s official biography, “Steve Jobs” (2011). Actually the film hit me Steve Wozniak’s, Co-Founder at Apple, lines against Steve Jobs: “…Your products are better than you brother”, implying Steve Jobs’ arrogance. “Arrogance” in drama is “hubris” and leads the villain  to his/her own destruction. Anyway, the movie aims to reveal the humanbeing behind the legend, focusing on the launch of three products, Macintosh (1984), NeXT (1988) and iMac (1988). Actually the launches remain under the shadow and we delve into the background of those events. The movie is written by Aaron Sorkin and he’s familiar with the tech world and Silicon Valley stories. Inking “The Social Network”, he won an Oscar in Adapted Screenplay category in 2011 and finished writing “Steve Jobs” in 2014. Danny Boyle directed “Steve Jobs” and Michael Fassbender played Steve Jobs, joined by Kate Winslet (Joanna Hoffman), Seth Rogen (Steve Wozniak), Jeff Daniels (John Sculley), Michael Stuhlbarg (Andy Hertzberg) and Katherine Waterson (Chrisann Brennan).

Here is the official trailer of Steve Jobs

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