New York Times Raves About Walter Isaacson’s Bio of Steve Jobs


The Albert Watson photo graces the cover of Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs.
The Albert Watson photo graces the cover of Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs.

The first review of Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs is in, and it’s a good one.

Writing in the New York Times, critic Janet Maslin says the 630-page tome is “clear, elegant and concise.”

“Steve Jobs” greatly admires its subject. But its most adulatory passages are not about people. Offering a combination of tech criticism and promotional hype, Mr. Isaacson describes the arrival of each new product right down to Mr. Jobs’s theatrical introductions and the advertising campaigns. But if the individual bits of hoopla seem excessive, their cumulative effect is staggering. Here is an encyclopedic survey of all that Mr. Jobs accomplished, replete with the passion and excitement that it deserves.

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  • twitter-16071221

    This book I am seriously looking forward to. It’s just amazing how Steve Jobs evidently managed his time that he thought he had left meticulously and genuinely wanted to do a lot more.

    I’ll never forget when he pitched that enormous spaceship of a second campus for Apple to the Cupertino, Calif., city council to its members on June 6, the same day that WWDC was held. He was so passionate about how wonderful he thought the new building would look knowing that he would never get a chance to step inside. Amazing.

  • russhughes

    I’m finding the obvious inclusion of the term ‘Steve Jobs’ in a majority of your recent headlines in an attempt to gain SEO traction a little tiresome.

    It’s contrived and you guys are better than that. I know hits are what keeps you guys alive, but can you try and write stuff as journalists rather than SEO managers please?

  • UncaughtException

    Relax. If you find posts about Steve tiresome, read somewhere else. It’s a big internet out there. Nobody is forcing you to click here.

  • twitter-16071221

    I must disagree with your assessment. This is newsworthy. Steve Jobs’ death and the well placed leaks of the upcoming book have made the NBC Nightly News almost every evening. Once the book will have been out for a week or so, the story will inevitably subside, so we can go back to your regularly scheduled coverage about wars, chaos,  beheadings and whatever other kinds of games the kids like to play these days.

  • russhughes

    You misunderstand, it’s not the posts about Steve I find tiresome, it’s the contrived titles to aggregate SEO scores. Perhaps you should have read my comments properly before your knee-jerked and cliched response.

    If you want a fan-boy contest with me about Steve Jobs then I’m afraid you would lose; hence my concern of degrading his name to gain web traction.

  • JRD

    The headline wouldn’t make sense without Steve Jobs in it somewhere. 

  • russhughes

    FFS! Read the original post; I’m not talking about this post, but the many posts which there are.

  • Slphilips

    Have you considered that you’re being “misinterpreted” because you were unclear?