His career brought him both success and failure. He was released from Apple, and his replacement almost killed the company. But Jobs also failed when he tried to create a more intellectual computer for colleges. That product, Next, was finally bought by Apple but was scuttled later.
He revolutionized the animated movie industry during the years he was not at Apple and upon his return reinvented the music industry, cell phones, tablet devices, and desktop publishing. He was the first to use "gorilla glass" as the glass on our iPhones back in 2007. This is the glass we see being touted as new on Razor phones in 2012. The thing is we all know these things. That is not the story. The story is how he made the impossible happen and, as Bill Gates was quoted as saying, "left Microsoft flat footed."
Isaacson interviewed 100 friends, family members, and colleagues. He interviewed Jobs 40 times. It is not a flattering image of him or of those that competed or worked with him. Yet Jobs, in this single instance, did not control nor did he read any of the content.
My time spent reading this book was a total pleasure. That is not something I can say about most books of this nature. But it is over. Like the life of Jobs, even after 571 pages, I wished there was so much more.