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Sunday, October 23, 2011

'Steve Jobs' Biography By Walter Isaacson: Review Revue - Speakeasy - WSJ

'Steve Jobs' Biography By Walter Isaacson: Review Revue - Speakeasy - WSJ: "Walter Isaacson’s new biography “Steve Jobs” is highly-anticipated for some very good reasons. Isaacson had a fascinating subject (Jobs), intimate access (he was Jobs’s authorized biographer), and he’s also getting the final word (Jobs passed away this month). The new biography is due out on Monday, although some early copies have leaked. The book will be featured on “60 Minutes” tonight.

So far, early assessments indicate that the book is full of details about Jobs’s thoughts on rival Bill Gates, potential Apple products such as televisions, and his own mortality. At least one early review praised the quality of the reporting and the writing. Isaacson is the author of bestselling biographies on Albert Einstein and Ben Franklin. “Steve Jobs” is currently the No.1 book on Amazon, above “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever” by Jeff Kinney at No.2."

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish: Steve Jobs' speech at Stanford - Hindustan Times

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish: Steve Jobs' speech at Stanford - Hindustan Times: "The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: "We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?" They said: "Of course." My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college."

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