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Written by fe Bureau | Updated: Oct 30 2011, 07:46am hrs
iCon: Steve JobsThe greatest

second act in the history of business

Jeffrey S Young &

William L Simon

Wiley India

Pp 368

Rs 750

Penned by Jeffrey S Young and William L Simon, iCon: Steve JobsThe Greatest Second Act In The History Of Business kicked up a storm for its portrayal of Steve Jobs as emotionally insecure, abusive, insensitive, deceitful and a thief of other peoples ideas. iCOn was published in 2005, before Jobs was detected with cancer, and before the iPhone and the iPad. Excellently researched, iCon, however, reads like an attempt to distribute the credit for Apples successes to various brilliant men around Jobs. Apple took umbrage and banned books from its publisher Wiley from its stores.


Mona Simpson


Pp 384


Mona Simpson, the biological sister that Steve Jobs met as an adult, wrote three novelsAnywhere But Here, The Lost Father, and A Regular Guy, all of which trace her own growing-up years. The protagonist Tom Owens in A Regular Guy (1996) displays traits identical to Steve Jobs. Lisa, Jobs daughter, who had patched up with Jobs by then, was furious at the publication of the book: She felt Simpson had cheated her into talking her heart out, who went on to depict her father as someone too busy to flush toilets at the very the beginning of her book.

The Pixar Touch: The Making of a Company

David A Price


Pp 320


Pixar, the other company that Steve Jobs led to glory often takes the second row as Apple takes the centrestage. The Pixar Touch by David A Price is the story of how the little computer animation studio started by George Lucas landed in Jobs hands, whose Midas Touch and the brilliance of Alvy Ray Smith, John Lasseter and Ed Catmull turned Pixar into a Hollywood legend. Like Apple, which he rescued from bankruptcy, Jobs took Pixar from the bottom of the pit to the heights of Olympus, to a stage when Disney had no option but to buy the company to get its talent.

i, steve: steve jobs in his own words

Edited by George Beahm


Pp 160

$10. 95

A millionaire at 21, Steve Jobs has been under harsh media glare for the last three decades. Though he was averse to cultivating ties in Washington, Jobs always tried to nurture good relations with the media. Through the decades, he has given numerous interviews with newspapers, magazines, television channels and online media. I, Steve: Steve Jobs In His Own Words is a selection of some of these interviews and quotes, which give a glimpse into the mind of one of the technology visionaries of our age. Compiled by George Beahm, I, Steve was published after Jobs death on October 6.


LITTLE kingdom: how steve jobs & apple changed the world

Michael Moritz


Pp 352


Shortly after he wrote a profile of Steve Jobs and Apple Computer as a reporter for Time in 1983, which infuriated Jobs (partly because it wrote about his illegitimate daughter Lisa), Michael Moritz wrote The Little Kingdom: The Private Story Of Apple Computer. Jobs, then 28, who had expected his face on the cover of Time, was speechless when he saw a sculpture instead, and cried after reading the warts-and-all article. Apple snapped contact with Time after the article appeared. In 2009, the book was revised and expanded. Moritz later expressed regret that he never mended relations with Jobs.