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BOOK REVIEW

The man behind the iPod

New biography details the two sides of Apple creator Steve Jobs

In a new biography, author Walter Isaacson describes Steve Jobs as selfish and arrogant as well as the creative genius behind Apple’s successful products. In a new biography, author Walter Isaacson describes Steve Jobs as selfish and arrogant as well as the creative genius behind Apple’s successful products. (paul sakuma/ap/file 2007)
By Hiawatha Bray
Globe Staff / October 29, 2011

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With death on the horizon, Jobs asked journalist Walter Isaacson to tell his side of the story. I’m not sure Jobs would consider Isaacson’s book a complete success. Workmanlike and efficient, it’s as thorough an overview of the man’s life as anyone could wish, beginning with the stories of his biological and adoptive parents, through his youth in the burgeoning Silicon Valley, his fateful friendship with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and the wild swings of his three-decade career.

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STEVE JOBS

By Walter Isaacson

Simon and Schuster, 656 pp., illustrated, $35