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[英文原版]《Steve Jobs史蒂夫·乔布斯传(英文版)》作者:沃尔特·艾萨克森

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发表于 2011-11-9 22:01:51 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
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STEVE JOBS

《史蒂夫·乔布斯个人传记》是乔布斯唯一授权的官方传记,全球出版日期最终确定为2011年10月24日,简体中文版也将同步上市。
  原定明年3月出版的唯一授权的传记《史蒂夫·乔布斯传》,一度提前到今年的11月21日,乔布斯病逝当天,美国出版方西蒙舒斯特宣布提前至10月24日出版。
  乔布斯曾说,活着的时候不该出版自传,现在还不到回忆的时候。然而,两年前,乔布斯的妻子劳伦打电话给《时代》杂志的前总编艾萨克森,说“如果你要写他(乔布斯)的传记,那最好现在就要开始了。” 沃尔特·艾萨克森曾为爱因斯坦、富兰克林等名人著传,但2005年乔布斯找到他时,他拒绝了乔布斯的请求,他那时认为乔布斯仅是一个企业家而已。
  两年多的时间,艾萨克森与乔布斯进行了40多次的面对面倾谈,以及与乔布斯一百多个家庭成员、朋友、竞争对手、同事的不受限的采访,造就了这本独家传记。
  最后一次采访结束时,艾萨克森忍住内心的悲伤问乔布斯,他二十年来拒绝媒体,刻意注重隐私,为什么在过去的两年里,为了这本书,而对自己如此开放,真诚甚至急切,乔布斯回答说:“我想让我的孩子们了解我,我并不总跟他们在一起,我想让他们知道为什么,也理解我做过的事。”
  “他想给我看一些私人照片,让我选几张用在这本书里。他太虚弱了,下不了床,所以他指点我去房间的各个抽屉里去找,我小心翼翼地把照片拿给他。我坐在床边,一张一张地举起来给他看。有些照片会让他讲出许多故事,而有些,他只是嘟囔一声或是微微一笑。” ——艾萨克森记最后一次采访
  史蒂夫·乔布斯本人表示,《史蒂夫·乔布斯传》也涉及到他曾经犯过的错误、失败的经历以及私生活,有些事情是他自认为并不得意的,但没有什么是不可以公诸于众的。尽管史蒂夫·乔布斯传给予《史蒂夫·乔布斯传》的采访和创作全面的配合,但他对内容从不干涉,也不要求出版前阅读全文的权利。对于任何资源和关联的人,他都不设限,甚至鼓励他所熟知的人袒露出自己的心声。谈及和史蒂夫·乔布斯共过事的人以及竞争对手,史蒂夫·乔布斯直言不讳,甚至尖酸刻薄。史蒂夫·乔布斯的激情、精力、欲望、完美主义、艺术修养、残暴还有对掌控权的迷恋塑造出的商业哲学一览无余。同样,史蒂夫·乔布斯的朋友、敌人,还有同事在《史蒂夫·乔布斯传》里也为我们提供了一个前所未有的毫无掩饰的视角。
  据该书编辑透露,参与编辑和翻译的工作人员看到最后时,无不潸然泪下,乔布斯那份真诚与不舍,感悟与激情感动着每个读过的人。

CONTENTS
Introduction: How This Book Came to Be
CHAPTER ONE Childhood: Abandoned and Chosen
CHAPTER TWO Odd Couple: The Two Steves
CHAPTER THREE The Dropout: Turn On, Tune In . . .
CHAPTER FOUR Atari and India: Zen and the Art of Game Design
CHAPTER FIVE The Apple I: Turn On, Boot Up, Jack In . . .
CHAPTER SIX The Apple II: Dawn of a New Age
CHAPTER SEVEN Chrisann and Lisa: He Who Is Abandoned . . .
CHAPTER EIGHT Xerox and Lisa: Graphical User Interfaces
CHAPTER NINE Going Public: A Man of Wealth and Fame
CHAPTER TEN The Mac Is Born: You Say You Want a Revolution
CHAPTER ELEVEN The Reality Distortion Field: Playing by His Own Set of Rules
CHAPTER TWELVE The Design: Real Artists Simplify
CHAPTER THIRTEEN Building the Mac: The Journey Is the Reward
CHAPTER FOURTEEN Enter Sculley: The Pepsi Challenge
CHAPTER FIFTEEN The Launch: A Dent in the Universe
CHAPTER SIXTEEN Gates and Jobs: When Orbits Intersect

INTRODUCTION
How This Book Came to Be

In the early summer of 2004, I got a phone call from Steve Jobs. He had been scattershot friendly to me over the years, with occasional bursts of intensity, especially when he was launching a new product that he wanted on the cover of Time or featured on CNN, places where I’d worked. But now that I was no longer at either of those places, I hadn’t heard from him much. We talked a bit about the Aspen Institute, which I had recently joined, and I invited him to speak at our summer campus in Colorado. He’d be happy to come, he said, but not to be onstage. He wanted instead to take a walk so that we could talk.

That seemed a bit odd. I didn’t yet know that taking a long walk was his preferred way to have a serious conversation. It turned out that he wanted me to write a biography of him. I had recently published one on Benjamin Franklin and was writing one about Albert Einstein, and my initial reaction was to wonder, half jokingly, whether he saw himself as the natural successor in that sequence. Because I assumed that he was still in the middle of an oscillating career that had many more ups and downs left, I demurred. Not now, I said. Maybe in a decade or two, when you retire.

I had known him since 1984, when he came to Manhattan to have lunch with Time’s editors and extol his new Macintosh. He was petulant even then, attacking a Time correspondent for having wounded him with a story that was too revealing. But talking to him afterward, I found myself rather captivated, as so many others have been over the years, by his engaging intensity. We stayed in touch, even after he was

ousted from Apple. When he had something to pitch, such as a NeXT computer or Pixar movie, the beam of his charm would suddenly refocus on me, and he would take me to a sushi restaurant in Lower Manhattan to tell me that whatever he was touting was the best thing he had ever produced. I liked him.

When he was restored to the throne at Apple, we put him on the cover of Time, and soon thereafter he began offering me his ideas for a series we were doing on the most influential people of the century. He had launched his “Think Different” campaign, featuring iconic photos of some of the same people we were considering, and he found the endeavor of assessing historic influence fascinating.

After I had deflected his suggestion that I write a biography of him, I heard from him every now and then. At one point I emailed to ask if it was true, as my daughter had told me, that the Apple logo was an homage to Alan Turing, the British computer pioneer who broke the German wartime codes and then committed suicide by biting into a cyanide-laced apple. He replied that he wished he had thought of that, but hadn’t. That started an exchange about the early history of Apple, and I found myself gathering string on the subject, just in case I ever decided to do such a book. When my Einstein biography came out, he came to a book event in Palo Alto and pulled me aside to suggest, again, that he would make a good subject.

His persistence baffled me. He was known to guard his privacy, and I had no reason to believe he’d ever read any of my books. Maybe someday, I continued to say. But in 2009 his wife, Laurene Powell, said bluntly, “If you’re ever going to do a book on Steve, you’d better do it now.” He had just taken a second medical leave. I confessed to her that when he had first raised the idea, I hadn’t known he was sick. Almost nobody knew, she said. He had called me right before he was going to be operated on for cancer, and he was still keeping it a secret, she explained.

I decided then to write this book. Jobs surprised me by readily acknowledging that he would have no control over it or even the right to see it in advance. “It’s your book,” he said. “I won’t even read it.” But later that fall he seemed to have second thoughts about cooperating and, though I didn’t know it, was hit by another round of cancer complications.

He stopped returning my calls, and I put the project aside for a while.

Then, unexpectedly, he phoned me late on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve 2009. He was at home in Palo Alto with only his sister, the writer Mona Simpson. His wife and their three children had taken a quick trip to go skiing, but he was not healthy enough to join them. He was in a reflective mood, and we talked for more than an hour. He began by recalling that he had wanted to build a frequency counter when he was twelve, and he was able to look up Bill Hewlett, the founder of HP, in the phone book and call him to get parts. Jobs said that the past twelve years of his life, since his return to Apple, had been his most productive in terms of creating new products. But his more important goal, he said, was to do what Hewlett and his friend David Packard had done, which was create a company that was so imbued with innovative creativity that it would outlive them.

“I always thought of myself as a humanities person as a kid, but I liked electronics,” he said. “Then I read something that one of my heroes, Edwin Land of Polaroid, said about the importance of people who could stand at the intersection of humanities and sciences, and I decided that’s what I wanted to do.” It was as if he were suggesting themes for his biography (and in this instance, at least, the theme turned out to be valid). The creativity that can occur when a feel for both the humanities and the sciences combine in one strong personality was the topic that most interested me in my biographies of Franklin and Einstein, and I believe that it will be a key to creating innovative economies in the twenty-first century.

I asked Jobs why he wanted me to be the one to write his biography. “I think you’re good at getting people to talk,” he replied. That was an unexpected answer. I knew that I would have to interview scores of people he had fired, abused, abandoned, or otherwise infuriated, and I feared he would not be comfortable with my getting them to talk. And indeed he did turn out to be skittish when word trickled back to him of people that I was interviewing. But after a couple of months, he began encouraging people to talk to me, even foes and former girlfriends. Nor did he try to put anything off-limits. “I’ve done a lot of things I’m not proud of, such as getting my girlfriend pregnant when

I was twenty-three and the way I handled that,” he said. “But I don’t have any skeletons in my closet that can’t be allowed out.” He didn’t seek any control over what I wrote, or even ask to read it in advance. His only involvement came when my publisher was choosing the cover art. When he saw an early version of a proposed cover treatment, he disliked it so much that he asked to have input in designing a new version. I was both amused and willing, so I readily assented.

I ended up having more than forty interviews and conversations with him. Some were formal ones in his Palo Alto living room, others were done during long walks and drives or by telephone. During my two years of visits, he became increasingly intimate and revealing, though at times I witnessed what his veteran colleagues at Apple used to call his “reality distortion field.” Sometimes it was the inadvertent misfiring of memory cells that happens to us all; at other times he was spinning his own version of reality both to me and to himself. To check and flesh out his story, I interviewed more than a hundred friends, relatives, competitors, adversaries, and colleagues.

His wife also did not request any restrictions or control, nor did she ask to see in advance what I would publish. In fact she strongly encouraged me to be honest about his failings as well as his strengths. She is one of the smartest and most grounded people I have ever met. “There are parts of his life and personality that are extremely messy, and that’s the truth,” she told me early on. “You shouldn’t whitewash it. He’s good at spin, but he also has a remarkable story, and I’d like to see that it’s all told truthfully.”

I leave it to the reader to assess whether I have succeeded in this mission. I’m sure there are players in this drama who will remember some of the events differently or think that I sometimes got trapped in Jobs’s distortion field. As happened when I wrote a book about Henry Kissinger, which in some ways was good preparation for this project, I found that people had such strong positive and negative emotions about Jobs that the Rashomon effect was often evident. But I’ve done the best I can to balance conflicting accounts fairly and be transparent about the sources I used.

This is a book about the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and

ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. You might even add a seventh, retail stores, which Jobs did not quite revolutionize but did reimagine. In addition, he opened the way for a new market for digital content based on apps rather than just websites. Along the way he produced not only transforming products but also, on his second try, a lasting company, endowed with his DNA, that is filled with creative designers and daredevil engineers who could carry forward his vision. In August 2011, right before he stepped down as CEO, the enterprise he started in his parents’ garage became the world’s most valuable company.

This is also, I hope, a book about innovation. At a time when the United States is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build creative digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness, imagination, and sustained innovation. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology, so he built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering. He and his colleagues at Apple were able to think differently: They developed not merely modest product advances based on focus groups, but whole new devices and services that consumers did not yet know they needed.

He was not a model boss or human being, tidily packaged for emulation. Driven by demons, he could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and passions and products were all interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is thus both instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.

Shakespeare’s Henry V—the story of a willful and immature prince who becomes a passionate but sensitive, callous but sentimental, inspiring but flawed king—begins with the exhortation “O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend / The brightest heaven of invention.” For Steve Jobs, the ascent to the brightest heaven of invention begins with a tale of two sets of parents, and of growing up in a valley that was just learning how to turn silicon into gold.


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为毛不是中文版的呀
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你要看这个还要中文啊?如果要看中文的,你就不要看这本书,呵呵。
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Thanks for sharing this e-Book, I really like it.
And I will buy this book sometime when it's not so lacked of.
Definitely, after read this e-book.
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 楼主| 发表于 2011-11-11 15:44:19 | 显示全部楼层
csy55 发表于 2011-11-10 13:53
Thanks for sharing this e-Book, I really like it.
And I will buy this book sometime when it's not  ...

Yes, 建议大家看了后,也一定要去买书,这书绝对需要收藏。

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看了一下,发现自己的English真的不够,许多名词都搞不清楚,但意思还算能领会,继续努力,读下去
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