Letters to Steve: Inside the E-mail Inbox of Apple's Steve by Mark Milian

By Mark Milian

Via his extraordinary foresight and technological mastery, Steve Jobs touched billions of people's lives around the globe over numerous many years. He attracted a cult-like following that covered as much as purchase the desktops and devices produced via Apple Inc. through the years, humans came upon the email handle of Jobs and took to on a regular basis sending him messages. That he frequently spoke back used to be as strange as his management kind and his methods for crafting hit products.

Mark Milian, a expertise author for CNN, has reviewed greater than 100 of those e-mails, compiled from these published via fanatics to blogs and on-line message forums. a few never-before-published e-mails from Jobs have been shared solely for this ebook. As an entire, those correspondences supply a behind-the-scenes and inside-the-mind account of Jobs' ultimate and so much positive years. in this time, he back to Apple and led the beleaguered desktop maker from the threshold of financial disaster to changing into the main precious know-how corporation on the planet, whereas additionally dealing with Pixar Animation Studios, an leading edge creation corporation that rocketed the Walt Disney corporation right into a new period of relatives films.

This e-book relies on interviews with the various shoppers and lovers Jobs communicated with. those stories display the intricacies of ways Jobs portrayed himself as likable and available via direct interplay with enthusiasts. He dealt with customer-service inquiries himself and punctiliously published tricks approximately upcoming Apple items, making certain headlines on blogs. besides the fact that, a few of these letters, whilst analyzed, supply a glimpse into his "reality distortion field," within which he lobs insults, bends the reality and makes use of misdirection so that it will control a person at the receiving finish. This ebook has been self-published in electronic shape, and isn't linked to or recommended through CNN.

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