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Steven Jobs was an American business magnate, industrial designer, investor, and media proprietor. He was the chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), and co-founder of Apple Inc., the chairman and majority shareholder of Pixar, a member of The Walt Disney Company's board of directors following its acquisition of Pixar, and the founder, chairman, and CEO of NeXT. Jobs is widely recognised as a pioneer of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s, along with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
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The Innovator's Dilemma
When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail
by Clayton M. Christensen (Jan 04, 2016)
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The bestselling classic on disruptive innovation, by renowned author Clayton M. Christensen. His work is cited by the worlds best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell. In this classic bestsellerone of the most influential business books of all timeinnovation expert Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding compan...
Steve Jobs
Oct 24, 2011
Jobs was deeply influenced by the book The Innovator's Dilemma.     source
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice
by Shunryu Suzuki (Jun 27, 2011)
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"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few." So begins this most beloved of all American Zen books. Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as has this famous opening line. In a single stroke, the simple sentence cuts through the pervasive tendency students have of getting so...
Steve Jobs
Oct 24, 2011
During his freshman year at Reed College Jobs befriended Daniel Kottke, who went on to work at Apple, and together they devoured books such as Shunryu Suzuki's "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind"     source
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Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
by Chogyam Trungpa (Oct 13, 2008)
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In this modern spiritual classic, the Tibetan meditation master Chögyam Trungpa highlights a common pitfall to which every aspirant on the spiritual path falls prey: what he calls spiritual materialism. The universal human tendency, he shows, is to see spirituality as a process of self-improvement—the impulse to develop and refine the ego when the ...
Steve Jobs
Oct 24, 2011
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism" is one of the Jobs' favpurite books. He shared it with his friends and higly recommended it.     source
Moby Dick
by Herman Melville (Dec 04, 1999)
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Widely considered one of the great American novels, Herman Melville’s masterpiece went largely unread during his lifetime and was out of print at the time of his death in 1891. Called the greatest book about the sea ever written by D.H. Lawrence, Moby Dick features detailed descriptions of whale hunting and whale oil extraction as well as beautiful...
Steve Jobs
Oct 24, 2011
Jobs told me that "Moby-Dick" was among his favorite books and he reread it a lot when he was a teen.     source
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Diet for a Small Planet
by Frances Moore Lappe (Oct 31, 1991)
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Here again is the extraordinary bestselling book that taught America the social and personal significance of a new way of eating-- one that remains a complete guide for eating well in the 90s. Featuring: simple rules for a healthy diet; a streamlined, easy-to-use format; delicious food combinations of protein-rich meals without meat; hundreds of wo...
Steve Jobs
Oct 24, 2011
That's when I swore off meat pretty much for good" Jobs recalled.     source
Be Here Now
by Ram Dass (Oct 11, 1978)
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Describes one man's transformation upon his acceptance of the principles of Yoga & gives a modern restatement of the importance of the spiritual side of human nature. Illustrated.The book is divided into four sections:Journey: The Transformation: Dr Richard Alpert, PhD into Baba Ram DassFrom Bindu to Ojas: The Core BookCookbook for a Sacred Life: A...
Steve Jobs
Oct 24, 2011
Jobs found himself deeply influenced by a variety of books on spirituality and enlightment most notably Be Here Now "It was profound" , - Jobs said. "It has transformed me and many of my friends     source
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Autobiography of a Yogi
by P. Yogananda (May 03, 1955)
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Steve Jobs
Oct 24, 2011
The guide to meditation and spirituality that he had first read as a teenager, then re-read in India and had read once a year ever since     source
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Meditation in Action
by Chogyam Trungpa (May 13, 2019)
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Steve Jobs and I definitely read Meditation in Action prior to the India trip.     source
The Essene Gospel of Peace
The Complete 4 Books in One Volume
by Barry J Peterson (May 25, 2018)
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Steve Jobs and I definitely read The Essene Gospel of Peace prior to the India trip.     source
Hindu Mysticism
by S. N. Dasgupta (Jan 07, 2017)
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This book is a systematic introduction to Hindu Mysticism intended mainly for a reader new to the subject. The work of a noted 20th Indian philosopher and teacher, it is an absorbing book to read. From a description of the early sacrificial type, the author goes on to deal with four types of mysticism: the Upanisadic, The Yogic, the Buddistic, and ...
Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs and I definitely read Hindu Mysticism prior to the India trip.     source
Mucusless Diet Healing System
Scientific Method of Eating Your Way to Health
by Arnold Ehret (Nov 08, 2013)
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Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs' dietary habits became even more obsessive when he read Mucusless Diet Healing System.     source
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
50th Anniversary Edition
by Thomas S. Kuhn (Apr 29, 2012)
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A good book may have the power to change the way we see the world, but a great book actually becomes part of our daily consciousness, pervading our thinking to the point that we take it for granted, and we forget how provocative and challenging its ideas once were—and still are. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is that kind of book. When it ...
Steve Jobs
The first time I sat down with Steve Jobs, he immediately asked me if I had read The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. I think he was assimilating into this personality, this notion that he found in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.     source
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The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas
The Original Edition
by Dylan Thomas (Apr 22, 2010)
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The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas contains poems that Thomas personally decided best represented his work. A year before its publication Thomas died from swelling of the brain triggered by excessive drinking. Since its initial publication in 1953, this book has become the definitive edition of the poet’s work. Thomas wrote “Prologue” addressed to...
Steve Jobs
One of Steve Jobs' other favorites books growing up.     source
The Dhammapada
by Eknath Easwaran (Apr 12, 2007)
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Dhammapada means “the path of dharma,” the path of truth, harmony, and righteousness that anyone can follow to reach the highest good. Easwaran’s translation of this classic Buddhist text is the best-selling edition in its field, praised by Huston Smith as a “sublime rendering.”The introduction gives an overview of the Buddha’s teachings that is pe...
Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs and I definitely read The Dhammapada prior to the India trip.     source
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The Dharma Bums
by Jack Kerouac (Oct 30, 2006)
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Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs and I definitely read The Dharma Bums prior to the India trip.     source
Way Of The White Clouds
by Lama AnagarikaF Govinda (Feb 01, 2006)
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'It tells of terrible journeys, of men masked against the sun (riding through ethereal regions with their feet frozen), of welcoming fog-girt monasteries lit by butter lamps at the journey's end' New Statesman The Way of the White Clouds is the remarkable narrative of a pilgrimage which could not be made today. Lama Anagarika Govinda was among the ...
Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs and I definitely read The Way of White Clouds prior to the India trip.     source
Inside the Tornado
Strategies for Developing, Leveraging, and Surviving Hypergrowth Markets (Collins Business Essentials)
by Geoffrey A. Moore (Dec 26, 2005)
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In this, the second of Geoff Moore's classic three-part marketing series, Moore provides highly useful guidelines for moving products beyond early adopters and into the lucrative mainstream market. Updated for the HarperBusiness Essentials series with a new author's note.Once a product "crosses the chasm" it is faced with the "tornado," a make or b...
The Diamond Sutra and the Sutra of Hui-neng
by Wong Mou-Lam (Nov 07, 2005)
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The Diamond Sutra, composed in India in the fourth century CE, is one of the most treasured works of Buddhist literature and is the oldest existing printed book in the world. It is known as the Diamond Sutra because its teachings are said to be like diamonds that cut away all dualistic thought, releasing one from the attachment to objects and brin...
Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs and I definitely read The Diamond Sutra and The Sutra of Hui-neng prior to the India trip.     source
King Lear
by William Shakespeare (Dec 31, 2003)
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Shakespeare’s King Lear challenges us with the magnitude, intensity, and sheer duration of the pain that it represents. Its figures harden their hearts, engage in violence, or try to alleviate the suffering of others. Lear himself rages until his sanity cracks. What, then, keeps bringing us back to King Lear? For all the force of its language, King...
Steve Jobs
I loved King Lear.     source
Songs of Milarepa
by Milarepa (May 01, 2003)
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A Buddhist holy man whose songs have been sung and studied since the twelfth century, Milarepa exchanged a life of sin and maliciousness for one of contemplation and love, eventually reaching—according to his disciples—the ultimate state of enlightenment. His thousands of extemporaneously composed songs communicate complex ideas in a simple, lucid ...
Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs and I definitely read Songs of Milarepa prior to the India trip.     source
On the Road
by Jack Kerouac (Dec 30, 2002)
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Pulsating with the rhythms of fifties underground America, jazz, sex, illicit drugs, and the mystery and promise of the open road, Jack Kerouac's classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be "Beat," and has inspired every generation since its initial publication in 1957. Based on Kerouac's adventures with Neal Cassady, On the R...
Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs and I definitely read On the Road prior to the India trip.     source
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Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand (Jul 31, 1999)
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This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world and did. Was he a destroyer or the greatest of liberators?Why did he have to fight his battle, not against his enemies, but against those who needed him most, and his hardest battle against the woman he loved? What is the worlds motor and the motive power of every man? Y...
Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs read some books that really were his guide in life. I think Atlas Shrugged might have been one of them that he mentioned back then.     source
Only the Paranoid Survive
How to Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company
by Andrew S. Grove (Mar 15, 1999)
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Under Andy Grove's leadership, Intel has become the world's largest chip maker and one of the most admired companies in the world. In Only the Paranoid Survive, Grove reveals his strategy of focusing on a new way of measuring the nightmare moment every leader dreads--when massive change occurs and a company must, virtually overnight, adapt or fall ...
Steve Jobs
This book is about one super-important concept. You must learn about Strategic Inflection Points, because sooner or later you are going to live through one     source
The Way of Zen
by Alan Watts (Jan 25, 1999)
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In his definitive introduction to Zen Buddhism, Alan Watts explains the principles and practices of this ancient religion to Western readers. With a rare combination of freshness and lucidity, he delves into the origins and history of Zen to explain what it means for the world today with incredible clarity. Watts saw Zen as “one of the most preciou...
Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs and I definitely read The Way of Zen prior to the India trip.     source
Das Energi
by Paul Williams (Mar 31, 1980)
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Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs and I definitely read Das Energi prior to the India trip.     source
The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment
by Thaddeus Golas (May 31, 1972)
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Originally published by the author in 1972, the underground classic Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment teaches how to improve the quality of life, to feel good, and to determine what's real. Golas leads the reader down the path toward enlightenment with simple steps, like memorizing key phrases and incorporating them into daily life and thought. Thi...
Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs and I definitely read The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment prior to the India trip.     source
Ramakrishna and His Disciples
by Christopher Isherwood (Aug 31, 1965)
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Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs and I definitely read Ramakrishna and His Disciples prior to the India trip.     source
Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism
by Lama Anagarika Govinda (Dec 31, 1958)
Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs and I definitely read Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism prior to the India trip.     source
The Business Value of Computers
An Executive's Guide by Paul A Strassmann (1990-12-02)
Steve Jobs
It's rather thick and it's not good bedime reading. But you can plough through it and there's some incredible stuff in it.     source