Walter Isaacson pulled of a hell of a journalist coup by getting Steve Jobs to finally tell his life story for Simon and Schuster before he passed away. The notoriously prickly tech giant was not fond of the press, but agreed to let his story be told for the sake of history, and the book was a huge success.
Now Isaacson has a new book out, The Innovators, which is subtitled, How a Group of Hackers Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, and it’s coming on October 7 through Simon and Schuster.
Among the groundbreakers Isaacson includes are Jobs, Bill Gates, Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, who laid the groundwork for the tech revolution in the 1800s, and more. The lessons Isaacson learned from his research? He told Vanity Fair it’s important to “connect art and science,” much like Jobs wanted to “stand at the intersection of humanities and sciences,” collaborate with people, which is what helps spur creativity, work with people in person, and “vision without execution is hallucination.” (This is how AOL almost went down, because entrepreneur William von Meister came up with a lot of ideas, but didn’t follow through on the execution.)
It was great that Isaacson was able to lay down Job’s story forever, and we’re looking forward to seeing how he lays out the history of tech, and who paved the road over the centuries.