As an accused Apple fan, I admit to casually liking their products every now and then.
So I decided to read the biography, which has taken me awhile to get through, due to work, kids, more kids, more work, etc.
It's an extremely interesting read, and not because Jobs is a noble, great man. He was a flawed, self-centered, damaged human being that was driven to designing great products, and, if the book is to be believed, was not entirely driven by money.
In the initial run with Apple, he is simply unlikeable. At all. While he may have thought he had the best intentions to make good stuff, his people skills were so deplorable that he's impossible to like.
After Apple, and after getting married, settling down, etc. he still is extremely difficult, but after dealing with the various challenges that his reality distortion field can't warp, he is revealed to in fact be human after all. Still an asshole, you begin to understand at least a glimmer as to why he's such a prick.
In many ways, as a father and a husband, you can see parts of him in all of us. Him often taking his wife for granted, her being the strong rock behind a temperamental man. Jobs's pride in his son. His value of friendships, particular old friendships. His feelings of abandonment from his biological parents.
It's a tremendously enjoyable read, and it truly makes me feel emotional not for Jobs himself, but for all the people along the way that for whatever reason kept reaching out to him because they saw something in him that made all the tantrums, tirades, and abuse worthwhile.
I definitely recommend it.
I bet it is a good read, and one I would be interested in. I don't really have any hate for the guy whatsoever; I don't know much of anything about him other than the Apple association (obviously). I have heard quite a bit of negative things thrown his way, but as with anything, you just have to take things with a grain of salt.
And I've never heard of too many "nice guys" who spearhead to the forefronts of an industry, especially one with such a rapidly transforming environment so prone to vulnerabilities.