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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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Moby Dick
Herman Melville - Nov 01, 2016 (first published in 1851)
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"It is the horrible texture of a fabric that should be woven of ships' cables and hawsers. A Polar wind blows through it, and birds of prey hover over it." So Melville wrote of his masterpiece, one of the greatest works of imagination in literary history. In part, Moby-Dick is the story of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against ...
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
The Innovator's Dilemma
When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail
Clayton M. Christensen - Jan 05, 2016 (first published in 1997)
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The bestselling classic on disruptive innovation, by renowned author Clayton M. Christensen. His work is cited by the world’s best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell. In this classic bestseller—one of the most influential business books of all time—innovation expert Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding com...
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
Shunryu Suzuki - Jun 28, 2011 (first published in 1970)
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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
Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism
Chogyam Trungpa - Oct 14, 2008 (first published in 1973)
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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
Autobiography of a Yogi
Paramahansa Yogananda - Jul 01, 1994 (first published in 1946)
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An autobiographical account of an early nineteenth-century yogi as he reaches self-realization, identification with his larger self, mankind, and union with his God....
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
Diet for a Small Planet
Frances Moore Lappe - Nov 01, 1991 (first published in 1971)
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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
Ram Dass - Oct 12, 1978 (first published in 1971)
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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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The Essene Gospel of Peace
The Complete 4 Books in One Volume
Barry J Peterson - May 26, 2018
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For the first time the complete 4 books of the Essene Gospel of Peace are available in one volume. The Essene Gospel of Peace, The Unknown Book of the Essenes, Lost Scrolls of the Essene Brotherhood & The Teachings of the Elect. The Essene Gospel of Peace were found in the Vatican Library and translated by Edmond Bordeaux Szekely Edmond Bordeau...
Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs and I definitely read The Essene Gospel of Peace prior to the India trip.     source
Hindu Mysticism
S. N. Dasgupta - Jan 08, 2017 (first published in 1927)
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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
Arnold Ehret - Nov 08, 2013 (first published in 1976)
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This scientific method of eating, developed by Ehret in 1922, presents a complete, workable program for cleansing, repairing, rebuilding, and maintaining a healthy body. this book lays out Professor Ehret's simple and logical plan in plain, understandable language so that anyone can apply the Ehret method....
Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs' dietary habits became even more obsessive when he read Mucusless Diet Healing System.     source
On the Road
Jack Kerouac - Nov 20, 2012 (first published in 1957)
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Jack Kerouac's groundbreaking novel—soon to be a major motion picture with a star-studded castIn what is sure to be one of the major cinematic events of 2012, Jack Kerouac's legendary Beat classic, On the Road, will finally hit the big screen. Directed by Walter Salles (The Motorcycle Diaries; Paris, Je T'Aime) and with a cast of some of Hollywood'...
Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs and I definitely read On the Road prior to the India trip.     source
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn
Meetings with Remarkable Men by G. Gurdjieff
Meditation in Action by Chogyam Trungpa
The Collected Poems of Dylan Thomas by Dylan Thomas
The Dhammapada by Eknath Easwaran
The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
Way Of The White Clouds by Lama AnagarikaF Govinda
Inside the Tornado by Geoffrey A. Moore
The Diamond Sutra and the Sutra of Hui-neng by Wong Mou-Lam
King Lear by William Shakespeare
Songs of Milarepa by Milarepa
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Only the Paranoid Survive by Andrew S. Grove
The Way of Zen by Alan Watts
Das Energi by Paul Williams
The Lazy Man's Guide to Enlightenment by Thaddeus Golas
Ramakrishna and His Disciples by Christopher Isherwood
Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism by Lama Anagarika Govinda
The Business Value of Computers by