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Creepy Genius - 'The Second Coming of Steve Jobs'
By Alan Deutschman (2000)

A portion of the miracle is chronicled by Alan Deutschman (a former Fortune writer) in The Second Coming of Steve Jobs, which provides a smooth transition to the Creepy Genius genre.

What may have been the most commercially successful Steve book generously acknowledges what Deutschman deems the key element of Jobs' success ("supporting the creative achievements of others") and tick-tocks the turnaround Jobs engineered after his return to Apple.

But Deutschman also spends dozens of pages plumbing the uglier aspects of Jobs' personality: A prank Jobs and his pal Larry Ellison played on a hapless engineer is so cruel and pointless that it makes you want to avert your eyes.

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