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by Daniel Lyons

Welcome to the mind—to the world—of Fake Steve Jobs. Fake Steve the counterintuitive management guru: “Obviously we can’t literally put our employees’ lives at risk. But we have to make them feel that way.” Fake Steve the celebrity hobnobber: “I like Bono. He’s the only person I know who’s more self-absorbed than I am.”

Options is the book that had the critics howling—with laughter:

“A voice for our own digital age....Mac-slappingly funny.”— “Hilarious.”—New York Times “There’s a laugh-out-loud moment on nearly each one of the book’s pages.”—Wall Street Journal “Wickedly funny.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Download Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs epub
ISBN: 0306817411
ISBN13: 978-0306817410
Category: Humor
Subcategory: Humor
Author: Daniel Lyons
Language: English
Publisher: Da Capo Press; Reprint edition (August 12, 2008)
Pages: 256 pages
ePUB size: 1608 kb
FB2 size: 1226 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 844
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I bought this book after reading the author's Fake Steve blog on a bus in London one night. I could not stop laughing for the whole journey - it was embarrassing! The book is written in the same style, with a story arch - and it's just as funny as the blog. It made me laugh just as much!

Prior knowledge of the participants at Apple (2005 - 2012) is needed to fully enjoy the book. If you've finished Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography and you want another take on it, read this book.
This was a terrific book. I read it on my lunch hour at work everyday over the past month and would always find myself laughing at something in it. I would recommend this book to any Apple fan or anybody who knows a little bit about Apple. The book is excellent at making fun of the Apple and PC culture, and it does so in a fun way. It's a really good parody of Steve Jobs from front cover to back cover. If you have ever found yourself reading Daniel Lyons fake Steve Jobs blog (which is hilarious) I would recommend you buy this book.
This story had me laughing out loud. I was assigned to read this book for a college course years ago, and to this day it still one of my favorites. Its written as if its like Steve's diary, running into a cast of characters such as Bono. Its captivating and hilarious. I would reccomend this to any Steve Jobs or Apple producer lover.
I ran across a reference to this book when I read what was actually a pretty favorable review, from 2010 and by Daniel Lyons, of Apple's employment of vertical integration in the company's development of the iPad (<[...]>). Lyons blogged---as Fake Steve Jobs---an account of Jobs' life for at least a year, and this book apparently grows out of that blog. "Options" takes the form of an autobiography written by "Fake Steve Jobs," although, at the book's conclusion, yet another Fake Steve Jobs emerges. The book weaves a narrative around a scandal, involving backdated stock options, in which Jobs was implicated in late 2006 and early 2007. In the book, Jobs ultimately replaces himself with his personal assistant, Ja'Red, undergoes simultaneous plastic surgery, and drops out of sight (along with two billion dollars). The book is obviously a satire, not only of Jobs himself but of all ego-centric CEOs and upper-level managers who somehow convince themselves that they are the sole reason for a product's development and who manage to ignore completely the hundreds and sometimes thousands of employees who do the actual work for a company. Jobs, who lived for twenty years off what he initially stole from Xerox PARC before "borrowing" a concept that had been popular in Japan for years when Apple introduced the iPod, is a perfect exemplum for these delusional near-sociopaths who probably contribute very little to a company's success even as they soak up corporate profits for themselves. After all, Jobs is now (in April 2012) dead and, because of his illnesses, had pretty much been away from the company for the past two years, and what does Apple do? The company releases a new iPad to tremendously high sales. Of course, the company, Apple, is itself a perfect target for such parody and satire as well, with its overpriced products that have just as many---if different---flaws as any other competing consumer items, flaws that the company's passionate followers ignore with the zeal of a Kansas legislator. Lyons perfectly captures these mindsets in his book and is able to weave a narrative that is satisfying, in spite of its ultimately being far too kind to Jobs and his corporate conspirators. After all, at the end of the book, the original Steve Jobs is planning on introducing a new product based on an idea that he stole from Ja'Red. I guess the book's moral is, "If you steal blatantly enough, the world will think you're a genius." As is typical of satires, the book is far less uplifting than it is accurate.

In a case of life imitating art, as I was drafting these comments (on 29 March 2012), the Fair Labor Association (FLA) released its investigative report on working conditions at Foxconn's Chinese plants where Apple manufactures its products. The Fair Labor Association Report (<[...]>) identified at least fifty "issues" (i.e., violations) of FLA code and Chinese labor law in such areas as worker safety, wages, and working hours. A lot of these issues result from exactly the sorts of pressures, described in "Options," that upper management places on workers: apparently random, last-minute design changes, unreasonable schedules, micromanagement by incompetent supervisors (who have their jobs based on some criteria applicable perhaps in another dimension but not in this world). Of course, in 2010, the British "Daily Mail" printed a story (<[...]>) in which Foxconn company officials forced workers to sign a form promising they would not kill themselves. (The company instituted this policy after a number of employees--working 34-hour shifts--committed suicide.) In "Options," Fake Steve Jobs travels to China to visit one of these factories. In the novel, the character feels really, really bad for one young worker in particular. I guess the Fake Steve Jobs has more humanity than his real-life counterpart.
Although this is not a true sequel to Pirates of Silicon Valley, it will please anyone who liked the 1999s movie.

The book is truly well written and very, very funny. It is a "must buy" for anyone that likes to follow the Valley news and gossip.

Steve is portrayed in such a coherent way along the book, that sometimes you may even forget that the author is faking. And, perhaps surprisingly, although the book was made from blog posts, there is a storyline and the whole book is consistently funny.

While reading, in many times I have laughed loudly; it is a very pleasureful reading. The book certainly has many peeks, including all Larry Ellison's episodes, annoying lawyers with their Windows notebooks (always rebooting) and Zune players, Steve's zen style and many others.
Imaginative, creative, witty, laugh out loud funny, the life we all think Steve Jobs lived (and secretly wish we lived, too)
Funniest book I have read in years. I am not aware if it is still in print but I haven't laughed this hard reading a book in years. I was sitting in Shenzhen and snorted my pepsi out my nose when FSJ starts explaining how he got to "white". Brilliant writing.
Very amusing, it's really does poke at the underbelly of an icon!