Unlike Watson's unbiased, fact-presenting, event-recording description, authors of Becoming Steve Jobs(bsb) try a personal touch to explain the growth and maturity of Jobs from their observations and others.
I agree with the authors that the NEXT/Pixar years are the key to the success of his second tenure in Apple. Jobs is a natural-born design/product marketing/business guy which leads Apple to the first success. However as the company grows, the idiocracy and overconfidence blinds his judgement on reality and cant match the company's growth, which results in the forced out. The NEXT/Pixar upside-down experiences provide a rare chance to allow him to rethink and learn from others how to manage company, product and people.
Another part I'd like to read is the development process of the iphone. It is not from some magic.It is a natural improvement of its existing ipod. It's a combination of different team efforts under Jobs' leadership. It follows the product development process to establish its prominent position in the market. ipod -> Failed RKOR musicphone -> ipphone w/o third-party app support-> iphone w/ app store. It also illustrates the successful transformation Jobs has from his past.
Some side thoughts from readings:
1. Jobs like to control people, maybe the closed system is the reflection to his personal traits. The interesting part is the people or products under his leadership/control are all acting as their best. In certain way like monarchy under wise leader. When no monarchy and wise leader, what it will lead to is in doubt.
2. Again the comparison of MS and Apple. MS is burdened with its glorious past and failed to respond to the changing tides several times. I guess MS will keep developing its own mobile OS, but it will be a hard catch-up. Otherwise it will completely lose the future. In a way present Apple is following the old past MS has experienced. Bad enough, Apple's closed system limits its applications in other fields.