Originally slated for release in November 21st, Walter Isaacson’s authorized biography of Steve Jobs is available now, both at retailers and electronically. The authorized biography became an Amazon bestseller since Steve Jobs’ passing based on pre-orders alone, making this advance release one that is highly anticipated.
The reason for the biography? “I wanted my kids to know me,” Isaacson quoted Jobs as saying in their final interview at Jobs’ home in Palo Alto, California. “I wasn’t always there for them and I wanted them to know why and to understand what I did.”
Isaacson said he visited Jobs for the last time a few weeks ago and found him curled up in some pain in a downstairs bedroom. Jobs had moved there because he was too weak to go up and down stairs; “but his mind was still sharp and his humor vibrant,” Isaacson writes in an essay that will be published in Time magazine’s October 17 edition.
Simon & Schuster’s synopsis says the book is based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years – as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues. “Although Jobs co-operated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against.
“Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership and values.”
Jobs died on Wednesday October 5th at the age of 56 after suffering a rare form of pancreatic cancer.