Steve Jobs Biography Review

Posted by Mayank on October 21, 2011 in Review

Steve_Jobs_by_Walter_IsaacsonSteve Jobs is the highly anticipated authorized biography of Steve Jobs. The biography is written by acclaimed biographer Walter Isaacson. While Steve Jobs needs no introduction, Walter is a former executive at CNN and Time and has written best-selling biographies about Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein.

The 630 page book will be available on June 24th and is an outcome of more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over 2 years. The book is also based on interviews with more than 100 family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues.

The book is described as “chronicling the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.”Jobs is said to have cooperated with the book – asking no control over its content and also waived the right to read it before it was published.

Originally planned for March 6, 2012 release, its release date was moved forward to November 21, 2011 due to Jobs’ deteriorating health, and again following Jobs’ death on October 5, 2011.It is currently scheduled for October 24th, 2011 release.

The book was originally titled iSteve: The Book of Jobs, but was changed to the “simpler and more elegant” title after Isaacson’s wife and daughter told him it was “too cutesy.” This is probably because the publishers may have wanted a title that really plays on the “authorized” part; since this is the first book to cover Jobs with his approval, putting his name front and center will help do just that.

NY Times quotes : Every authorized biography includes some score-settling by its subject. Steven P. Jobs, the late Apple co-founder and subject of Walter Isaacson’s new book, “Steve Jobs,” proves no different. Among those criticized in the book were Steve Ballmer of Microsoft, John Mayer, the musician, and President Obama.

The 630-page biography spans Mr. Jobs’s entire life, and also includes previously unknown details about his romantic life, his marriage, his relationship with his sister and his business dealings. In romance, Mr. Isaacson writes, Mr. Jobs fell hard, but often made it hard on the women in his life. In 1985, he met and fell in love with a computer consultant, Tina Redse. They lived together on and off for years, and Mr. Jobs proposed in 1989. But she declined, telling friends he would “drive her crazy.”

Steve Jobs’s early decision to put off surgery and rely on less conventional treatments angered and upset his family, the book says. According to Mr. Isaacson, Mr. Jobs was one of 20 people in the world to have all the genes of his cancer tumor and his normal DNA sequenced. The price tag at the time: $100,000.

The book also offers some tidbits about Mr. Jobs’s legendary attention to detail, which, according to Mr. Isaacson, extended to a luxury yacht that he began designing in 2009. The design is sleek and minimalist, with 40-foot-long glass walls. It is being built in the Netherlands by the custom yacht firm Feadship, the book says.

The book will be published by Simon & Schuster, with a list price of $35. It is available at Amazon at 50% discount for $17.88. The title already tops Amazon best-seller lists.

 

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