First Authorized Steve Jobs Bio Confirmed - HotHardware
First Authorized Steve Jobs Bio Confirmed

First Authorized Steve Jobs Bio Confirmed

Simon & Schuster has announced that, for the first time, an authorized biography of Steve Jobs will be published in early 2012. The book is called "iSteve: The Book of Jobs" and is written by Walter Isaacson.

Numerous unofficial biographies on the Apple CEO have been written. One parody biography was written as well, "Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs - A Parody," by Fake Steve Jobs (AKA Daniel Lyons). Not even the parody drew such ire from Jobs and Apple as did "iCon: Steve Jobs, The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business," by Jeffrey S. Young and William L. Simon. In 2005, Apple banned by John Wiley & Sons from its stores because of that unauthorized biography.

Walter Isaacson has reportedly been working on the long-rumored authorized biography since 2009 and has interviewed Jobs, members of his family, colleagues at Apple and rivals, too. Jonathan Karp, publisher of Simon & Schuster, said in a statement,
"This is the perfect match of subject and author, and it is certain to be a landmark book about one of the world's greatest innovators. Just as he did with Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, Walter Isaacson is telling a unique story of revolutionary genius."
This is the official announcement of the authorized biography. In mid-February, the New York Times posted an article, citing unnamed sources, reporting on the biography.

Although the world will definitely be interested in reading an authorized biography of Apple's CEO, many are asking the question: who is Walter Isaacson? And how did he managed to convince Jobs, whose contempt for journalists is well-known, to give him access?

Isaacson, actually, is well known among journalists. He is 58 (Jobs is 56), and besides being former Chairman and CEO of CNN, he was also the Managing Editor of TIME (its top post). He was also appointed by President Barack Obama to be the Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which runs Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and the other international broadcasts of the U.S. government

Isaacson has written three other biographies, including Kissinger: A Biography (1992), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003) and Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007).

As far as how he convinced Steve Jobs to allow him to write the biography, and how he won Jobs' trust, Simon & Schuster editor-in-chief Priscilla Painton said he just "worked at it." Persistence reportedly paid off.
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I wonder if Isaacson could get Jobs to plug it in his next product unveiling. The only problem I can really see is Jobs getting anything that makes him look less than perfect taken out of the book, but who knows maybe I have him pegged wrong.

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So we are putting Steve Jobs in the same category as Einstein and Benjamin Franklin now??? What has the world come to.

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I agree what the hell he is certainly not on their level and besides the fact that he is probably not the one who even developed the technology he is just a face.

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its an adaptation of the book of Genesis.

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from some reason I think this would be boring...

 

Q1 how did you come up with the design of the Ipad?

A: I dont know, some people who work for me, I have no clue what their name is, designed it and I payed them little to do it. 

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jonation:

its an adaptation of the book of Genesis.

The Book Of Job will now be called The Book Of Jobs.

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Agree with all of you about him only being the face. He might toss out ideas but the actual making of them is another story. But who knows, maybe he does the dirty work too :P. Still i'm not interested in getting this book :D

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Definitely worth the purchase. He revived a company that was breathing it's last breaths and reconstructed the entire aesthetic and reputation. Whether you are a pc or mac person (or if your not a computer person at all), as a business mind alone Jobs is iconic.

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I'm not trying to discount or diminish the role Jobs has played in the tech industry, but sometimes I get frustrated with the elitist attitude of the company, which I assume comes from top officials such as Jobs and others.

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Hopefully the book will reveal whether Job's is just a face or if it turns out he actually gets his hands dirty (in a good way) by doing some work from time to time

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or if he really is a closet ninja

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Yeah this is one of the men we have to thank for a PC period. While I do not get along well with the ideas of his company that are used in many ways, he has my respect personally. I may not like Apple, but todays PC world would still not exist where it is right now I don't think without him. So you have to give him his props even if he is a strange character, even if you don't like Apples business practices even if you don't like watching his iSheep go ballistic anytime he don's his black turtle neck and does one of his conferences, he is no less than an Icon technically speaking.

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