Steve Job’s chosen biographer, Walter Isaacson, announced that the book about the Apple mogul’s life will be released on October 24. It will be simply called, “Steve Jobs”. Pre-orders have pushed the book on the Times’ best sellers list since Job’s death, CBS News reports.
Following the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs, the authorized biographer, that he himself chose to write his memoirs, revealed why Jobs wanted to have his life on paper. “I wanted my kids to know me” Jobs told Walter Isaacson. “I wasn’t always there for them, and I wanted them to know why and to understand what I did” he continued in the last conversation they had.
Isaacson recalls his first encounter with jobs. It took place in 2004, just before he underwent his pancreatic surgery. Previously, he had contacted Isaacson whenever he wanted one of his products on the cover of Times or on CNN, places that he had worked over the years. When first being approached to write his life story, the journalist and writer said that it was not a good idea at the moment and advised Jobs to postpone it to the time he retires. “But I later realized that he had called me just before he was going to be operated on for cancer for the first time”, Isaacson writes in an essay for The Times. He mentions that he later saw “awesome intensity, “astonishing emotional romanticism” and “obsession for control”, all combine in Jobs’ personality and work. This led him to start writing his life story as “a case study in creativity.”
Weeks before Steve Jobs’ death, Isaacson visited him at his home in Palo Alto. He found him in a very week state, experiencing some degree of pain, but still keeping his sharp mind and “vibrant” sense of humor. That was their 50th and last interview. It was the moment in which the biographer finally took the courage to ask the very-private Jobs why he chose to reveal his life in detail, after all this time. I “I wanted my kids to know me” and to understand what was the reason that he wasn’t there for them all the time.
Steve Jobs died of cancer on Wednesday. He was 56 years old.