The industry has been mourning the death of Apple leader Steve Jobs who died yesterday. The official biography, written by Walter Isaacson has been moved forward for release to the 24th of October after the initial plan was to release it on the 21st of November.
Isaacson tells an intimate story of his life, and also focuses on the leaders final months, detailing how he was that sick he couldn’t climb a set of stairs. Jobs said that he wanted to let his children know what he was often not around “I wasn’t always there for them and I wanted them to know why and to understand what I did.”
Isaacson met the iconic technology entrepreneur several times and said that the last time he visited he found him lying on the floor in pain in a downstairs bedroom. He wasn’t able to go upstairs and just crashed in the nearest room. He said that Job’s mind was still as sharp as ever in the final months, but his body just succumbed to the illness.
The book, published by Simon & Schuster is based around more than 40 interviews with Steve Jobs himself, over a two year period and will give a direct insight into the man himself, rather than some random observations of a writer, which has often been the case with books based on the private Apple co-founder.
“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.”
Kitguru says: Well worth a read, we think.