Apple's Steve Jobs Gives Green Light for Official Biography
While such a powerful and influential man as Steve Jobs would certainly want to be careful about how his life is portrayed, someone has finally convinced the Apple CEO to let approve a biography of his life.
Though it's yet to be written, the biography already has a title — "iSteve: The Book of Jobs" — that manages to sound both flippant and biblical at the same time. The author, Walter Isaacson, is a former managing editor of Time magazine and biographer of other notable figures such as Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin.
Unofficial biographies are relatively easy to do, but getting approval for an official biography from Jobs has instantly made the book more authoritative and exciting for many people. Jobs has agreed to interviews with Isaacson, though it's unclear if the deal allows Jobs to influence what information makes it into the final version of the book.
The agreement from Jobs, who is notoriously private and controlling of his own image as well as his company's , has fueled speculation that Jobs' recent leaves from work for medical reasons might be more serious than the company lets on. Some experts think he may be making sure he has a chance to tell his story before he dies. Regardless, Mac fans and detractors alike are interested in the official version of his life, which included founding Apple, getting kicked out by the board and then returning years later to turn the company around and create the electronics powerhouse we know today .
Isaacson has already been hard at work on the preliminary writing and research since 2009. Simon & Schuster has agreed to publish the book, but it isn't scheduled for release until early 2012.