‘Steve Jobs: A Biography’ release date is moved up to Nov. 21


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The authorized biography of Steve Jobs, creatively titled ‘Steve Jobs: A Biography,’ is getting moved up a few months to a new Nov. 21 release date.

The book, which is already an Amazon bestseller, was previously set to come out March 6.


The much anticipated book is being written by Walter Isaacson, who is the president of the Aspen Institute, a former executive at Time magazine and CNN, and the author of bestselling biographies ‘Benjamin Franklin: An American Life’ and ‘Einstein: His Life and Universe.’

Isaacson, according to a description of the book posted by Barnes & Noble online Monday (and first spotted by the blog, spent two years conducting more than 40 interviews with Jobs’ family, friends, rivals and colleagues for the biography.

‘This book chronicles 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,’ the description says.

‘Although Jobs cooperated 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 and instead encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly, even foes, former girlfriends, and colleagues he had once fired or infuriated.’

A quote from Jobs in the description seems to hint at what the Apple CEO has to say in the book.

‘I’ve done a lot of things I’m not proud of, such as getting my girlfriend pregnant when I was 23 and the way I handled that,’ Jobs said, according to the description. ‘But I don’t have any skeletons in my closet that can’t be allowed out.’


The Barnes & Noble listing said that Jobs was, at times, brutally honest ‘about the people he worked with and competed against,’ and his friends and foes were the same.

‘He was not a model boss or human being, tidily packaged for emulation,’ the description said. ‘Driven by demons, he 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 thus both instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.’

The book also has a new, simpler cover design -- one that befits Apple’s minimalist design a bit better than the previous cover mock-up.


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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles