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Originally scheduled for release in early 2012 and first bumped up to November, former Time magazine managing editor Walter Isaacson’s official biography of Steve Jobs is now in stores -- and if you happened to preorder it as a Kindle title via Amazon, you might have gotten it a little early, too.
October 24 marks the release of the first official biography of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, which simply carries his namesake in the title. The 656 page book published by Simon & Schuster is the culmination of more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years, as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors and colleagues.
“At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination,” the book description reads. “He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.”
The author, Walter Isaacson, first met Steve Jobs as the managing editor of Time magazine back in 1984 when the Macintosh was about to be unveiled. Isaacson’s career continued as the chairman of CNN and most recently CEO of The Aspen Institute, along the way writing celebrated biographies such as Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and Einstein: His Life and Universe.
Steve Jobs marks Isaacson’s latest work and certainly one that many MacLife.com readers are sure to own. After initially being announced for early 2012, then pushed to November and finally October 24, the title started pushing out to early Amazon Kindle preorder buyers around 10pm EST on Sunday, followed by early iBookstore purchasers an hour or so later. The hardback version is also available in stores everywhere on Monday.
“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,” the book description continues. “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. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.”
We’re already well into our copy of this highly anticipated tome… how about you?
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