Perhaps finally shattering the mystery of “Who is the real Steve Jobs?”, a new report claims that the elusive Apple CEO is working with a writer on an official, authorized biography.
AppleInsider has the details on the new report from The New York Times, which claims that former Time magazine managing editor Walter Isaacson is working with Jobs on a bio. Of course, there are already many books that have been written about Steve Jobs, but this would mark the first time he has participated -- let alone given it his blessing.
"Cooperation with Mr. Isaacson could be a sign that Mr. Jobs has emerged from his recent health battles with more of an interest in shaping his legacy," the report claims.
As many Apple followers know, Jobs was absent from the company for the first half of 2009, returning to work only last summer after a successful liver transplant.
Isaacson has already authored two best-selling biographies, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and EinStein: His Life and Universe. The author, who declined to comment for the Times story, is currently the chief executive and president of the Aspen Institute in Washington.
The report claims that the bio -- which will reportedly span Job’s entire life -- is still in the early planning stages, but that the Apple CEO has already invited the author to tour his childhood home.
Jobs has historically been frustrated by the media’s attempts to intrude upon his private life, which only increased in recent years, culminating with his reluctant public disclosure in 2004 that he had had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his pancreas.
One of the more recent unauthorized biographies on Jobs was 2005’s iCon Steve Jobs: The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business by Jeffrey S. Young. The iconic Apple co-founder was so incensed by the book that he ordered all titles published by John Wiley & Sons to be pulled from their corporate stores -- which only increased consumer demand to see what all of the hoopla was about.