iBook: Steve Jobs chooses Walter Isaacson as official biographer

“A handful of presumptive biographers have, over the years, tried to tell the remarkable story of Steven P. Jobs: the youthful visionary who, after being ousted from Apple, the company he helped to found, triumphantly returned to lead a new era of high-tech innovation,” brad Stone reports for The New York Times. “But those efforts lacked one important ingredient: cooperation from Mr. Jobs himself.”

“Now Apple’s chief executive is set to collaborate on an authorized biography, to be written by Walter Isaacson, the former managing editor of Time magazine [and author of Einstein: His Life and Universe, Kissinger: A Biography, and Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, among others], according to two people briefed on the project,” Stone reports.

“The book, which is in the early planning stages, would cover the entire life of Mr. Jobs, from his youth in the area now known as Silicon Valley through his years at Apple, these people said. Mr. Jobs, who will turn 55 on Feb. 24, has invited Mr. Isaacson to tour his childhood home, one person with knowledge of the discussion said,” Stone reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Lava_Head_UK” for the heads up.]


  1. Cool! Can’t wait to read it!

    I’m glad he’s decided to do that, he is too important (and fascinating) to miss out on his life’s journey from his point of view.

  2. I have only one question: why now? Why not in 10 years? I refuse to speculate on the why, but the timing is somewhat curious. That said, a good biography can take a long time to research and write. It may be the detail-oriented, control-freak side of Steve to do the right thing with his life story: control the message.

    I’ve read a few books about him, and concluded that the authors were akin to three blind men trying to describe an elephant. I hope if this rumor is true, that the eventual finished product does justice to a complex and compelling person.

  3. @brian

    I’ll tell you why now, because Jobs is ready to go into reclusion.

    The iPad will be his swan song and he’ll leave on a high note.

    Issacson is a terrific choice and unlike the poster above, I like his style, his choice materials, including layout, paper, fonts, etc., and more importantly his perspective. I would love to see him juxtapose Franklin’s contributions to the printed word and Job’s love of desktop publishing.

  4. Dualie’s Ghost

    Not only do I agree with you, but I also believe you need to have a little bit of hero worship or fascination to be able to find, appreciate, understand and want to explain all the intricacies of an historic life like Einstein, Franklin, Kissinger and Jobs.

    If not, it would make for one boring read.

  5. @Sarasota

    I’m thinking the book will come in at around five-hundred pages, so it will definitely touch on his birth, followed by the complexities of his family life, early influences, his friends and associations, his rise and fall, his triumphs and failures, and will include warts and all.

    Isaacson is meticulous in his writing style and will probably be flooded with input from those who both love, and hate, Stephen P Jobs.

    After his highly-detailed examination of Franklin’s life, which required years of living in the archives, Jobs’ life story will be a walk in the park, compared to Franklin’s, because he can conduct face-to-face interviews and trust me, he won’t have to drag the information out of the interviewees.

    I predict the book will become a bestseller before it’s even released.

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