Walter Isaacson: Steve Jobs biography could expand

“Liked Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs? There may be more to come,” Richard Nieva reports for Fortune.

“At an event in San Francisco hosted by the Commonwealth Club of California, Isaacson shared a number of gems about the two years he spent with Jobs writing the book and talked about the possibility of expanding the title in the future,” Nieva reports. “”

Nieva reports, “The author discussed potential plans for expanding the already 630-page book in the future. One possibility is doing an extensively annotated version. Another is writing an addendum that addresses the period surrounding Jobs’ death. Fleshing out the details seems like a logical next step, since Isaacson believes the Apple CEO’s story will be told for decades or a century to come. ‘This is the first or second draft,’ he said, referring to his book’s role in documenting Jobs’ life. ‘It’s not the final draft.'”

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  1. Barf! A banal, boring book that fails completely to show what was exceptional about Steve Jobs. Makes him seem like one of a million other driven guys who act like jerks from time to time. Kept waiting for it to get better. It didn’t. Finally gave up. Definitely don’t need any more!

    1. The book has almost no details about Jobs’ personal efforts in technology. Isaacson did not really ask Steven about it, and the others were never going to give any credit to him.

      Imagine that even though Jobs was primary designer of iMac, PowerBook Ti, iMac G4 and some other things, book has nothing about it. It discusses Johnathan Ive’s undoubtedly major participation major in that (for example, translucent colours idea for iMac belongs to Ive) but it was done the way as if Jobs had nothing to do with these designs.

      Legal/patent department obviously is very precise thing and if even having Johnathan’s notes which document his ideas and designs they assigned Jobs as primary inventor on tens of patents (among about 350 where Jobs participated as co-inventor), then Steven definitely had a lot to do with designs, not just picking proposed models.

      Yet the book says nothing about it.

  2. Yes. Like showing the whole Steve Jobs. The man with a great passion for life who set out to change the world for the better. To do it for the common man. One of the few who dented our universe. Show the man so many loved.

  3. Just give us as much of the 40+ interviews you’ve had with Mr. Jobs, uncut and unedited and preferably, hopefully, in audio, and we’ll try our best to forgive your botched job (though can’t guarantee such generosity from the future historians).

  4. I’d love to see a release of a book and audio.

    A Book of all the interviews transcribed without any changes/commentary etc. and the audio of the interviews.

    That would rock.

    I feel the existing book left it to the reader to gleam the importance or significance of what Jobs accomplished, I’m not sure there is anything wrong with this approach, but I suspect it leaves diehard fans feeling like it was a dry read or with the impression that big things were *missed* or misrepresented.

    The silence of those who knew him after the bio release tells me that while it is likely his brilliance was not fully conveyed or explained in the book (how do you explain that anyway?) , what is there must be at least a partially accurate picture of who he was.

  5. Unfortunately, a writer who bases everything they write from own experience has not grappled with the issues. It takes an original writer to grapple with the issues, or the writers voice can be to loud. I see so many people in this world, basing everything on themselves. There must be a good word for this …

  6. I think the biographical work of Steve Jobs would be better done by Steven Levy. He understands technology better than Walter Isaacson.

    Isaacson tries hard to be a shrink; not only is he untrained and incompetent to be one, but he also did a terrible job in using a boilerplate approach in his analysis.

    1. I agree completely. Levy would have delved into Steve’s mind, attempting to find his remarkable gifts.
      Not like a shrink but to see why Steve was able to see things nobody else could. To find out how would SEE things (view images inside his mind). He would’ve, i believe, been able to describe exactly how and why Steve had that Ah-ha moment when describing how he cracked the TV quandary.

  7. Dear Walter,

    An expansion would be nice. But here’s a higher priority:


    You got some stuff wrong. You quoted hearsay. You quoted HATEsay. You quoted mythology. You quoted self-serving egomaniacal rants. Get the facts. State the facts. Let the expansion wait.

  8. Isaacson cutting a deal with Vegas casinos, there are gonna be Steve Jobs impersonators doing “MacWorld” shows: “Insanely Great!”. Showstoppers:”One More Thing”; “Think Different” Recreates announcements of the iPhone, iPad. Audience looking as mesmerized/enchanted as they did at the real thing.
    Don’t laugh, it’ll probably happen. Noah Wylie signs up for 26 weeks at the Bellagio as Steve Jobs in “Insanely Great!”
    At least the costume budget should be pretty modest.

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