Steve Jobs reportedly cooperating on authorized biography about his life

For the first time in history, Apple CEO Steve Jobs will cooperate on written history about his life

Steve Jobs is a famously private individual, and his obsession with privacy has certainly trickled its way down into Apple's corporate culture where employees tend to operate on a strict 'need to know' basis.

Over the course of Apple's history, a number of authors have attempted to write biographical portrayals of Steve Jobs and re-tellings of important events in Apple's history. These attempts have, seemingly without exception, roused the anger of Jobs who would routinely dismiss them as being factually inaccurate and sensationalized. While that response is undoubtedly rooted in a desire to deflect any negative portrayals of Jobs' sometimes abrasive and in-your-face personality, there's no denying that there's simply a boatload of information about Apple and Steve Jobs that we are wholly unaware of.

And if you think about it, that's a shame because Jobs has seen and been through it all. He helped launch the PC revolution, to borrow a phrase from Apple's press release boilerplate, and has directly been involved with some of the biggest names and periods in tech. If there's anyone with a library of stories and insights that the tech community would love to get ahold of, it would without question be the stories floating around inside Steve Jobs' head.

If you happen to agree with that sentiment, then you're in luck.

The New York Times reported earlier this week that Steve Jobs has chosen to cooperate, for the first time in history, with an author writing a story about his life, from his early days in Silicon Valley all the way up to the present.

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, according to two people briefed on the project.


He is the author of two best-selling biographies, “Einstein: His Life and Universe” and “Benjamin Franklin: An American Life.” He also wrote “American Sketches: Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and Heroes of a Hurricane,” a collection of essays written last year delving into the roots of great leadership. All of his books have been published by Simon & Schuster.

Jobs has reportedly already invited Isaascon to take a tour his childhood home, and while the planned biography is still in the early planning stages, there's no question that this book will be a must-read for any and every Apple fan.

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