Gerard Lagana, February 17, 2010
If you know anything about Steve Jobs, you know that he is a very private person. He doesn’t talk much about himself. There have been two unauthorized biographies written about Steve Jobs. They are “iCon: Steve Jobs, The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business” by Jeffrey S. Young and William L. Simon, and “The Second Coming of Steve Jobs” by Alan Duetschman. I have read both books, and they are both very informative about Steve Jobs’ life. However, they were both written without Steve’s input. That’s why when I heard that Steve Jobs will be working with a writer on an authorized biography I was both surprised and excited at the same time.
The New York Times is reporting that Steve Jobs will be working with Walter Isaacson. He is the former managing editor for Time magazine. He has also authored two best-selling biographies, as stated below:
““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.”
As I said earlier, I am both surprised and excited to hear that Steve Jobs is actually working on his biography. I was surprised because Steve is very private. He doesn’t like the media delving into his personal life and making it a spectacle. Throughout his ordeal with liver cancer he was very good at keeping the media at bay, and only letting them know what he wanted them to know, not anymore or any less. This is how he runs Apple, only letting the media know what he wants them to know. This has proved to work well for Steve personally and professionally.
Moreover, I’m excited to finally read about Steve Jobs’ life story from him. It appears that Steve’s life changing experience with his liver transplant has made him decide to open up and tell his story.
The biography is in the early stages of development with no set release date. I personally can’t wait to read it, and I know you can’t either. I would like to hear from you the reader. Let me know what you think of Steve Jobs working with Walter Isaacson on his biography in the comments section.
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