Steve Jobs is the biography of Steve Jobs, the legendary inventor. The book has been written by Walter Isaacson, who is a biographer and an author, based in America. Presently, he is the CEO and the President of the Aspen Institute. It is a non-partisan educational organisation. Having started his career in journalism with The Sunday Times, he later joined the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He has worked as the Managing Editor of Time and the CEO of CNN, in the past. American Sketches, Einstein: His Life and Universe, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, and Kissinger: A Biography are some of the other books written by him. He has also co-authored books such as The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. Simon & Schuster released this book for the first time in the United States. However, this edition of the book was published by Little, Brown and Company on October 21, 2011. If you are planning to buy books online, you can get this from any of the online bookstores listed on this page.
Isaacson wrote the biography of Jobs, at the request of the legend himself. The book is based on excerpts from over 40 interviews with Jobs, which the author conducted over the course of two years. The author also held interview sessions with the friends, family members, adversaries, colleagues and competitors of Jobs, and used them as resource materials for compiling this biography. Jobs had encouraged all those, who were interviewed, to speak their mind. Even though he co-operated with Isaacson in writing the book to a great extent, he didn't interfere in designing the content of the book, except for its cover. The front cover of the book features a photographic portrait of Steve Jobs. This photograph was taken by Albert Watson, and commissioned by the Fortune magazine for portfolios of powerful people. Quite interestingly, Jobs gave the photographer a time period of one hour, which is slightly longer than what he would delegate to other photographers. The back cover of the book, too, uses a photographic portrait of the legend. This photograph was taken by Norman Seeff, in the February of 1984, in the living room of Jobs.
Although the book was titled initially as iSteve: The Book of Jobs, by the publicity department of Simon & Schuster, the author was not very confident about it. He requested the publisher to replace it with a simpler title. The present title of the book was chosen keeping Jobs' minimalist approach in mind. Moreover, the title also emphasises the authenticity of the biography, and the fact that it is different from other unauthorised publications. The book is a detailed account of the life of Steve Jobs. The author provides a detailed account of both the personal and professional lives of Jobs. You will also get to know the different aspects and several unknown facts about Jobs' life. Soon after Jobs' death, several proposals for film adaptations of this book were announced. The rights of the book were finally acquired by Sony Pictures.
The book made it to the list of New York Times best-sellers. It got featured in TIME Magazine's list of best books of 2011. This edition of the book has been written in English and has 656 pages. 1408703742 is the ISBN 10 code for this edition of the book, while 9781408703748 is the ISBN 13 code for the same book.