Steve Jobs’ self-titled autobiography by Walter Isaacson hits shelves on Monday and is already a best seller. I bought a copy of the book on preorder the day it was available and as expected the book has been receiving a lot of press lately. Here are some of the revelations that are emerging from the contents of this book, which make it a must read for anyone interested in the life and success of Steve Jobs and Apple.
“Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted. (Amazon review)”
– Hyper-Competitive Spirit : After the first Android phones came out from Google, Jobs viewed them as using technology stolen from Apple. “I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong,” Jobs said. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”
– Politically astute: When he met President Obama late in 2010, Jobs warned the U.S. chief executive’s approach to the business world meant he was “headed for a one-term presidency,” according the The Huffington Post, which has also acquired a copy of the biography. But the Apple leader also “offered to design political ads for President Obama’s 2012 campaign,” according to the site.
– Money buys the best health care: Mr. Jobs was one of 20 people in the world to have all the genes of his cancer tumor and his normal DNA sequenced. The price tag at the time: $100,000.
– Final good-byes: Mr. Jobs met individually or in pairs with people he wanted to see before he died. Bill Gates, cofounder of Microsoft, was one of them. He came to Mr. Jobs’ house in Palo Alto, Calif., in May, and they spent more than three hours together. They also talked about the emotional rewards of family life and having children, and the good fortune to have married wisely.
I’ll post some more updates once the book is released and I have a chance to read it myself! Click here to get your preorder copy at 50% off from Amazon.