First Official Biography on Apple CEO Steve Jobs Arrives in Early 2012

Called “iSteve: The Book of Jobs,” it will be published by Simon & Schuster and has been written by Walter Isaacson, whose previous work includes books on Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and Henry Kissinger.

Called "iSteve: The Book of Jobs," it will be published by Simon & Schuster and has been written by Walter Isaacson, whose previous work includes books on Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and Henry Kissinger. Photo: Christoph Dernbach/Flickr

Simon & Schuster announced on Sunday that the first authorized biography of Steve Jobs, “iSteve: The Book of Jobs”, will be published in early 2012.

The book’s author is Walter Isaacson, a famed biographer and the former CEO of CNN and managing editor of Time, who’s written biographies of Kissinger, Einstein and Benjamin Franklin.

“This is the perfect match of subject and author, and it is certain to be a landmark book about one of the world’s greatest innovators,” Jonathan Karp, publisher of Simon & Schuster, said in a statement. “Just as he did with Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, Walter Isaacson is telling a unique story of revolutionary genius.”

Walter Isaacson is currently the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a “nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute” in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Isaacson has been working on the long-rumored biography since 2009 and has interviewed Jobs, members of his family, colleagues at Apple and competitors. Apple CEO Steve Jobs has finally agreed to participate in a book about his life.

Spokeswoman Tracey Guest of Simon & Schuster said no further details were available and that neither Jobs nor Isaacson would be commenting.

Apple’s CEO is famously secretive about his personal life. Although, many Steve Jobs’ biographies have been written, but not with his authorization. He reacted to at least one book with active disapproval.

In 2005, Apple banished works by John Wiley & Sons from its stores because the publisher had signed up an unauthorized biography, “iCon: Steve Jobs, The Greatest Second Act in the History of Business,” by Jeffrey S. Young and William L. Simon.

“Isaacson’s book should hopefully provide some concrete answers to unresolved questions about Jobs’s life, along with some new insights into how Steve Jobs runs the world’s most valuable technology company,” said Mashable’s Ben Parr.

56-year-old Jobs has had numerous health problems and announced in January that he would take his third leave of absence in seven years. During that time, he has survived a rare but curable form of pancreatic cancer and undergone a liver transplant. He appeared at a press conference in early March to announce the iPad 2.

Dear readers, will you buy “iSteve: The Book of Jobs”? Are you an Apple fan? What do you hope his authorized biography reveals? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below. [via Mashable and Business Week]

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