The official authorized Steve Jobs biography is out today. Author Walter Isaacson got to see a personal side of Steve having more than 40 interviews with him for the book. View Isaacson’s full interview with 60 Minutes where he reveals a lot of what he learned about Steve’s business sense and personal life.
Seven years ago, Steve Jobs asked Walter Isaacson, a former editor of TIME Magazine, if he would write his biography. Isaacson, who has done books about Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, thought the request presumptuous and premature, since Jobs was still a young man. What Isaacson didn’t know at the time, and only a few people did, was that Jobs was about to undergo surgery for pancreatic cancer and was feeling his mortality. It speaks to the secrecy with which Jobs conducted his life and his business, adding mystery to an already compelling figure.
His products – the Mac, iPhone, iPad and others – forever changed the way we think about technology. But how should we think about the man behind them, Apple’s hard-driving co-founder Steve Jobs? In the years before his death, Jobs granted biographer Walter Isaacson more than 40 interviews, many recorded on tape. The result, as Steve Kroft reveals in this two-part story, is a rich portrait of an extraordinary innovator, whose outsized talents were matched by very human limitations.