This might one book that I will wait more than I waited for iPhone or iPad – the authorized and official biography of Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The biography is title – “iSteve: The Book of Jobs.” The book is penned by Walter Isaacson and is reported to hit bookstores in early 2012.

The biography is reported to contain interview from Jobs’ family, colleagues and competitors.

Who is Walter Isaacson?

Walter Isaacson is currently the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a policy thinktank in Washington, D.C. He has previously worked at CNN and TIME magazine. He has also written biographies about Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein.

Born into a middle-class New Orleans family in 1952, Isaacson seemed to live a charmed life.

He became Time’s managing editor — the magazine’s top job — in 1996. In an era of belt-tightening he managed to grow the staff and launch several high-profile projects, including the Time 100, Person of the Century, and Time’s 75th Anniversary celebration at Radio City Music Hall, to which every living person who had ever been on the cover was invited.

After Time and Pathfinder, Isaacson spent two unhappy years as chairman of CNN before taking over the Aspen Institute, where he remains president and CEO — a post that gives him the credentials to make guest appearances on TV (most frequently on the Charlie Rose Show) and plenty of time for other projects.

In the past decade, he has accepted a long list of honorary positions. He is on the boards of Tulane University, United Airlines and the Bipartisan Policy Center. He is chairman of the board of Teach for America and vice chairman of the Louisiana Recovery Authority. He serves as co-chair of the U.S.-Vietnamese Dialogue on Agent Orange, and in 2007 President George W. Bush named him chairman of the U.S.-Palestinian Public-Private Partnership.

The Jobs book will be his fourth major biography. In addition to Kissinger: A Biography (1992) he has written Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003) and Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007). His most recent book is American Sketches: Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and Heroes of a Hurricane (2009). 

Any “official” insight into the life of Steve Jobs, who seem to keep his work and personal life secret, will definitely be a great read. I definitely look forward to it!



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