“Becoming Steve Jobs,” the much anticipated biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is now available. The book has already leapt to the top of Amazon’s Rich & Famous Biographies list.
Penned by tech journalist Brent Schlender and Fast Company executive editor Rick Tetzeli, the book is an intimate look into the life of Apple’s late co-founder. The book is the result of years of notes from Schlender’s encounters with a man who called him friend.
“Becoming Steve Jobs takes on and breaks down the existing myth and stereotypes about Steve Jobs. The conventional, one-dimensional view of Jobs is that he was half-genius, half-jerk from youth, an irascible and selfish leader who slighted friends and family alike. Becoming Steve Jobs answers the central question about the life and career of the Apple cofounder and CEO: How did a young man so reckless and arrogant that he was exiled from the company he founded become the most effective visionary business leader of our time, ultimately transforming the daily life of billions of people?”
A number of leaks and early previews have given us a peek into the biography, resulting in such stories as the time current Apple CEO offered Jobs a part of his liver, hoping to aid in saving his friends life. Jobs refused the offer.
The book is full of interviews from top Apple executives, Cook included. Apple company spokesman Steve Dowling said Apple’s decision to allow Tim Cook and other senior company executives to be interviewed for the book came from a sense of responsibility to Jobs’ memory.
“After a long period of reflection following Steve’s death, we felt a sense of responsibility to say more about the Steve we knew. We decided to participate in Brent and Rick’s book because of Brent’s long relationship with Steve, which gave him a unique perspective on Steve’s life. The book captures Steve better than anything else we’ve seen, and we are happy we decided to participate.”
The book is available for $12.99 on iBooks, $11.99 on the Amazon Kindle, as well as a hardcover edition for $19.83, and an Audible audiobook version, for $30.63, or free with a 30-day Audible trial membership.