Steve Jobs knew death was near, says upcoming bio

Steve Jobs's last interview was conducted only four weeks ago and at that time he indicated that he knew the end was near for him. That's the word from The Wall Street Journal today who said that his final interview, conducted just after he left Apple as its CEO, was handled by Walter Isaacson for his upcoming biography, titled simply "Steve Jobs." That interview will be placed at the end of the book.

While technically not an "official" biography of Jobs, Isaacson did spend over two years interviewing Jobs in over 40 separate sessions. He also interviewed family members, friends, co-workers and others connected to Jobs. A few weeks ago the book's publisher Simon and Schuster claimed that Jobs " ... asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published." The biography is due to be released on November 21.

The book's official web page now says that "Steve Jobs" will be 656 pages long, much more than the 448 pages that was previous announced for the biography. It adds, "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." There's no word on how many first printing copies of "Steve Jobs" will be published.

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I haven't read a book in so long and I will most likely buy this. Huge fan of him. I am wondering if he knew how much he was admired and respected. Love his products. Thanks Steve and R.I.P.

Boyd Petersen said,
I haven't read a book in so long and I will most likely buy this. Huge fan of him. I am wondering if he knew how much he was admired and respected. Love his products. Thanks Steve and R.I.P.

Of course he knew he had thousands of obsessed cultists. That's what allowed Apple to become what it was. Steve probably thought he could trap his farts in a jar to sell at the Apple Store for $99.

I'd like to read this book as well... Sad that he didn't get to read it, though, since he wasn't going to until it was released.

I'm no Apple fan, but Jobs was truly a visionary and a genius when it came to personal electronics.
I think I'll buy me a copy.

I thought Neowin said this was an "official" Steve Jobs biography last time. I am planning to get this book. And when is the movie coming out?

striko_514 said,
I thought Neowin said this was an "official" Steve Jobs biography last time. I am planning to get this book. And when is the movie coming out?

No joke, there are probably chances of a movie. heh...
That'd be an interesting flick!

Glassed Silver:mac

Sorry to see him go. This is a gold mine for the author of the bio. He'll sell more books on the first day that Apple sold iPhone 4's on their first day.

To me, there seems a whole other SJ that we've all seen. For someone who (rightly) wanted control over every ounce of info coming out of Apple to let go and not even require a read before it's publish, he also had a private life almost none of us will know anything about. Sure, he ran the biggest company in the world etc., but I can't wait to read about the real Jobs. Home, loved ones, passions. Yup, I'm running Windows 7, but to make me want to buy products I've never even held? We're lucky to have had him influence our lifetimes.

RIP Steve but didn't everyone know this already? Well except those who were delusional enough to think that the TMZ pic was a Photoshop job.

my copy is already bought the day it was in the news months ago. That will take me 5 years to read since english isn't my primary language. But who cares, I want to read that book

RIP Steve

JonathanVP said,
This book I will definitely must read (and the Ben Franklin and Einstein books as well...).

Umm.. I agree that the guy was an excellent businessman and had great tech ideas, many of the products his company produced where thanks to the R&D department and talented individuals Apple employed. I do not think Job's name should be counted among Franklin's and Einstein's.

Dusco25 said,
Ok we know he is dead.. Will this stuff be posted every day for 6 months?

It did happen within the last 14 hours... news... on a news site...

Dusco25 said,
Ok we know he is dead.. Will this stuff be posted every day for 6 months?

Yeah that's kind of a naff comment to make. Even if you hate Apple with a passion, doe sit hurt to take a minute to think about the jobs he created with the innovations he made? The lives therefore he enriched due to the technology his company produced?

The guy had a family, and at the very heart of it was a Husband and a Father. On top of that he, along with Bill Gates for me, are two of the most singularly identifiable Tech Giants ever to have lived.

Doesn't hurt to take a minute to think about that does it? Show some humility.

Dusco25 said,
Ok we know he is dead.. Will this stuff be posted every day for 6 months?

Yes, really. Is this going to be a Michael Jackson Media Saturation?

Didn't we all?... I mean, because cancer and stuff?

Although I'm not an Apple fan, and kinda against everything Apple, but the guy did well and changed the world of tech for the better.

R.I.P.

A long time friend who had never contacted me, left me a msg on WLM (MSN). He said his computer icon had passed away. Immediately I check all of my desktop icons and it's all there. So reply to him that it's ok, I had to destroy my icons many times too cos it always started as "New Folder".

He is a genius!
And thus he resigned before it, for he knew it would plummet Apple's stock.
And also is a perfect time for his bio to come. Another genius move.

ShamilN said,
RIP Steve Jobs, but he was prepared, and that is something I'd want to have when I die.
Yes, but he like all of us, would want to have been present at all new Apple products launches. I will really miss that thing.

FMH said,
Yes, but he like all of us, would want to have been present at all new Apple products launches. I will really miss that thing.

Yeah that's the only reason I'm happy to be alive...

Seriously though, gutting news. What a pioneer, visionary, everything. The man changed the world. Much love.