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Jobs bio author admits knowing disease was terminal

updated 11:55 am EDT, Thu October 6, 2011

Publication date moved up to October 24th

Walter Isaacson -- the author of an upcoming authorized Steve Jobs biography -- knew Jobs was on the verge of death several weeks ago, according to a source for the Wall Street Journal. Isaacson is said to have last interviewed Jobs about four weeks ago, both immediately before and after he resigned from his role as Apple CEO. It was at that point that Jobs acknowledged he was dying, which may suggest that he was resistant to letting go of the company he helped found. The confession is expected to be at the end of the biography, which is simply named Steve Jobs.

The book's publisher, Simon & Schuster, has meanwhile moved its release date up to October 24th. The title was recently slated to ship "on or around" November 21st, the ambiguity coming from more than 200 pages being added, likely related to Jobs' resignation and terminal decline. The book has shot to the top of the Best Sellers list since Wednesday night, when Jobs' death was made public.

The biography is anticipated mostly because Isaacson was granted unprecedented access to Jobs and other people in his life. Several books have been written about Jobs in the past, but were typically unauthorized and/or outright condemned by the Apple leader. One, iCon, resulted in its publisher being banned from Apple Stores.

by MacNN Staff



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  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Of course he knew

    That's the first reason why the book's publish date was set for fall 2011. To capitalize on Steve's passing. The second reason, of course, is holiday gift sales.

    I'm pretty sure that Mr. Isaacson changed the title of his book the moment he heard that Mr. Jobs' condition was terminal. It was tentatively titled "iSteve: The Book of Jobs." Unbelievable.

  1. slapppy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Loving family

    Thank goodness he had a loving family to help him through this. Specially to his wife standing by him all the way through. Great picture of them right after one of his last appearance on stage. She standing tall and he with his head down on her shoulder smiling as she is in a way standing tall and supporting him.

  1. SwissMac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What a dumb headline

    The bio author would have had to have been pretty dumb NOT to realise cancer of the pancreas was terminal - just look it up on the internet. Something like 90% of people don't survive more than five years, and the ones that do don't last much longer. It's a terrible disease and it must have been really difficult for Steve to manage his daily life with it. It's to his credit that he kept on going so long, still working, still innovating, still inspirational.

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