'Becoming Steve Jobs' biography gets Apple's blessing

Becoming Steve Jobs bio promises to set the record straight with Apple’s blessing



A new book about Steve Jobs is coming later this month, and it’s the first look at the late Apple co-founder that the company has aided in making since Walter Isaacson’s biography.

Becoming Steve Jobs is written by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli, two veteran journalists who scored interviews with people like Tim Cook, Jony Ive, Eddy Cue, Pixar’s John Lasseter, Disney CEO Bob Iger, and Jobs’ widow, Laurene Powell Jobs.

As a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal and Fortune, Schlender interviewed Jobs numerous times over 25 years. A few years ago he published a trove of interviews with Jobs called “The Lost Steve Jobs Tapes.” Tetzeli is currently the executive editor of Fast Company magazine.

Brent Schlender (left) with Bill Gates and Steve Jobs after their historic 1991 joint interview for Fortune.
Brent Schlender (left) with Bill Gates and Steve Jobs after their 1991 joint interview for Fortune.

John Gruber of Daring Fireball calls it “the book about Steve Jobs that the world deserves” and says it contains stories “that are going to be sensational.”

While we haven’t read it yet, Becoming Steve Jobs looks like the book with the most access granted by Apple since Isaacson’s sprawling biography, which Jony Ive has admitted to not liking very much.

Here’s part of the book’s summary:

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?

Preorders are available now through Amazon, iBooks, etc., and the book is slated to drop March 24.


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