Walter Isaacson was appointed by Steve Jobs as his official biographer in 2009. Having penned biographical volumes on Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson had experience profiling geniuses, but his newest subject presented unique challenges -- not only was Jobs a figure from the present era, but he was critically ill. With his legacy clearly in mind, Jobs granted more than 40 interviews with Isaacson over a two-year period, and allowed access to his family members, friends and colleagues. The resulting book not only chronicles the way Apple transformed Silicon Valley, and eventually the world at large, but also how Jobs's childhood shaped the man he would ultimately become. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson is available for purchase now through Amazon.
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