Steve Jobs with all his contradictions, not as a role model
Walter Isaacson has got used to summarising the life of the iconic Jobs since he wrote his bestselling Steve Jobs (Simon and Schuster, 2011).
A veteran journalist and former chairman of CNN and the managing editor of Time, Isaacson has written biographies of Albert Einstein, Henry Kissinger and Benjamin Franklin. He is now in India as the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute in Washington, DC.
At the end of the Kissinger book, Isaacson had said he would never do the biography of another living person. “It’s nerve-wracking,” he explains, “But with Steve I got to know a thousand times more than what I did with Franklin or Einstein. I was spending day after day with him and he was telling me everything. It is very rare that a biographer gets as much access as I did.”
He is, however, tiring of being Jobs’ spokesperson or an Apple fortune-teller. He is already three chapters into his next book, on the history of the main inventions of the digital age.
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