The highly anticipated biography of Steve Jobs will be available Monday, and judging by advance attention, it promises to be an all-time great tome, capable of briefly reviving the sagging hardcover book business.
The massive, 600-plus page work by Walter Isaacson, titled simply Steve Jobs, has been in the hands of several journalists and media outlets that got an early look. Since Isaacson was the one and only biographer to get unobstructed access to Jobs, with nothing off limits, the book about the Apple co-founder and long-time CEO is apparently quite revealing, and worth the read.
Among those with advance copies are The New York Times, The Associated Press, The Washington Post and The Huffington Post, which have been busy in recent days letting out key tidbits and nuggets about Jobs from the book. Thus, here are 10 things to know about the Steve Jobs bio, in advance of Monday's release:
1) Jobs really did despise Android, Google's mobile operating system that's a competitor to Apple. Jobs was apparently quite upset when HTC unveiled an Android phone in early 2010 that had many Apple iPhone features.
I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong, Jobs reportedly said in the book. I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this.
2) Jobs wanted to reinvent television, and textbooks. According to the Washington Post, Isaacson writes that Jobs very much wanted to do for television sets what he had done for computers, music players and phones: make them simple and elegant.
I'd like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use, Jobs said.
As for textbooks: The process by which states certify textbooks is corrupt, Jobs told Isaacson, according to The Huffington Post. But if we can make the textbooks free, and they come with the iPad, then they don't have to be certified. The crappy economy at the state level will last for a decade, and we can give them an opportunity to circumvent that whole process and save money.
3) Jobs told President Bill Clinton he needed to tell the country about his affair with intern Monica Lewinsky. Jobs apparently received a late night phone call from Bill Clinton asking how to handle the Monica Lewinsky scandal at which time he told Clinton, I don't know if you did it, but if so, you've got to tell the country.
Jobs told Isaacson at that point there was silence on the other end of the line.
4) Jobs expected to die young, and perhaps even facilitated that thought by delaying cancer surgery. Jobs apparently told former Apple CEO John Sculley he expected to die young, and needed to accomplish a lot in a hurry to make his mark on Silicon Valley.
We all have a short period of time on this earth, he told Sculley. We probably only have the opportunity to do a few things really great and do them well. None of us has any idea how long we're going to be here nor do I, but my feeling is I've got to accomplish a lot of these things while I'm young.
Isaacson also reports that Jobs delayed cancer surgery for nine months. Jobs' wife Laurene said, The big thing was that he really was not ready to open his body.
It's hard to push someone to do that.
Jobs, of course, died of cancer at the age of 56 on October 5. He also revealed to Isaacson apparently that he regretted delaying the cancer surgery.
5) Jobs did LSD at one point in his life, and liked the experience. Jobs said LSD reinforced my sense of what was important -- creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could.
6) Jobs wasn't overly impressed when meeting Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones. I think he was on drugs, Jobs told Isaacson. Either that or he's brain damaged.
7) Jobs, who was adopted, actually met his real father -- even though neither one of them realized it. Jobs later found out, however, what had happened, and who the owner of the Mediterranean restaurant in Silicon Valley was.
It was amazing. I had been to that restaurant a few times, and I remember meeting the owner. He was Syrian. Balding. We shook hands.
But I was a wealthy man by then, and I didn't trust him not to try to blackmail me or go to the press about it, said Jobs, according to the Daily Mail.
8) Jobs told President Barack Obama upon meeting him that Obama would be a one-term president. Jobs was apparently annoyed by the meeting in the first place. It had been arranged by his wife. Jobs was told the President was really psyched to meet him. But Jobs felt Obama should have asked him for the meeting himself. Once they finally met, Jobs also told Obama that teacher unions were crippling America's education system.
9) Jobs was against conspicuous consumption. He suggested to Isaacson that some Apple employees became bizarro people after they became rich from company stock.
10) Jobs was 50-50 on whether there is a God or not. Jobs told Isaacson he quit going to church at the age of 13 after he saw starving people on the cover of Life magazine. He later studied Zen Buddhism. Jobs apparently swayed a bit more closely to believing there might be a God in the final years of his life, after the cancer diagnosis.