Not long after the death of Steve Jobs on October 5, 2011, Walter Isaacson's in-depth biography, "Steve Jobs" introduced to the world a version of the late Apple co-founder and CEO that it had never known before.
While the book itself and the biographer's October 24 interview with CBS's "60 Minutes" were intensely illuminating on their own, Isaacson sat down on "BBC Breakfast" on April 4 for yet another interview, shedding a little more light on what it was like to work with the famous tech icon.
Among other things, Isaacson discussed how he came to write the biography in the first place and how, surprisingly, the infamously controlling Jobs essentially gave Isaacson "free rein" to tell his life story as the biographer saw fit. He also told BBC's Charlie Stayt and Naga Munchetty just how focused Jobs was on creating flawless Apple products and how this affected his dealings with others, explaining,
He taught himself to stare without blinking so he could talk people into things -- they called it the reality distortion field....He would make people believe they could do the impossible, which is why he was such a charismatic business leader.
Although charismatic, it seems Jobs wasn't so easy to please. His desire to reach perfection was so intense that it extended beyond the sleek signature external look of Apple products to their insides, too. Said Isaacson:
When he would stare at you and be rough, it would be because he would say, 'I want the boot-up time of the Macintosh to be 10 seconds shorter,' or 'I want the screw inside -- those screws -- to actually be more beautiful.' And people say, 'Well, Steve, you cannot see the screws inside the Macintosh.' He said, 'Yes, but you will know. We have to be artists.'
For example, Isaacson had written about how President Bill Clinton had asked Jobs' advice on how to handle the Monica Lewinsky scandal. According to the biographer, Jobs had told the president: "I don't know if you did it, but if so, you've got to tell the country."
In addition, Isaacson had explained that Jobs had initially refused surgery that could have saved his life from pancreatic cancer and, instead, treated his illness with non-invasive therapies. (Check out more surprising facts from Isaacson's book here.)
Watch the video above to learn more about Isaacson's experience telling Jobs' story. Then, make sure to flip through the slideshow below to check out other fascinating reads about Steve Jobs.
While Ken Segall's Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success isn't due to be released until April 26, people have already started talking about it. Perhaps it's because it's told through the eyes of a former Apple insider (Segall was Apple's creative director under Steve Jobs) or maybe there are many small businesses hoping to follow in Apple's footsteps to success. Whatever the reason may be, if you're just as excited for it as many others are, you can preorder it now on Amazon.
Perhaps the most popular and widely-acclaimed book about Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs is an exhaustive biography written with the help of "more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues," according to Amazon. Steve Jobs himself authorized Isaacson to be his biographer back in 2009 and was interviewed more than 40 times for this book. Isaacson's life story of Steve Jobs is a comprehensive, riveting look at the man behind Apple.
Sometimes the best way to learn about a person is to listen to what they have to say. Steve Jobs himself is the main voice in I, Steve: Steve Jobs in His Own Words, edited by George Beahm. According to Amazon, the book is a compilation of more than 200 Jobs quotations gathered from more than 30 years of media coverage.
Forbes' contributor Caleb Melby's The Zen of Steve Jobs is yet another "graphic narrative." However, Melby's work, while based on reported fact, is actually a "reimagining" of Steve Jobs, specifically during one of the most spiritual periods of his life. Watch the video (above) to learn more about this blend of fact and fiction.
If you're not much of a reader but would love to learn more about Steve Jobs, check out Chris Schmidt and C.W. Cooke's comic book biography, Steve Jobs: Co-Founder of Apple. With brilliantly illustrated pictures, you can get a quick overview of both his life and his successful career at Apple.
A handful of books about Steve Jobs published before his death are now releasing new editions, and one of them is Wired.com news editor Leander Kahney's Inside Steve's Brain. When it first came out a few years ago, it earned its place among USA Today's Best Business Books of 2008. Re-released on February 15, this exploration into Jobs' brain now has an added chapter devoted to his health issues and to the future of Apple.
While Steve Jobs had been tied to Apple since its beginnings in the '70s, many teens today know him simply as the man who helped bring us the iPod, iPad, and iPhone. Karen Blumenthal's Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different is the story of Steve Jobs' life, geared more for younger readers.
The publication of John Edson's Design Like Apple: 10 Principles for World-Changing Products, Services, and Experiences is still a long ways off. Though it's slated to come out this coming July, this inside look at the creation of Apple's popular devices could be a great guide for start-up companies to get their own products off the ground.
With so many people wondering what really goes on behind closed doors at Apple headquarters, it's no wonder that Fortune editor Adam Lashinsky's Inside Apple: How America's Most Admired -- And Secretive -- Company Really Works is getting lots of attention. Lashinsky's book reveals how Apple uses secrecy to its advantage and how this method might be useful for other companies.