Readers usually should be wary of an authorized biography. However, Walter Isaacson's “Steve Jobs” (Simon & Schuster,$35) was written with complete liberty given by the author.
Years before his death last October at age 56, Jobs, often called the father of the digital revolution, contacted Isaacson and asked him to write an unvarnished story of his life. They talked at various times, and the author also interviewed many of Jobs' business associates, family members and friends.
From humble beginnings to a fortune of billions, Jobs — co-founder with Steve Wozniak of Apple Inc. — often is mentioned today in the same breath with Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. He began his legendary career in the garage of his parents' home, and, as he saying goes, “the rest is history.” His death from cancer brought regrets from around the world.
Jobs' genius was clouded with streaks of cruelty, though. His harshness with employees may be partly explained by his pursuit of perfection in his products. Once when interviewing a prospective executive, he resorted to a strange brand of humor.