In a few minutes, one of the first big interviews with Walter Isaacson, the author of Steve Jobs’ official biography will be on 60 Minutes on CBS here in the US. You’ll have to check your local listings – in my time zone it’s 6pm Central, 7pm Eastern.
The book is over 650 pages for the hardcover edition, and part of the official description reads:
Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.
Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.
The interview tonight on 60 Minutes will include audio recordings from Steve Jobs during the interviews.
The book will be available at Amazon – Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson and other retailers starting tomorrow, October 24, 2011. Right now it’s listed at under $18. There is a Kindle edition available tomorrow as well (maybe after Midnight here in the US).
For those in the United Kingdom, The book is also available at Amazon.co.uk starting tomorrow as well, and is heavily discounted for now.