POSTED: Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 3:30pm
UPDATED: Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 3:34pm
NBC NEWS — It may not sell as fast as his Apple products but Steve Jobs' biography will be big topping best seller lists even before its Monday release.
Tina Jordan, Senior Editor of Entertainment Weekly, says "one of the 2 or 3 biggest books of the year, if not the biggest book of the year, frankly."
The late Apple CEO granted author Walter Isaacson more than 40 interviews over two years for the book. Among the revelations: Jobs' regret over resisting pancreatic cancer surgery for nine months back in 2003, a decision Isaacson recounts in a 60 minutes interview to air Sunday on CBS.
Walter Isaacson says “he tries to treat it with diet. He goes to spiritualists, he goes through various ways of doing it macrobiotically. And he doesn't get an operation. Why doesn’t he get it operated on immediately? Y'know, I've asked him that, and he said, I didn't want my body to be opened. I didn't want to be violated in that way.”
Jobs also talked about being bullied as a child and giving up Christianity as a teen. Jobs' competitive fires were also unmistakable. He called Microsoft's Bill Gates unimaginative saying he shamelessly ripped off other people's ideas'. Jobs also vowed to destroy the rival Android smart phone operating system, accusing its creator, Google, of grand theft of iPhone features.
Tina Jordan says "I do think we're going to get a more complete, more nuanced, more 'whole' picture of him than we've ever seen before."
But one that may still not completely explain the complex person that was Steve Jobs. Originally scheduled for next spring, the book's release was moved to November earlier this year and then again, to this Monday, following Jobs' death on October 5th. Jobs told Isaacson he wanted to cooperate with the book so that his children would have a better understanding of some of his actions.