In the months following the tragic death of Steve Jobs in 2011, there was news of several books dedicated to retelling the story of the iconic figure’s life. The biggest book of them all, though, was Steve Jobs, written by Walter Isaacson with the full cooperation of Jobs along with his family and colleagues. Now, a new book is on the way, and again, the writers had inside access to those who collaborated with Jobs, including Pixar’s John Lasseter and Ed Catmull.
The upcoming book, entitled Becoming Steve Jobs (via MacRumors), is written by veteran tech writer Brent Schlender and Fast Company Executive Editor Rick Tetzeli. Schlender had the opportunity to interview Jobs on several occasions, but alongside Tetzeli, also recently spoke with Jobs’ family (most significantly his widow) and his colleagues including Apple’s Tim Cook, Jony Ive, and Eddy Cue, and Disney and Pixar’s Ed Catmull, John Lasseter, and Bob Iger.
As MacRumors notes, according to famed Apple writer John Gruber, who received an advance copy of the book, there will be quite a bit of new details in the book. Gruber writes:
The book is smart, accurate, informative, insightful, and at times, utterly heartbreaking. Schlender and Tetzeli paint a vivid picture of Jobs the man, and also clearly understand the industry in which he worked. They also got an astonishing amount of cooperation from the people who knew Jobs best: colleagues past and present from Apple and Pixar — particularly Tim Cook — and his widow, Laurene Powell Jobs.
It is a rare occurrence, indeed, to see this level of cooperation, as Gruber notes, from both Apple and Pixar, two of the world’s most secretive companies. Clearly, though, Jobs has left an indelible mark on the world, but even more so on the lives of those who personally knew him, such as Cook, Lasseter, and Catmull. The book could very well be packed with fascinating new insights into Jobs’ life as well as new stories behind the scenes of Apple and Pixar.
Becoming Steve Jobs is currently on pre-order and you will not have to wait long for its release, as it is heading to bookstores on March 24th. You can pre-order it on Amazon now ($18.00 for the hardcover, $11.99 for the Kindle version).