Authorized Steve Jobs biography due in early 2012

Walter Isaacson, former managing editor of Timemagazine, has been working on an authorized biography of Apple CEO Steve Jobs for some time. Over at Apple 2.0/Fortune, Phil Elmer-Dewitt reports thatiSteve: The Book of Jobs has been completed and will be published in early 2012.

It may be surprising that someone as intensely protective of his privacy as Steve Jobs would authorize anyone to tell his life story. After reading Elmer-Dewitt’s profile of Isaacson, though, it’s a little clearer why Jobs has finally opened up. Isaacson’s résumé is very impressive indeed, as are his biography subjects to date: Benjamin Franklin, Henry Kissinger, and Albert Einstein.

With Isaacson behind the project and Jobs as its subject, iSteve sounds like it should be a fascinating read. For an alternate take on the choice of Isaacson as the official iBiographer, seeMichael Wolff’s piece here.

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