5 Juicy Revelations in New Steve Jobs Biography

Steve JobsI don’t know about you, but I can't wait to read Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs, titled, appropriately enough, Steve Jobs.

The book, for which Jobs gave more than 40 interviews and encouraged others to speak candidly, isn't set to hit book stores until Monday, but already lots of juicy revelations about the legendarily secretive Apple founder are starting to seep out in the press. (Several publications, including The New York Times and The Huffington Post, have gotten their hands on advance copies -- lucky devils.)

Like what sort of juicy revelations? Well, just for example ...


1. Jobs refused life-saving surgery: Or at least he put it off for months after finding out he had pancreatic cancer, despite the fact that family and friends begged him to go through with the surgery his doctors recommended. Instead, immediately following his diagnosis, the Apple founder opted for a variety of alternative treatments -- from fruit juices to acupuncture to herbal treatments. Ultimately he did get the surgery, but continued to try other experimental treatments as well.

2. He wasn't very nice to President Obama: When the president sought a meeting with Jobs, the technology guru played hard to get, refusing to take the meeting until Obama personally made his request. And then, when he did meet the president, he rudely predicted he'd only be in office for one term!

3. He wasn't very nice to Bill Gates, either: Eventually, the two men seem to have made their peace with each other. But not before Jobs, a notoriously competitive man, labeled his fellow computer mogul "fundamentally odd," "weirdly flawed," and "basically unimaginative." Jobs also reportedly said of Gates, "He'd be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger." (Wonder what he really thought!)

4. Jobs was a piece of work as a boyfriend: Before he met his wife, Laurene Powell, Jobs proposed to another woman, computer consultant Tina Redse, with whom he had lived off and on for years. Redse said no: She thought sticking with Jobs for the long haul would "drive her crazy."

5. He was a piece of work as a fiancé, too: After Jobs proposed to Powell, he didn't mention the engagement again for months. Fed up, she ditched him. But he wooed her back a month after she left -- and she again accepted his proposal, and his ring.

Are you planning to read the new Jobs biography?


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