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'Steve Jobs' biography by Walter Isaacson: What's been said so far

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While EW’s official take on Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs is forthcoming, there’s been a lot of advance buzz out there about details from the book. We’re promised a good deal of unprecedented access to the late, famously closed-off Apple chief, as Jobs relinquished all editorial control to Isaacson and continued to speak to him after his resignation as Apple’s CEO and up until the weeks before his death. Until you can read Steve Jobs itself — it hits bookstores Oct. 24 — here are some of the book’s most talked-about leaked details.

• According to the New York Times, the book offers new details about Jobs’ struggle with pancreatic cancer. Upon his diagnosis with cancer in Oct. 2003, he delayed surgery to experiment with “exotic” treatments, including “fruit juices, acupuncture, herbal remedies and other treatments,” much to the distress of friends, family, and medical professionals. Once he chose to pursue more traditional treatments, Jobs became “one of 20 people in the world to have all the genes of his cancer tumor and his normal DNA sequenced,” the price tag for which was $100,000.

• During a last-minute meeting at the San Francisco airport in 2010, Jobs warned President Obama that he was headed toward a one-term presidency and that he needed to be friendlier to businesses. 

• Jobs was a fan of John Mayer’s guitar-playing, although he expressed concern that the artist was “blowing it big time” and “out of control,” although the reasons for this concern are unclear.

• With the help of his biological sister, author Mona Simpson, Jobs discovered that his biological father owned a San Jose Mediterranean restaurant that he’d frequented before. Even with this knowledge, Jobs had no interest in getting to know his father. “I was a wealthy man by then, and I didn’t trust him not to try to blackmail me or go to the press about it,” he told Isaacson.

• Jobs engaged in a contentious battle with Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin over Google’s Android, which Jobs considered a “stolen product.” He reportedly told Google Chairman Eric Schmidt that he’d never drop the lawsuit over the Android. “I’m going to destroy Android. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this,” Jobs told Isaacson, according to the Associated Press.

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