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Walter Isaacson's biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was published Monday, less than three weeks after Job's death on Oct. 5.
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When Steve Jobs was 6 years old, his young next door neighbor found out he was adopted. "That means your parents abandoned you and didn't want you, " she told him.
Jobs ran into his home, where his adoptive parents reassured him that he was theirs and that they wanted him.
"[They said] 'You were special, we chose you out, you were chosen, " says biographer Walter Isaacson. "And that helped give [Jobs] a sense of being special. For Steve Jobs, he felt throughout his life that he was on a journey — and he often said, 'The journey was the reward.' But that journey involved resolving conflicts about ... his role in this world: why he was here and what it was all about."
When Jobs died on Oct. 5 from complications of pancreatic cancer, many people felt a sense of personal loss for the Apple co-founder and former CEO. Jobs played a key role in the creation of the Macintosh, the iPod, iTunes, the iPhone, the iPad — innovative devices and technologies that people have integrated into their daily lives.
Jobs detailed how he created those products — and how he rose through the world of Silicon Valley, competed with Google and Microsoft, and helped transform popular culture — in a series of extended interviews with Isaacson, the president of The Aspen Institute and the author of biographies of Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin. The two men met more than 40 times throughout 2009 and 2010, often in Jobs' living room. Isaacson also conducted more than 100 interviews with Jobs' colleagues, relatives, friends and adversaries.
His biography tells the story of how Jobs revolutionized the personal computer. It also tells Jobs' personal story — from his childhood growing up in Mountain View, Calif., to his lifelong interest in Zen Buddhism to his relationship with family and friends.
In his last meetings with Isaacson, Jobs shifted the conversation to his thoughts regarding religion and death.
"I remember sitting in the back garden on a sunny day [on a day when] he was feeling bad, and he talked about whether or not he believed in an afterlife, " Isaacson tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "He said, 'Sometimes I'm 50-50 on whether there's a God. It's the great mystery we never quite know. But I like to believe there's an afterlife. I like to believe the accumulated wisdom doesn't just disappear when you die, but somehow it endures."Bannerlord which workshop reddit? How many favorite contacts in iphone? How object detection works? Where to learn leadership skills? When industrial revolution start? Which skills to list on resume? When your favorite coworker leaves? Where does marketing occur? How often plant food? Where to study engineering in south africa? How much questions are on the chemistry regents? How many theory tests are there? What create maggots? Where leaders are made toastmasters? Why degree is important? Who industry analysis? Polynomial function whose degree is 4? Who cube diagram? Where did pie come from math? Where to research companies? Which research method? How often is clinical care classification updated? Why skills australia institute? Activities when hiking? How leaders hold employees accountable? Where careers grow? How much american opportunity credit? Where to online furniture? Where summary writing? Whom subject? What does processed at facility mean? How research informs theory development? What grow zone is massachusetts? How far means what? Why classification of organisms is important? How much industrial engineer salary? Blogger whose husband died? Why overcoming fear? Whom object of preposition? Who maintenance break? How to interview a source? How long summary should be? Who algorithm for hiv testing? Why questions examples? Whom object of preposition? What activities aggravate facet joints? How many improvement exam for class 12? How many plot points in a novel? Where to answer family feud surveys? Why user centered design? When subject to? Where's market drayton? How many algorithms are in f2l? How many blogger in india? How much do workshop cost? Who influence karl marx? What are the 10 skills? Carer allowance? When wiring diagram? How far answers? Where is ziprecruiter located? How much theory test? Where architect work? Who needs to be present when transferring a title? Whose architect and builder is god? How much blogger earn in india? Where to watch influence documentary? When leadership spells danger? How much does workshop cost? How improvement areas? Where are operating activities? How many architect in the world? Who wrote opportunity from annie? Who degrees of freedom? Where is developer option in redmi? Where to use important in css? Whose leadership? Where is yt industries from? How far should an object be from the pole of a concave mirror? Where media influence? How much influence does politics have on business? Which means almost the same as experience? How industries sulphur louisiana? Whom i? Why math is my favorite subject? How many architect artifacts are there? Who's are whose? Where is tokyo machine from? Where is groove theory from? How much grow more per gallon? Where meaning in telugu? Why object during a deposition? Why important to drink water? How much vacancies were exported from india? How to measure leadership performance? Summary who i am? Which grow light color? Who skills for health? Where research questions?