Three Unknown Facts About Steve Jobs Revealed In New Biography

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One of the most anticipated biographies of the year hasn’t even come out yet, but it seems like everyone is talking about the upcoming life story on the late Apple innovator Steve Jobs. In the bio simply titled, Steve Jobs, written by Walter Isaacson, the author reveals many previously unknown tidbits about Jobs’ relatively secretive life gathered from more than 40 interviews and full access to Jobs’ close circle of friends and family. [photogallerylink id=54638 align=left]

The bio release date, set for Monday, Oct. 24th, was pushed up after Jobs’ death earlier in October, but excerpts from the book have been revealed before the book’s official release date, including what Steve Jobs considered his biggest regret in life.

Get a preview of three facts you didn’t know about Jobs’ life before the book hits shelves this Monday, and tune in to a special interview with Isaacson on Steve Jobs this Sunday, Oct. 23 on 60 Minutes for even more.

1. Steve Jobs’ Biggest Regret

After learning about Steve Jobs’ diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, Isaacson was shocked when the entrepreneur told him that he was foregoing surgery. Jobs instead put off surgery for 9 months and opted to try alternative medicine like fruit juices, acupuncture and herbal remedies, which infuriated his family and friends.

“I’ve asked [Jobs why he didn't get an operation then] and he said, ‘I didn’t want my body to be opened … I didn’t want to be violated in that way,’ said Isaacson.

“I think that he kind of felt that if you ignore something, if you don’t want something to exist, you can have magical thinking. … We talked about this a lot,” he told Steve Kroft in the 60 Minutes special. “He wanted to talk about it, how he regretted it. … I think he felt he should have been operated on sooner.”

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