CBS posts full interview with Steve Jobs’ biographer Walter Isaacson

Sun, Oct 23, 2011


CBS just posted their full-length interview with Steve Jobs’ biographer Walter Isaacson. The interview is divided into two segments which can be viewed below. The interview touches on Jobs’ childhood and the development of some of Apple’s biggest products, but the thrust of the interview centers on the Jobs’ mindset, his persona, and how he viewed the world.

An excerpt:

Walter Isaacson: He’s not warm and fuzzy.

And to do it, Isaacson interviewed more than 100 people – Jobs’ friends, family, co-workers and competitors.

Steve Kroft: I think it’s a tough book.

Isaacson: It’s a book that’s fair. I mean, this is a real human being.

Kroft: He had lots of flaws.

Isaacson: He was very petulant. He was very brittle. He could be very, very mean to people at times. Whether it was to a waitress in a restaurant, or to a guy who had stayed up all night coding, he could just really just go at them and say, “You’re doin’ this all wrong. It’s horrible.” And you’d say, “Why did you do that? Why weren’t you nicer?” And he’d say, “I really wanna be with people who demand perfection. And this is who I am.”


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