A kinder, gentler Steve Jobs

March 22, 2015 1:42 PM

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Of the revelations contained in Schlender and Tetzeli’s new book on the late Steve Jobs, surely one of the biggest is that current CEO Tim Cook offered the dying Apple co-founder a chunk of his healthy liver in a bid to extend his life. Jobs angrily refused. “Steve only yelled at me four or five times during the 13 years I knew him,” says Cook, “and this was one of them.”

Yet, this is the picture of Jobs—the visionary and screamer-in-chief—now etched in the public’s consciousness following his 2011 death. But Schlender, who wrote about Jobs for nearly a quarter-century for Fortune magazine, argues it’s a two-dimensional portrait that doesn’t come close to explaining ...

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