There's been plenty of criticism heaped on Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs, some valid, some less so. But I don't think Isaacson is helping the book's defenders much with his media blitz. In an interview in the New York Times today he's contradicting himself in consecutive answers:
Did he try to control what you wrote in the book? I anticipated that, but he didn’t. He kept surprising me by insisting that he wanted no control over the book and by being remarkably open and honest about everything...
Why do you think Mr. Jobs didn’t give his money to philanthropy? That’s the one thing about him I don’t know much about. He remained very private about what he did philanthropically. I asked him about it, but he chose not to discuss it.
-NYT, November 18, 2011
And that's not even the worst of it. He seems to think Jobs will be easily replaced by Tim Cook and Jony Ive. And that Jobs wasn't really a jerk because some of his employees were loyal. Just a tremendous lack of insight and awareness.
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