Isaacson, who has written best-selling biographies like Benjamin “Franklin: An American Life,” and “Einstein: His Life and Universe,” reportedly worked his way into Jobs’ life, gaining the man’s trust in uncertain times.
Aged 56, Steve Jobs is on his third medical leave of absence since he was first diagnosed with a rare form of (treatable) pancreatic cancer.
Fighting off the disease has left Jobs weak and unable to retain fat over the course of several years, spurring endless speculation that he is not out of the woods yet.
For the first time in 2009, the Apple boss showed interest in having a writer look into his life and let him relate to the world the things that make up Steve Jobs. Many speculate the decision is directly related to his health problems.
While not the first attempt at a Steve Jobs biography in high-profile author circles, "iSteve: The Book of Jobs" will be the first volume to which the CEO gave his acceptance, and contributed.
According to multiple reports, the public will be able to get their hands on it next year.
Jonathan Karp, publisher of Simon & Schuster, reportedly said in a statement, "This is the perfect match of subject and author, and it is certain to be a landmark book about one of the world's greatest innovators.”
“Just as he did with Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, Walter Isaacson is telling a unique story of revolutionary genius."
Walter Isaacson began his career in journalism at The Sunday Times of London.
He joined TIME in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor, and editor of new media.
He became the magazine's fourteenth editor in 1996.
In 2001, he became Chairman and CEO of CNN and then president and CEO of the Aspen Institute in 2003.
He is currently the chairman of the board of Teach for America and of the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
Other boards he serves on include those of United Airlines, Tulane University, Overseers of Harvard University, and the Society of American Historians.