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Steve Jobs biographer to appear on 60 minutes

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Walter Isaacson, author of the upcoming biography of Steve Jobs, will be sitting down this Sunday for the television show “60 minutes” to discuss the book. “Steve Jobs” is scheduled to go on sale Monday, October 24th, but already leaks have appeared around the web.

On 60 minutes, Walter Isaacson reveals that Steve Jobs refused to go to surgery to treat his cancer. Jobs delayed the surgery for nine months, a delay that many speculate caused the cancer to spread to more parts of his body. Isaacson told Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes, “I’ve asked him [Jobs] why he didn’t get the operation, and he said, ‘I didn’t want my body to be opened…I didn’t want to be violated in that way.’ ”

The book also reveals that Jobs hid the severity of his poor health condition from those around him and even the public in general. In the interview, Isaacson says Steve Jobs declined surgery, exploring alternative medicine treatments for his disease. Jobs relied simply on fruit juices, acupuncture, herbal remedies and other treatments—some of which he found on the Internet—causing his family, friends and physicians to be infuriated and distressed about the situation.

Isaacson’s last interviews with Jobs were immediately before and after he resigned as Apple CEO, whenit became apparent his illness was terminal.

The book “Steve Jobs,” which goes on sale next week, was a corroboration of more than 40 interviews with Steve Jobs himself over a period of several years. Walter Isaacson’s book will discuss Jobs’ early youth, his personal battle against cancer, co-founding Apple, the Google rivalry, and more. The book is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com for $17.88.

Via [CBS News]

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