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Tim Cook: Steve Jobs Was No 'Selfish Egomaniac'

Tim Cook was not a big fan of Walter Isaacson's book "Steve Jobs."
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Tim Cook was not a big fan of Walter Isaacson's "Steve Jobs." The current Apple CEO said the biography, which came out in 2011, did Jobs a "tremendous disservice" by not portraying his more empathetic side, according to "Becoming Steve Jobs," a new biography by Brent Schlender and Fast Company executive editor Rick Tetzeli due out March 24. Cook explained why he was not happy with the book, in this excerpt published by Fast Company:

It was just a rehash of a bunch of stuff that had already been written, and focused on small parts of his personality. You get the feeling that [Steve’s] a greedy, selfish egomaniac. It didn’t capture the person.

Cook insisted that Jobs "cared deeply about things," and although he was "brash and confident," there was "a soft side of him as well." Jobs reportedly pestered Cook about having more of a social life — even calling Cook's mom in Alabama to talk to her about it. The Friday before Jobs died, he insisted that Cook watch "Remember the Titans" with him. "I was so surprised he wanted to watch that movie. I was like, 'Are you sure?'" Cook said, according to Fast Company. "Steve was not interested in sports at all. And we watched and we talked about a number of things and I left thinking that he was pretty happy."



— Keith Wagstaff