"Steve Jobs," an eagerly awaited biography of the late Apple-co-founder, went on sale Monday.
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"Steve Jobs," an eagerly awaited biography of the late Apple-co-founder, went on sale Monday.

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"Steve Jobs," the first authorized biography of the late Apple co-founder, went on sale Monday

Walter Isaacson's book contains a wealth of fresh details about Jobs' life and career

Jobs chose Apple logo over another -- a whole apple that looked too much like a cherry

It was Jobs' idea to get rid of the screen on the iPod Shuffle

Tune in to “Piers Morgan Tonight” at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday for an interview with the author of the Steve Jobs biography, Walter Isaacson.

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“Steve Jobs,’ the biography of the late tech visionary that went on sale Monday, has already produced plenty of headlines: How Jobs met his birth father without knowing who he was, how he swore bitter revenge on Google for developing its competing Android system, and how he waited too long after his cancer diagnosis to get surgery that might have saved him.

But the 656-page book by hand-picked biographer Walter Isaacson also contains a wealth of smaller, but no less telling, details about the brilliant but difficult Apple co-founder.

Taken together, they build an illuminating portrait of a charismatic, complicated figure who could inspire people one minute and demean them the next. Even on their own, many of these snippets are still fascinating glimpses into an extraordinary life.

The CNN Tech team has been busy flipping through our copies of the book. Here are some of the more interesting nuggets we’ve found, in chronological order (we’re still reading, so we’ll add more as we go):

Childhood and early years

– Jobs’ wife, Laurene Powell Jobs, encouraged Isaacson to be honest about Jobs’ failings. “You shouldn’t whitewash it,” she told him. “He’s good at spin, but he also has a remarkable story, and I’d like to see that it’s all told truthfully.”

– Jobs’ birth mother insisted he be adopted by college graduates. The couple who had initially agreed to adopt Jobs in 1955 – a lawyer and his wife – backed out because they wanted a girl. So Jobs was placed instead with Paul Jobs, a high school dropout and mechanic, and his wife, Clara, a bookkeeper. When Jobs’ birth mother found out, she refused to sign the adoption papers for weeks and only relented after extracting a pledge that the Jobses fund a savings account to pay for the boy’s