Steve Jobs resisted surgery that might have saved his life early in his fight with pancreatic cancer, choosing instead to try alternative therapies, he told his biographer Walter Isaacson. The late Apple CEO later said he regretted the decision, which he made because he thought the surgery would be too invasive.
Isaacson, whose book “Steve Jobs” is due to be released Monday, will be interviewed Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” and CBS News has released some intriguing tidbits in advance of the broadcast.
Isaacson tells “60 MInutes’” Steve Kroft he asked Jobs why he didn’t get the operation earlier, “and he said, ‘I didn’t want my body to be opened. … I didn’t want to be violated in that way.’”
Jobs waited nine months for the surgery, while his wife and others tried to convince him to have it. That delay turned out to be fatal.
Kroft asked Isaacson why an intelligent man would make a seemingly dumb decision. “I think that he kind of felt that if you ignore something, if you don’t want something to exist, you can have magical thinking,” Isaacson says. “We talked about this a lot. He wanted to talk about it, how he regretted it. … I think he felt he should have been operated on sooner.”
In an early look at the biography, AP reports: “Isaacson wrote that Jobs was livid in January 2010 when HTC introduced an Android phone that boasted many of the popular features of the iPhone. Apple sued, and Jobs told Isaacson in an expletive-laced rant that Google’s actions amounted to ‘grand theft.’”
Jobs is quoted as saying: “I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”