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    >>> authorized biography of steve jobs is about to hit stores a little more than two weeks after his death, and it includes some fascinating details about his life and his struggle with pancreatic cancer . natalie 's back with the details on that. natalie , good morning.

    >> good morning again, savannah. steve jobs was speaking with his biographer right up until a few weeks before he died. and while the book doesn't come out until monday, it is already raising questions about the choices jobs made regarding his own medical care . by all accounts, it was an extraordinary life.

    >> today, apple is going to reinvent the phone.

    >> reporter: steve jobs , the college dropout and creative genius behind apple's ipod, iphone and ipad.

    >> your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.

    >> reporter: now an authorized biography, " steve jobs " by walter isaacson , sheds new light on jobs' deadly battle with cancer. he was diagnosed in 2003 with pancreatic cancer , something he spoke about in his 2005 address to stanford university graduates.

    >> turned out to be a rare form of pancreatic cancer that's curable with surgery. i had the surgery, and thankfully, i'm fine now.

    >> reporter: but as isaacson recounts in an interview to be broadcast this sunday on "60 minutes," jobs resisted getting the surgery for nine months.

    >> he tries to treat it with diet, he goes to spiritualists, he goes through various ways of doing it macrobiotically, and he doesn't get an operation.

    >> why doesn't he get it operated on immediately?

    >> you know, i've asked him that, and he said "i didn't want my body to be opened, i didn't want to be violated in that way."

    >> reporter: isaacson says jobs later regretted his choice to postpone surgery, a decision questioned by some in the medical community.

    >> there is an extreme risk in waiting to remove any pancreatic malignant tumor, whether it be one month, nine months, whether it be slow-growing or fast-growing.

    >> reporter: other revelations in the book -- jobs says he was bullied as a child, stopped going to church at age 13 and eventually studied buddhism. also, jobs was adopted and had unknowingly met his birth father, who ran a restaurant that jobs sometimes ate at. when jobs finally made the connection, he had no interest in a relationship, telling isaacson , "i was a wealthy man by then and i didn't trust him not to try to blackmail me or go to the press about it."

    >> building a company is really hard.

    >> reporter: commenting on his biggest rival, bill gates , jobs said "bill is basically unimaginative and has never invented ying. he just shamelessly ripped off other people's ideas." when jobs met with president obama last fall, he reportedly told him, "you're headed for a one-term presidency." despite his frustrations, he offered to help obama's 2012 campaign, something he had done in 2008 , but he had become annoyed when obama strategist david axelrod wasn't toeshlly deferential. and jobs was interviewed by isaacson 20 times for the book. he reportedly told him no subject was off limits. friends and family were also interviewed, and apparently, jobs had no editorial control here.

    >> it's going to be a fascinating read.

    >> going to be a great read.

    >> natalie , thank you.

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  1. Beijing

    Mourners take pictures of flowers and messages placed around an image of Apple co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs, outside the Apple store in Beijing, China on Thursday, Oct. 6. Steve Jobs, who had been suffering from pancreatic cancer died at the age of 56 on Wednesday. (Peter Trebitsch / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Frankfurt, Germany

    A picture reading "Danke, Steve" (Thank you, Steve) was placed outside of the Apple Store in remembrance of Steve Jobs on Thursday in Frankfurt. Jobs co-founded Apple in 1976 and is credited, along with Steve Wozniak, with marketing the world's first personal computer in addition to the popular iPod, iPhone and iPad. (Ralph Orlowski / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Munich, Germany

    A tribute placed in front of an Apple store in Munich on Thursday reads in part: "A man I did not know but whose inventions (iphone) made me confident of living in an alien country with a language i didn't know. Thank you." (Michaela Rehle / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Hong Kong

    A newspaper vendor sells copies of a newspaper in Hong Kong, on Thursday. The headline, written in Chinese, reads "Steve Jobs pass away." (Vincent Yu / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Paris

    Two apples are placed at the entrance the Apple store in Paris, Thursday. (Benoit Tessier / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Tokyo

    Takashi Udagawa, 15, a high school senior, prays after laying a bouquet of flowers in tribute to Steve Jobs in front of an Apple Store in the Ginza shopping district of Tokyo on Thursday. (Hiro Komae / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Hong Kong

    Fans leaves condolence notes at an Apple retail store in Hong Kong on Thursday. (Kin Cheung / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. London

    Tributes to Steve Jobs are placed outside the Apple Store in Covent Garden, Thursday in London. (Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Sydney, Australia

    Pedestrians walk past a tribute to Steve Jobs outside the Apple Store in Sydney on Thursday. (Rick Rycroft / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    A Malaysian writes a note of condolence in honor of Steve Jobs at an Apple computer outlet in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday. (Vincent Thian / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Palo Alto, Calif.

    Chetan Patwardhan, second from left, writes on the sidewalk outside the the home of Steve Jobs, alongside his daughter Anisha, left, in Palo Alto, Calif., on Wednesday. (Beck Diefenbach / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. New York City

    Passersby record a memorial to Steve Jobs in front of the Apple store on 5th Avenue, in New York City, on Thursday. The well-known glass cube entrance is currently under reconstruction. (Mark Lennihan / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Santa Monica, Calif.

    A woman takes a picture with of a memorial with an iPhone in front of the Apple Store in Santa Monica, Calif. (Mike Nelson / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Cupertino, Calif.

    Chinese exchange students from nearby De Anza College use candles to create the Apple logo and Steve Jobs' last name in Chinese characters at a makeshift memorial for him at the Apple headquarters on Wednesday in Cupertino, Calif. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Cupertino, Calif.

    A crowd gathers at a makeshift memorial for Steve Jobs at the Apple headquarters on Wednesday in Cupertino, Calif. (Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Pasedena, Calif.

    An apple ommemorating the life of Steve Jobs sits outside an Apple store Wednesday in Pasadena, Calif. (Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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