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Picks and Pans Review: The Man Behind the Myths

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>THE ADOPTED SON

Close to the parents who raised him, Jobs told Isaacson his birth parents were “my sperm and egg bank … nothing more.”

THE RABID FAN

He dated Joan Baez for three years in part, a friend says, because she had been Bob Dylan’s lover: “Steve loved that connection.”

THE CONNOISSEUR

Before deciding to marry Laurene Powell, he surveyed friends, asking if they thought she or his previous girlfriend was prettier.

THE SELF-DECEIVER

Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in ’03, he avoided surgery for months, trying juice fasts, bowel cleanses, even a psychic. “In the past he had been rewarded for … his assumption that he could will things to be as he wanted,” Isaacson writes. “But cancer does not work that way.”