Walter Isaacson's highly anticipated biography of Steve Jobs is due to be released Oct. 24.
In a subscriber-only posting this week at time.com, Isaacson recalled his final visit with Jobs:
"A few weeks ago, I visited Jobs for the last time in his Palo Alto, Calif., home. He had moved to a downstairs bedroom because he was too weak to go up and down stairs.
"He was curled up in some pain, but his mind was still sharp and his humor vibrant. ...
"As a writer, I was used to being detached, but I was hit by a wave of sadness as I tried to say goodbye.
"In order to mask my emotion, I asked the one question that was still puzzling me: Why had he been so eager, during close to 50 interviews and conversations over the course of two years, to open up so much for a book when he was usually so private?
"'I wanted my kids to know me,' he said. 'I wasn't always there for them, and I wanted them to know why and to understand what I did.'"
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Scott Gillespie is the Opinion section editor.
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