The book, Becoming Steve Jobs, excerpts of which have been published online, throws light on life inside Apple as it grew into one of the world’s most powerful technology companies.
According to reports, excerpts from the book were posted initially posted on Amazon.com, but have since been removed.
Market wWatch writes: “Cook, who visited Jobs regularly at his home after the former Apple chief was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, became so upset after a particular visit that he had his blood tested to see if he’d be a match with Jobs’ rare blood type.”
According to the book, Jobs quickly turned down Cook’s offer.
“He cut me off at the legs, almost before the words were out of my mouth,” the excerpt says, according to reports. “‘No,’ he said. ‘I’ll never let you do that. I’ll never do that.’”
“I said, ‘Steve, I’m perfectly healthy, I’ve been checked out. Here’s the medical report. I can do this and I’m not putting myself at risk, I’ll be fine,'” Cook continued. “And he doesn’t think about it. It was not, ‘Are you sure you want to do this?’ It was not, ‘I’ll think about it.’ It was not, ‘Oh, the condition I’m in …’ It was, ‘No, I’m not doing that!'”
Cook said that Jobs’ response to his offer, made at a time “when things were just terrible” for him, reflected the true nature of his character.
“Somebody that’s selfish doesn’t reply like that,” said Cook. Jobs only yelled at him four or five times during the 13 years they knew one another, he admitted. That was one of them.
Cook said, “Steve only yelled at me four or five times during the 13 years I knew him and this was one of them.”
Jobs eventually received a liver transplant, but died in 2011.
Read Becoming Steve Jobs in its entirety when the book appears in stores on March 24.