Apple CEO Tim Cook Says 'Haunted Empire' Book Is 'Nonsense'

Mar 19, 2014 05:01 PM EDT | Jordan Ecarma

Apple CEO Tim Cook has denounced the new book "Haunted Empire: Apple after Steve Jobs," calling it "nonsense" in an email to CNBC.

The book is authored by former Wall Street Journal technology reporter Yukari Iwatani Kane and is based on 200 interviews, according to CNBC.

In the statement, Cook said the volume failed to depict the company, Apple employees and Jobs himself in a true-to-life fashion.

"This nonsense belongs with some of the other books I've read about Apple," Cook wrote in the email to CNBC. "It fails to capture Apple, Steve, or anyone else in the company. Apple has over 85,000 employees that come to work each day to do their best work, to create the world's best products, to put their mark in the universe and leave it better than they found it.

"This has been the heart of Apple from day one and will remain at the heart for decades to come. I am very confident about our future. We've always had many doubters in our history. They only make us stronger."

According to the book's Amazon.com description, "Haunted Empire" asks the vital question of whether or not Apple can continue to be great without its leader.

Kane responded to Cook's criticism with her own email, which was reported by Re/code and CNBC. "Haunted Empire" shows a company struggling minus its leader, Re/code described.

"For Tim Cook to have such strong feelings about the book, it must have touched a nerve," the author wrote. "Even I was surprised by my conclusions, so I understand the sentiment. I'm happy to speak with him or anyone at Apple in public or private. My hope in writing this book was to be thought-provoking and to start a conversation which I'm glad it has."

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