Biography

Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine. He is the author of BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: An American Life, KISSINGER: A Biography, and STEVE JOBS. He is also the coauthor of THE WISE MEN: Six Friends and THE WORLD THEY MADE. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter.

Walter Isaacson

Books by Walter Isaacson

by Walter Isaacson - Biography, Nonfiction

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.

Leonardo’s delight at combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted and at times heretical. His life should remind us of the importance of instilling, both in ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it --- to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think different.

by Walter Isaacson - History, Nonfiction, Technology

What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail? In THE INNOVATORS, Walter Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Alan Turing, John von Neumann, Doug Engelbart, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs and Larry Page.

by Walter Isaacson and Evan Thomas - Biography, International Relations

These are the leaders whose outsized personalities and actions brought order to postwar chaos: Averell Harriman, Dean Acheson, George Kennan, Robert Lovett,  John McCloy,  and Charles Bohlen.

written by Walter Isaacson, read by Edward Herrmann - Audiobook, Biography, Nonfiction

Based on newly released personal letters of Einstein, Walter Isaacson's book explores how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk --- a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn’t get a teaching job or a doctorate --- became the mind reader of the creator of the cosmos, the locksmith of the mysteries of the atom and the universe. His success came from questioning conventional wisdom and marveling at mysteries that struck others as mundane. This led him to embrace a morality and politics based on respect for free minds, free spirits and free individuals.

by Walter Isaacson - Biography, Nonfiction

Based on more than 40 interviews with Steve Jobs and over 100 interviews with family, friends, business rivals and others, Walter Isaacson’s biography is a comprehensive portrait of the life of an American business icon.