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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (219 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Isaacson Narrator: Cotter Smith Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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By the author of the bestselling biographies of Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, a reflection on: What are the roots of creativity? What makes for great leadership?

In this collection of essays, Walter Isaacson reflects on the lessons to be learned from Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, and various other larger-than-life characters he has chronicled as a biographer and a journalist.

Isaacson reflects on how he became a writer, the lessons he learned from various people he met, and the challenges he sees for journalism in the digital age. He offers living tributes to his hometown of New Orleans, which both before and after Hurricane Katrina offered many of the ingredients for a creative culture, and to the Louisiana novelist Walker Percy, who was an early mentor.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Unpretentious wisdom.”

    Barnes & Noble review

  • “A compelling, highly readable collection of fresh perspectives on some of the most significant names in American history.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Scott Burton | 8/8/2013

    " It was O.K. The book is essentially a collection of editorials that Mr. Isaacson has written over his career. I found a few to be very insightful. Several were somewhat informative. And a few were... blah...blah...blah. All in all a mixed bag, very uneven. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gary Smith | 8/2/2013

    " Interesting short bio of people like Bill Gates, Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton and many others. Kind of like a book of short stories, but the stories are bios of interesting people. Isaacson is a great writers (same guy who wrote the Steve Jobs book). "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Steven | 7/8/2013

    " This book repeats itself a bit. It's a collection of articles, and it doesn't seem like any effort was made to make it readable from cover to cover, other than that it is full of great stuff, and worth reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Michael Harris | 5/13/2013

    " An APL Recycled Reads find. I have read all of this biographies and really enjoyed his ability to bring a historic figure to life. This collection of previously written Time pieces did not do any thing for me. It was a chore to read. I should have taken a cue from my Granddaughter and put it down. "

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