Based on the newly released personal letters of Albert Einstein, Walter Isaacson 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.
These traits are just as vital for this new century of globalization, in which our success will depend on our creativity, as they were for the beginning of the last century, when Einstein helped usher in the modern age.
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"[A] lucid account." (Publishers Weekly)
"Isaacson has admirably succeeded in weaving together the complex threads of Einstein's personal and scientific life to paint a superb portrait." (Arthur I. Miller, author of Einstein, Picasso)
"Isaacson has written a crisp, engaging, and refreshing biography, one that beautifully masters the historical literature and offers many new insights into Einstein's work and life." (Diana Kormos Buchwald, General Editor of the Collected Papers of Albert Einstein)
I enjoy the spy type story. So for me to enjoy this speak volumes. It was nice to hear about his struggles and successes...
I'm not really a huge biography reader/listener, but I've always been interested in Einstein's life...
When I saw that Walter Isaacson wrote a biography on him, (my first biography by him was Steve Jobs) I downloaded it immediately and was not disappointed for even a second...
The author catches Einstein's life in interesting ways and tells a good story about the good and bad of his life.. Enjoyed every second..
If you are looking for a good listen about a great man, give it a try..
Yes because this book delves into the mind of the man who's name is synonymous with the word genius.
Yes on the History Channel and both of them are fantastic journey's into the imagination.
Husband, father, building contractor, inventor and audio book lover.
Walter Isaacson does such a great job of digging into the person of Einstein that you almost feel like one of the family as you get into this book. The historical ride through one of the most formative periods in world history is a side benefit of the thoroughness of Isaacson's work. I think anyone interested in history will find this book fascinating. The voice of the history channel is also a plus. Edward Hermann is excellent.
I purchased this book after I read Steve Job's biography which was very inspiring and very well written.
I expected pretty much the same "awesomeness" from the life of Einstein. I was a good book, but most of it are analysis of the letters that Einstein wrote during his life which did not make it as interesting to me. So it's not so much a story of his life, it's mostly the collection of his correspondence. I was a bit disappointed by that.
Other than that, it gives great insights on Einstein's life, his passions, his ideas, and all that stuff. Overall, it is a good book!
While I thought the story-telling was really only "C" grade, the underlying real-life story is amazing and the performance is very strong which saved the book for me. I think I've been spoiled by Ron Chernow who I think is an amazing historical biographer.
I listened to this book on my 40+ min commute both AM & PM & enjoyed it immensely. Edward Herrmann is an excellent narrator.
This is one of the best audiobooks I have listened to. It's a detailed, absorbing biography which gives a deep understanding of Einstein's personality, warts and all. as well as the historical events which affected his life, beliefs and political life.
Edward Herrmann did an excellent job narrating, providing an excellent pace and listening clarity.
Two things I particularly enjoyed were learning about Einstein's deep and lifelong friendships with other scientists and the evolution of Einstein's spiritual growth as it evolved through his work. I also enjoyed learning that Einstein was a visual scientist and was always complaining about needing more math...how human.
Absorbing biography, history and science all in one great book.
Dad, Dentist, Adventurer. Well... at least 2 of those.
Yes, there's no way I could have made it through reading the book. It was perfect for my morning commute.
I had no idea he was such a ladies man. I was also pretty shocked by the story of his first child and his reaction to that child.
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