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  • American Sketches

  • Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and Heroes of a Hurricane
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Cotter Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
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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 and Mikhail Gorbachev, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton, and various other interesting characters he has chronicled as a biographer and journalist. The people he writes about have an awesome intelligence, in most cases, but that is not the secret of their success.

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  • Enjoyable and Insightful - Get it

  • By Gerardo A Dada on 09-02-13

Predictable Political Hackery

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Reviewed: 05-12-18

I gave Isaacson the benefit of the doubt when purchasing this title. It is not a book with an honest view of leaders. It is what you would expect from Isaacson, a book fawning over leaders he agrees with while slyly smearing ones who don’t agree with his biased political bent.