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The author of the acclaimed best sellers Benjamin Franklin, Einstein, and Steve Jobs delivers an engrossing biography of Leonardo da Vinci, the world's most creative genius.

Leonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and engineering. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history's most creative genius.

Now Walter Isaacson brings Leonardo da Vinci to life, showing why we have much to learn from him. His combination of science, art, technology, and imagination remains an enduring recipe for creativity. So, too, was his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and, at times, heretical. His relentless curiosity should remind us of the importance of instilling, in both 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.

©2017 Walter Isaacson (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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Worthy.

The narration is excellent. Even at 1x speed, the pace is quick, so it's very dense value. Alfred Molina is perfect.

The content itself is excellent too.

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Requires too many views of pdf files

It was often not enough about his biography, but sometimes about what his state of mind was and discussions about some of his paintings.

I wanted hard facts, not personal opinion from historians thrown it.

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great writing

great book! tons of detail, well written and informative. a treasure to listen to. highly recommend it.