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Einstein: The Life of a Genius Hardcover – November 3, 2009


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Design; First Edition edition (November 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061893897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061893896
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 10 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a brilliant intellectual tapestry -- and a great read. Skillfully weaving Einstein's revolutionary scientific achievements, his prolific political initiatives, his complex personal life, and his fascinating personality, Isaacson has transformed the transformer of the twentieth century into a beacon for the twenty-first century." --Martin J. Sherwin, coauthor of "American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer," winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for biography --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Walter Isaacson is the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, an international non-profit organization designed to promote enlightened leadership and dialogue in contemporary issues. He was chairman and CEO of the international news organization CNN and managing editor of Time. Isaacson wrote the critically acclaimed Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), for which he had access to previously unavailable papers belonging to Einstein. He has also written Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003), Kissinger: A Biography (1992), and is the co-author, with Evan Thomas, of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986). His work has been published in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Germany, France, Japan, and China. In 2007, Isaacson became a columnist for Time. He divides his time between Aspen, CO and Washington D.C.


More About the Author

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 and of Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter.

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The books sets Einstein into the history of his times and the history and scope of scientific knowledge.
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This book was requested by my wife and she has been reading it and loves it.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A. G. Sanchez on December 23, 2009
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From the beginning I'll admit I'm a sucker for these Museum In A Book type of books. These books are often described as books for children. I'm not sure why? Too many pictures, too much interaction? I don't get it.

This one was fairly typical of the style, with fixed pages throughout and with added pockets containing pictures, documents, postcards, newspaper articles etc. However this book also had many artifacts that were carefully taped onto the pages so that the reader could unfold them without removing them from the book. This is a little different than most books of this kind. This way documents stay on the page their meant to be on and don't get lost as easy. Is this good or bad? You decide. The graphics are also more subtle than many other books of this type. Less bright color, plenty of call out boxes with text and graphics lending itself to a more serious look.

It covers not only the work that Einstein did early in his life with Relativity and THE BOMB but also his work with Civil Rights, Israel, and McCarthyism. From his birth to his death and some of the more interesting time in-between. Very nicely done for a subject that can be somewhat dry.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Nom De Plume on November 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
We bought this book to do a middle school project . . . and it was great for that. But it is a fabulous book for any purpose, including just to learn about a fascinating man who lived at a fascinating time. The organization of the book, the visual elements and the "artifacts" provided (copies of significant letters and documents from Einstein's life) kept my son -- and me! -- engaged in the subject in a way that a run-of-the-mill biography would not. (I note that the previous 1-star review was not based on the content of this book). Highly recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The primary draw of this book is not the information about the life of Albert Einstein, most of that has appeared elsewhere. The greatest interest is generated by the reproductions of some of the major documents related to his life. The first one is of his report card for October, 1896. Others are:

*) A postcard that Mileva Maric, his first wife, sent to him.
*) A letter from Einstein to his cousin Elsa, who became his second wife.
*) A copy of Einstein's handwritten notes for his lectures on relativity.
*) A copy of the telegram Lorentz sent to Einstein that his theory of the bending of light beams by gravity had been confirmed.
*) A copy of the letter Einstein sent to President Franklin Roosevelt about the possibility of Germany developing an atomic bomb.
*) A copy of Einstein's certificate of naturalized citizenship.
*) A copy of the letter sent by Israeli ambassador Abba Eban offering him the presidency of Israel.
*) A copy of the letter that Einstein wrote to William Frauenglass encouraging him to commit civil disobedience during the McCarthy years.
*) A copy of the unfinished speech that Einstein was working on hours before he died. It was to be given to commemorate Israeli Independence Day.
*) A copy of the letter written by Einstein and Bertrand Russell appealing for nuclear disarmament.

Even though many of these items are written in German, seeing them and relating them to Einstein and his prolific personal output help you understand him. His last name now synonymous with genius, Einstein was a rock star before they existed and is deservedly an icon of science and humanism. It is not possible to read about him and have your world perspective remain unchanged.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Sibrinsz on July 30, 2012
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This book was requested by my wife and she has been reading it and loves it.
This book reminds me of the 1776 book we purchased a few years ago...
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