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Isaacson, Walter

Overview
Works: 201 works in 1,269 publications in 33 languages and 45,914 library holdings
Genres: Biographies  History  Biographical films  Drama  Film adaptations  Anecdotes  Documentary films  Case studies  Historical films  Sources 
Roles: Author, Bibliographic antecedent, Narrator, Author of introduction, Contributor, Creator, Interviewee, wpr, Composer, Editor, Other, Conceptor, 070, win, pre
Classifications: QA76.2.J63, B
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Most widely held works by Walter Isaacson
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson( Book )

245 editions published between 2011 and 2021 in 33 languages and held by 7,678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years, as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues, the author has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering. Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted. Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple's hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values. -- From publisher
Einstein : his life and universe by Walter Isaacson( Book )

85 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in 13 languages and held by 4,683 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first full biography of Albert Einstein since all of his papers have become available shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. Biographer 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 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.--From publisher description
Benjamin Franklin : an American life by Walter Isaacson( Book )

54 editions published between 2003 and 2020 in 8 languages and held by 4,520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronicles the founding father's life and his multiple careers as a shopkeeper, writer, inventor, media baron, scientist, diplomat, business strategist, and political leader, while showing how his faith in the wisdom of the common citizen helped to forge an American national identity based on the virtues of its middle class
The innovators : how a group of hackers, geniuses, and geeks created the digital revolution by Walter Isaacson( Book )

95 editions published between 2014 and 2019 in 14 languages and held by 4,263 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovatorsis Walter Isaacson's story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and a guide to how innovation really works. What talents allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their disruptive ideas into realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail? In his exciting saga, Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron's daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s. He then explores the fascinating personalities that created our current digital revolution, such as Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee and Larry Page. This is the story of how their minds worked and what made them so creative. It's also a narrative of how their ability to collaborate and master the art of teamwork made them even more creative. For an era that seeks to foster innovation, creativity and teamwork, this book shows how they actually happen
Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson( Book )

46 editions published between 2017 and 2020 in 10 languages and held by 3,076 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"He was history's most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? The [bestselling biographer] brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography. Drawing on thousands of pages from Leonardo's astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo's genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. His creativity, like that of other great innovators, came from standing at the intersection of the humanities and technology. He peeled flesh off the faces of cadavers, drew the muscles that move the lips, and then painted history's most memorable smile on the Mona Lisa. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper. Isaacson also describes how Leonardo's lifelong enthusiasm for staging theatrical productions informed his paintings and inventions. His ability to combine art and science, made iconic by his drawing of what may be himself inside a circle and a square, remains the enduring recipe for innovation. His life should remind us of the importance of instilling, both in 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."--Jacket
Kissinger : a biography by Walter Isaacson( Book )

37 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 2,894 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

As his parents finished packing the few personal belongings they were permitted to take out of Germany, the bespectacled 15-year-old stood in the corner of the apartment memorizing the details of the scene. He was a bookish and reflective child, with that odd mixture of ego and insecurity that can come from growing up smart yet persecuted. "I'll be back someday," he said to the customs inspector who was surveying the boxes. Years later, he would recall how the official looked at him "with the disdain of age" and said nothing. Henry Kissinger was right: he did come back to his Bavarian birthplace, first as a soldier with the U.S. Army counterintelligence corps, then as a renowned scholar of international relations, and eventually as the dominant statesman of his era. By the time he was made secretary of state in 1973, he had become, according to the Gallup Poll, the most admired person in America. In addition, as he conducted foreign policy with the air of a guest of honor at a cocktail party, he became one of the most unlikely celebrities ever to capture the world's imagination. Yet Kissinger was reviled by large segments of the American public, ranging from liberal intellectuals to conservative activists, who in varying ways considered him a Strangelovean power manipulator dangerously devoid of moral principles. Kissinger's power-oriented approach to global politics resulted in a messy conclusion to the Vietnam War that included the secret bombing and invasion of Cambodia and the Christmas bombing of Hanoi. Yet he was also able to design a triangular balance based on detente with Russia and an opening to China that preserved America's influence in the world. He had an instinctive feel for power, but it was not matched by a feel for the openness of America's democratic system or for the moral values that are a basic source of its world influence. This book, the first full biography of Kissinger, explores the relationship between his complex personality - brilliant, conspiratorial, furtive, prone to power struggles, charming yet at times deceitful - and the foreign policy he pursued. It draws on extensive interviews with Kissinger as well as 150 other sources, including Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, H.R. Haldeman, former South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu, Russian diplomats, cabinet colleagues, disillusioned aides, childhood friends, and business clients. In addition, it makes use of many of Kissinger's private papers, personal letters, recorded telephone conversations, his desk diaries and those of various officials, memos of classified meetings, and transcripts of FBI wiretaps. The result is an intimate narrative, filled with surprising revelations, that takes this century's most colorful statesman from his childhood as a persecuted Jew in Nazi Germany, through his tortured relationship with Richard Nixon, to his twilight years as a globe-trotting business consultant
The wise men : six friends and the world they made : Acheson, Bohlen, Harriman, Kennan, Lovett, McCloy by Walter Isaacson( Book )

25 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 1,694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a collective biography of the best and brightest men in government and their foreign policies which dominate our actions to this day. It includes data on World War II diplomacy, the Cold War, Communist containment, the Marshall Plan, the Truman Doctrine, Kennedy and Johnson diplomacy, and Vietnam War diplomacy. A blend of personal biography and public drama, it introduces the original best and brightest, leaders whose outsized personalities and actions brought order to postwar chaos: Averell Harriman, the freewheeling diplomat and Roosevelt's special envoy to Churchill and Stalin; Dean Acheson, the secretary of state who was more responsible for the Truman Doctrine than Truman and for the Marshall Plan than General Marshall; George Kennan, self-cast outsider and intellectual darling of the Washington elite; Robert Lovett, assistant secretary of war, undersecretary of state, and secretary of defense throughout the formative years of the Cold War; John McCloy, one of the nation's most influential private citizens; and Charles Bohlen, adroit diplomat and ambassador to the Soviet Union
Einstein : his life and universe by Walter Isaacson( Recording )

34 editions published between 2007 and 2018 in English and held by 1,643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A narrative portrait based on the complete body of Einstein's papers offers insight into his contributions to science, in an account that describes the influence of his discoveries on his personal views about morality, politics, and tolerance
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson( Recording )

46 editions published between 2011 and 2018 in English and French and held by 1,492 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years, as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues, the author has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering. Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted. Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple's hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values. -- From publisher
The code breaker : Jennifer Doudna, gene editing, and the future of the human race by Walter Isaacson( Book )

18 editions published in 2021 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs returns with a gripping account of how Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and have healthier babies. When Jennifer Doudna was in sixth grade, she came home one day to find that her dad had left a paperback titled The Double Helix on her bed. She put it aside, thinking it was one of those detective tales she loved. When she read it on a rainy Saturday, she discovered she was right, in a way. As she sped through the pages, she became enthralled by the intense drama behind the competition to discover the building block of life. Even though her high school counselor told her girls didn't become scientists, she decided she would. Driven by a passion to understand how nature works and to turn discoveries into inventions, she would help to make what the book's author, James Watson, told her was the most important biological advance since his co-discovery of the structure of DNA. She and her collaborators turned their curiosity into an invention that will transform the human race: an easy-to-use tool that can edit DNA. Known as CRISPR, it opened a brave new world of medical miracles and moral questions. The development of CRISPR and the race to create vaccines for coronavirus will hasten our transition to the next great innovation revolution. The past half-century has been a digital age, based on the microchip, computer, and internet. Now we are entering a life-science revolution. Children who study digital coding will be joined by those who study the code of life. Should we use our new evolution-hacking powers to make us less susceptible to viruses? What a wonderful boon that would be! And what about preventing depression? Hmmm...Should we allow parents, if they can afford it, to enhance the height or muscles or IQ of their kids? After helping to discover CRISPR, Doudna became a leader in wrestling with these moral issues and, with her collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier, won the Nobel Prize in 2020. Her story is a thrilling detective tale that involves the most profound wonders of nature, from the origins of life to the future of our species
Benjamin Franklin : an American life by Walter Isaacson( Recording )

28 editions published between 2003 and 2020 in English and held by 1,304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin's amazing life, from his days as a runaway printer to his triumphs as a statesman, scientist, and Founding Father.--
Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson( Recording )

18 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 977 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"He was history's most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo's astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo's genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced 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 technology. 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"--
The innovators : [how a group of hackers, geniuses, and geeks created the digital revolution] by Walter Isaacson( Recording )

18 editions published between 2014 and 2019 in English and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The computer and the Internet are among the most important inventions of our era, but few people know who created them. Most innovations of the digital age were made collaboratively. There were a lot of fascinating people involved, some ingenious and even a few geniuses. This is the story of these pioneers, hackers, and entrepreneurs, how their minds worked and what made them so creative. It's also a narrative of how their ability to work as teams made them even more creative. 2014
Profiles in leadership : historians on the elusive quality of greatness( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays reflecting on the enduring ingredients of leadership
Einstein : his life and his universe by Walter Isaacson( Book )

7 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 522 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a biography of Albert Einstein, presenting information on his revolutionary scientific achievements, his political initiatives, his personal life, and his personality
A Benjamin Franklin reader by Benjamin Franklin( Book )

3 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and held by 493 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY, Poor Richard's Almanac, Silence Dogood's letters, Polly Baker's trial, bagatelles to his French girlfriends, the closing speech at the Constitutional Convention, letters to Jefferson and Adams and Washington, and many other writings
The trials of Henry Kissinger( Visual )

7 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 476 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Did Henry Kissinger sabatoge the 1968 Vietnam peace talks for his own personal gain? Did he orchestrate the secret bombing of Cambodia? Did he authorize covert operations to overthrow a Chilean President? This explores how a young boy who fled Nazi Germany grew up to become one of the most powerful and controversial figures in United States history
Pro and con by Walter Isaacson( Book )

3 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents both sides on dozens of arguments from abortion to vegetarianism
Invent & wander : the collected writings of Jeff Bezos by Jeffrey Bezos( Book )

7 editions published between 2020 and 2021 in 3 languages and held by 470 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of writings by the founder and CEO of Amazon includes a selection of Bezos's unusual annual shareholder letters, speeches, and interviews that offer insight into his background, his professional approaches, and the evolutions of his ideas
Buying the war( Visual )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 436 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Bush administration marketed and sold the war in Iraq to the American people. How and why did the press buy it, and what does that say about the role of journalists in helping the public sort out fact from propaganda? In this program, veteran journalist Bill Moyers, award-winning producer Kathleen Hughes, and their investigative team piece together the reporting and political spin that shaped the public mind prior to, during, and following the 2003 invasion. Exposing the disappearance of a watchdog mentality in mainstream newspaper and TV journalism, the documentary also highlights the work of intrepid Knight Ridder reporters who dug beneath the surface of administration claims, only to be drowned out by the drums of war. Further insight comes from journalists Dan Rather, former anchor of CBS evening news; Tim Russert of NBC's Meet the press; Bob Simon of 60 minutes; and Walter Isaacson, former chairman of CNN"--Container
 
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Einstein : his life and universe
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Einstein : his life and universeBenjamin Franklin : an American lifeKissinger : a biographyThe wise men : six friends and the world they made : Acheson, Bohlen, Harriman, Kennan, Lovett, McCloyEinstein : his life and universeBenjamin Franklin : an American lifeProfiles in leadership : historians on the elusive quality of greatnessEinstein : his life and his universeA Benjamin Franklin reader
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Aizaksons, Valters

Aizaksons, Valters, 1952-

Ajzekcon, Uolter.

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Issacson, Walter.

Izaksons, Valters

Izaksons, Valters, 1952-

Walter Isaacson American writer, journalist and biographer

Walter Isaacson americký novinář a spisovatel

Walter Isaacson Amerikaans journalist

Walter Isaacson Amerykański pisarz

Walter Isaacson écrivain américain

Walter Isaacson scrittore, giornalista e biografo statunitense

Walter Isaacson US-amerikanischer Schriftsteller

Айзексон Уолтер

Волтер Айзексон

Волтер Ајзаксон

Уолтер Айзексон

Уолтър Айзъксън

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איזקסון, וולטר

איזקסון, וולטר, 1952-

אייזקסון, וולטר

וולטר אייזקסון

والتر إيزاكسون

والتر ایزاکسون ژورنالیست و نویسنده آمریکایی

아이작슨, 월터

아이작슨, 월터 1952-

아이작슨, 윌터 1952-

월터 아이작슨

アイザックソン, ウォルター

アイザックソン, ウォルター 1952-

ウォルター・アイザクソン

華特·艾碩遜

沃尔特·艾萨克森

沃爾特·艾薩克森 美國作家和記者

艾萨克森, 沃尓特

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