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Book Cover Image: Title: Einstein, Author: Walter Isaacson

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By the author of the acclaimed bestseller Benjamin Franklin, this is the first full biography of Albert Einstein since all of his papers have become available. How did his mind work? What made him a genius? Isaacson's biography shows how his scientific imagination sprang from the rebellious nature of his personality. His fascinating story is a testament to the connection between creativity and freedom.

Isaacson's book is a narrative account that takes us through Einstein's life, weaving together his science, his personal life, and his political beliefs. Now that his archives have been completely opened, it is possible to explore how an imaginative, impertinent patent clerk -- a struggling father in a difficult marriage who couldn't get an academic job or a doctorate -- became the mindreader 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.

About the Author

Author: Walter Isaacson

Walter Isaacson is the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute. He has been the Chairman and CEO of CNN and the Managing Editor of Time Magazine. He is the author of Einstein: His Life and Universe (April 2007), Benjamin Franklin: An American Life (2003), Kissinger: A Biography (1992), and coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made (1986).

Isaacson was born on May 20, 1952, in New Orleans. He is a graduate of Harvard College and of Pembroke College of Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

He began his career at the Sunday Times of London and then the New Orleans Times-Picayune/States-Item. He joined Time Magazine in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor and editor of new media before becoming the magazine's 14th managing editor in 1996. He became Chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and then president and CEO of the Aspen Institute in 2003.

After Hurricane Katrina, he was appointed to be the vice-chairman of the Louisiana Recovery Authority. He is on the Board of Directors of United Airlines, Reader's Digest, Tulane University, the National Constitution Center, and he is chairman of the board of Teach for America.

He lives with his wife and daughter in Washington, DC.

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