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As the former President/CEO of the Aspen Institute, former chairman/CEO of CNN and former managing editor of TIME magazine, Walter Isaacson’s passion goes well beyond the news. His latest book, Leonardo da Vinci (2017) brings history's most creative genius at the crossroads of the humanities and the arts to life, and highlights and teaches the importance of creativity and challenging the status quo. Isaacson's book The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution (October 2014), is a biographical tale of the people who invented the computer, Internet, and the other great innovations of our time, and will be a must-read from Wall Street to Silicon Valley to Main Street. Kirkus Reviews says of The Innovators, “A panoramic history of technological revolution….Isaacson weaves prodigious research and deftly crafted anecdotes into a vigorous, gripping narrative about the visionaries whose imaginations and zeal continue to transform our lives.” Isaacson is also the author of the only authorized biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, titled Steve Jobs (2011), which was at the top of The New York Times best sellers list for months. Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs—as well as interviews with more than a 100 family members, friends, adversaries, competitors and colleagues—Isaacson tells a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and 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. The movie, Steve Jobs, based on Isaacson’s biography and written by legendary Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin was released to theatres on October 9, 2015.
Isaacson is known for giving voice to America’s historical figures and how the lessons they imparted still apply today. His other best-selling books include Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, in which he analyzes the events that shaped American history and shows how their ripple effects continue to transform the world today; Kissinger: A Biography; and co-author of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. In 2012, TIME named Isaacson as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. He shares with audiences the fascinating stories and anecdotes from The Innovators, the amazing life of Steve Jobs and others, and how they changed the worlds of technology and business. He will also discuss current global events within the framework of history’s valuable lessons and offers a wealth of insight culled from more than two decades of journalistic experience—both in the field and as head of two of the world’s most influential news organizations.
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The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
In this presentation from his book, The Innovators, which is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and a guide to how innovation really works, Walter Isaacson tells the story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. 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? Isaacson begins with Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron’s daughter, who pioneered computer programming in the 1840s and 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. He tells the story of how their minds worked, what made them so creative and 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, Isaacson reveals to audiences how these renowned figures actually made it happen.
What secrets do history’s luminaries share? Esteemed author Walter Isaacson—who was given exclusive and unprecedented access to the Steve Jobs—is widely considered to be one of today’s most insightful biographers. Isaacson’s ability to brilliantly capture the unique cultural currents surrounding America’s greatest leaders and creative thinkers is showcased in his best-selling books on Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Ben Franklin and Henry Kissinger. Bringing audiences closer to these remarkable figures, Isaacson discusses the vital information that can be learned from them—including the common traits they share and how those traits can be used to empower today’s business leaders. Sharing fascinating details of how success came to each of these men through the questioning of conventional wisdom and a willingness to explore new ideas, he provides an astute analysis of timeless leadership principles and the lessons they can teach us on fostering the creativity necessary to compete in a new century of globalization.
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Leonardo da Vinci
Walter Isaacson was amazing and generous with his time and his brilliance. His talk was around Jobs, Einstein and Franklin and how these three amazing men were very much alike and in the Q & A we asked him about how they differed. We had a subscriber tell us that his lecture alone was worth the price for his entire subscription and have had rave reviews from our audiences.Ringling College Library Association Town Hall
Walter Isaacson's interview Saturday as part of our campaign launch Homecoming weekend was perhaps the finest interview I have ever seen on campus, and I am quite certain based upon the reaction from our VIP audience that many, many people in the audience felt the same. We could not have hoped for a better result.Bucknell University
Walter Isaacson continues to gift us with his profound wisdom and insight. His voice is light years above the fray, and he masterfully chronicles the history, trends, and personalities that are shaping the world. I recently had the honor of interviewing Walter in front of 300 Beneficial Bank customers. It was a thought provoking and engaging session and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.Beneficial Bank
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