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  • Author:
    Walter Isaacson
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    1439180644
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    Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition (November 24, 2009)
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Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. Isaacson reflects on how he became a writer, the lessons he learned from various people he met, and the challenges he sees for journalism in the digital age. He also offers loving tributes to his hometown of New Orleans, which both before and after Hurricane Katrina offered many of the ingredients for a creative culture, and to the Louisiana novelist Walker Percy, who was an early mentor.

AMERICAN SKETCHES is a wide-ranging series of essays that captured the vastness of Isaacson's interests and insights. Isaacson, a great humanist, expanded his focus into THE BIOTECH AGE, which he saw as integral to the 21st century.

American Sketches book. By bestselling biographer and journalist, a selective collection. This book is more of a collection of essays, where Walter Isaacson reflects on lessons to be learned from Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton, and others he has written about earlier both Very soothing and relaxing to listen too as you are driving.

In this collection of essays, Walter Isaacson reflects on the lessons to be learned from Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein .

In this collection of essays, Walter Isaacson reflects on the lessons to be learned from Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, Hillary and Bill Clinton, and various other interesting characters he has chronicled as a biographer and journalist. The people he writes about have an awesome intelligence, in most cases, but that is not the secret of their success. They had qualities that were even more rare, such as imagination and true curiosity

American Sketches : Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and Heroes of a Hurricane. Walter Isaacson is a gifted writer with an excellent worldview.

American Sketches : Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and Heroes of a Hurricane. This book is a collection of first rate essays and articles covering an array of American political and creative leaders as well as some thoughts on journalism and its future. The essays were written over a span of several decades, so in addition to the actual essays, each contains a foreword by the author to put it into current perspective.

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Walter Isaacson is a gifted writer with an excellent worldview.

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Автор: Isaacson Walter Название: American Sketches: Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and .

Isaacson reflects on how he became a writer, the lessons he learned from various people he met, and the challenges he sees for journalism in the digital age.

From bestselling writer Isaacson comes a selective collection of great leaders, creative thinkers, and heroes of a. .

From bestselling writer Isaacson comes a selective collection of great leaders, creative thinkers, and heroes of a hurricane that illustrates his passage from school to journalist to illustrious biographer. Some are almost too glib or trite to be taken seriously, but a few were interesting, including those on Bill Gates and James Baker. I do wish, though, that he had kept to the biographical sketches and left out the last section of the book, which meandered off to discuss other things. JBD1, January 4, 2014.

In this collection of essays, Walter Isaacson reflects on the lessons to be learned from Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton, and various other larger-than-life characters he has chronicled as a biographer and a journalist.

Isaacson reflects on how he became a writer, the lessons he learned from various people he met, and the challenges he sees for journalism in the digital age. He offers loving tributes to his hometown of New Orleans, which both before and after Hurricane Katrina offered many of the ingredients for a creative culture, and to the Louisiana novelist Walker Percy, who was an early mentor.


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Walter Isaacson is a gifted writer with an excellent worldview. His biographies of Franklin and Einstein are among my favorite books.

This book is a collection of first rate essays and articles covering an array of American political and creative leaders as well as some thoughts on journalism and its future. The essays were written over a span of several decades, so in addition to the actual essays, each contains a foreword by the author to put it into current perspective.

All of the essays are good, but some are more interesting than others. Isaacson is clearly infatuated with Einstein, so Einstein gets more than his share of coverage in this collection. Very interesting and deserving material though.

My favorite was the piece on Bill Gates. Longer than most, it gives the reader a real feel for who Gates is and how he is wired. The essay addresses his many incredible strengths as well as some of his flaws. The eulogy for George Plimpton was also especially good.

I was particularly interested in the book's introduction in which the author explains his own background and how he got from New Orleans to Harvard to the editorship of Time and Chairmanship of CNN. Good stuff!!
Bladecliff
Walter Isaacson is a giant among the journalists, biographers, and creative thinkers of our generation. He has had a distinguished career as superb journalist and then editor of TIME, chairman and CEO of CNN, and then, since 2003, president and CEO of the Aspin Institute. These had provided Isaacson a unique opportunity to observe and write about many important issues and personalities. A Rhodes Scholar, he has written masterful biographies of Henry Kissinger, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, and Steve Jobs.

I first 'discovered" Isaacson with THE WISE MEN: SIX FRIENDS AND THE WORLD THEY MADE (1986), co-authored with Evan Thomas. I related this to the public-service era of lord lieutenants in 18th century England. It also provided me a paradigm with which to understand other historical periods. Wilson's foreign policy could best be grasped within the context of the Wilson-House-Lansing triumvirate. Ambassador Warren Zimmerman, in FIRST GREAT TRIUMPH: HOW FIVE AMERICANS MADE THEIR COUNTRY A WORLD POWER, employed the Isaacson technique to describe the influence of Roosevelt-Lodge-Hays-Root-Mahan on expansionist U. S. foreign policy.

Isaacson is a marvelous storyteller whose forte is crafting a story through personalities. In awe of David McCullough's "glorious narratives," often he would revisit the rhythm and telling details of McCullough's narratives and then endeavor to follow in his footsteps. My favorite McCullough book is BRAVE COMPANIONS,17 marvelous vignettes of major and minor personalities. AMERICAN SKETCHES: GREAT LEADERS, CREATIVE THINKERS, AND HEROES OF A HURRICANE is my favorite Isaacson book.

AMERICAN SKETCHES is a wide-ranging series of essays that captured the vastness of Isaacson's interests and insights. His commentaries on McGeorge Bundy, Henry Kissinger, James Baker, Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell, George Tenet, Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Bill and Hillary Clinton have a freshness that made them a delight to read decades after they had been written Moreover, they provide a marvelous perspective into historical periods that have been dimmed by the passage of time.

The essence of his Franklin and Einstein biographies were included in essays that bring alive both their personalities and the periods in which they lived. With Einstein, Isaacson displayed an astounding ability to describe Einstein's remarkable scientific discoveries in layman's language.Isaacson became intrigued by the nature of creative thinking and, especially, the process of innovation. He was struck by Einstein's comment "imagination is more important than knowledge." He continued his innovation quest in expansive interviews with Bill Gates and Andrew Grove. His subsequent book, STEVE JOBS, was a culmination of this personal digital spelunking.

Isaacson, a great humanist, expanded his focus into THE BIOTECH AGE, which he saw as integral to the 21st century. His articles about medicine and science provided the groundwork for his forthcoming book THE INNOVATORS: HOW A GROUP OF INVENTORS, GENIUSES, AND GEEKS CREATED THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION.

Harking back to his early journalist career, Isaacson wrote about the changes he foresaw in the process of gathering and delivering information. Many of his late 20th century predictions seem spot on more than a decade later. Isaacson's roots were in New Orleans. He described why this was a special city to him and wrote about his post-Katrina involvement to restore New Orleans to its past grandeur.

AMERICAN SKETCHES is a marvelous page turner for anyone who:
* seeks to relive contemporary history through personalities of that period;
* would like to capture the essence of Franklin and Einstein; and
* would enjoy a masterful layman's introduction to the digital and biotech age.

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HyderCraft
Hillary Clinton? She certainly isn't a leader, not a creative thinker.....did she survive a hurricane? Maybe the hurricane hit Bosnia the same time she was under fire? PFFFT, stick to facts Mr. Isaacson. She doesn't deserve to be on ANY book cover. She shouldn't even be allowed to run for president. She is a liar and should be in jail for having classified information on an unclassifited system. Eight years a Navy cryptologist, I know what I'm talking about.
Elildelm
Not knowing much about this book but having read Walter Isaacon's marvelous biography of Benjamin Franklin, I purchased this out of interest in the topic: American leadership and historical events. American Sketches is a kind of tapestry of successful people, their lives, their contributions, their idiosyncrasies, and their role in shaping our country and our culture. Told in a series of journalistic style essays, the book has a simmering energy and grace that makes each chapter both independent and connected to an overriding theme of optimism, progress, and tolerance.

The people he examines include Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Bill Clinton, John Adams, Henry Kissinger, Bill Gates, Colin Powell, Ronald Reagan, George Plimpton, and many others. Asides about Walker Percy, Gorbachev, Henry Grunwald, and different political figures add to an already fascinating book, a book that demonstrates the power of American ingenuity, tenacity, and intellect. Each essay contains a pearl of wisdom blended with great perception and historical information on the person being discussed. This makes for a reading experience that feels like relaxed story-telling but is inadvertently and vastly educational. Since it is all factual and biographical, American Sketches is a study in personal excellence, charisma, and individual charm. As the book comes to a close, we read an inspiring series of articles on Louisiana and its commitment to overcoming the tragedy of Katrina. One of most entertaining chapters is the transcript of the Woody Allen interview.

The writing style is journalistic by experienced editor and author Walter Isaacson, a master of the genre and an ideal choice for a book of this type. His prose is accessible without being folksy, concise without excessive truncation, yet intellectual without falling into the bourgeoisie trappings of elitism. The book has stylized writing that remains informative and energetic regardless of the topic. Most importantly is the remarkable ability to teach without sounding preachy and to inform without being pedantic. Embracing the historical lessons of the past and recognizing the amazing advances of the technological world of today, the author weaves a broad philosophical spirit through the achievements of individuals.

Readers need to know that some of the information within the book is available from other sources--biographies, Time magazine--and that there is some redundancy particularly in the Einstein chapters. In addition, the emphases on tolerance and general acceptance could be interpreted by some as being somewhat liberal, making a few readers categorize the book as a liberal expression of the current political media.

Aside from these possible criticisms, it is an entertaining read highly recommended for anyone interested in American leadership, personality dissection of famous people, and the contributions that make our lives complete today. Regrettably the book is rather brief and avoids an indepth look at the leaders being portrayed. Yet this very quality makes it a nice overview of our country's history and the leaders that have made a difference. His reminder near the end of the book serves as good practice for everyone: "And because there are still a few streets to cross, remember to hold hands and look both ways."