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Leonardo Da Vinci Hardcover – 17 Oct 2017
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"As always, [Isaacson] writes with a strongly synthesizing intelligence across a tremendous range; the result is a valuable introduction to a complex subject. . . . Beneath its diligent research, the book is a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it. . . . Most important, Isaacson tells a powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life."
--The New Yorker
"To read this magnificent biography of Leonardo da Vinci is to take a tour through the life and works of one of the most extraordinary human beings of all time and in the company of the most engaging, informed, and insightful guide imaginable. Walter Isaacson is at once a true scholar and a spellbinding writer. And what a wealth of lessons there are to be learned in these pages."
--David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Wright Brothers and 1776
"Majestic . . . Isaacson takes on another complex, giant figure and transforms him into someone we can recognize. . . . Totally enthralling, masterful, and passionate."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Illuminating . . . This is a monumental tribute to a titanic figure."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Encompassing in its coverage, robust in its artistic explanations, yet written in a smart, conversational tone, this is both a solid introduction to the man and a sweeping saga of his genius."
--Booklist, starred review
"A fresh and enthusiastic reading of the extraordinary da Vinci notebooks, written in a way that makes them both accessible and contemporary. Absorbing, enlightening and always engaging."
--Miranda Seymour, author of Mary Shelley
"Isaacson's essential subject is the singular life of brilliance. . . . Isaacson deftly reveals an intimate Leonardo . . . a masterpiece of concision."
--San Francisco Chronicle
"He comes to life in all his remarkable brilliance and oddity in Walter Isaacson's ambitious new biography . . . a vigorous, insightful portrait of the world's most famous portraitist...Isaacson's purpose is a thorough synthesis, which he achieves with flair."
--The Washington Post
"Walter Isaacson is a renaissance man. . . . Rather like Leonardo, he's driven by a joyful desire to discover. That joy bubbles forth in this magnificent book. In Isaacson, Leonardo gets the biographer he deserves--an author capable of comprehending his often frenetic, frequently weird quest to understand. This is not just a joyful book; it's also a joy to behold. . . . Isaacson deserves immense praise for producing a very human portrait of a genius."
--The Times of London
"Monumental . . . Leonardo led an astonishingly interesting eventful life. And Isaacson brilliantly captures its essence."
--The Toronto Star
About the Author
Walter Isaacson, University Professor of History at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chairman of CNN, and editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Leonardo da Vinci; The Innovators; Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. Facebook: Walter Isaacson, Twitter: @WalterIsaacson
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As a definitive work on Da Vinci this is a hugely impressive feat
It captures not just his life, but the essence of how he thought and his inquisitive nature that set him apart
This book has given me a much greater understanding for who he was, the multi disciplined creative vibe in Florence and Rome at the time - as well as - a deeper appreciation of art
It is a lengthy book and hard going at times
Do I think the essence could be distilled into something much much shorter - yes
You could trim 150 pages, lose nothing and end up with a more concentrated product
It’s a triple album that’s impressive in its grandeur and the amount of research that went in to it. Reading all his diaries etc
Did it leave a lasting impression - yes
Did I enjoy it - sometimes
Did I look forward to finishing it and find it a bit arduous at other times - yes :-)
Having always heard about Da Vinci and seeing the highlights of his work, I was interested to learn more about the man himself. Isaacson does an incredible job tracing his path from Vinci to Florence, and all over Italy providing interesting, but a grounded hypothesis to explain parts that might be missing.
He paints a picture of a troubled genius that has problems both of his own making and due to unfortunate circumstance, nevertheless his life is incredible, and his achievements seem even more so now.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone that wants to know more about the man that encompasses his achievements.
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