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The Resource American sketches : great leaders, creative thinkers, and heroes of a hurricane, Walter Isaacson

American sketches : great leaders, creative thinkers, and heroes of a hurricane, Walter Isaacson

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American sketches : great leaders, creative thinkers, and heroes of a hurricane
Title
American sketches
Title remainder
great leaders, creative thinkers, and heroes of a hurricane
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Walter Isaacson
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • What are the roots of creativity? What makes for great leadership? How do influential people end up rippling the surface of history? In this collection of essays, the author reflects on the lessons to be learned from Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, Hillary Clinton 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. He 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. He describes the joys of the "so-called writing life" and the way that tales about the lives of fascinating people can enlighten our own lives
  • 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 Clinton and Bill Clinton, and various other interesting characters he has chronicled as a biographer and journalist. Isaacson also describes the joys of the "so-called writing life" and the challenges he sees for journalism in the digital age
Biography type
contains biographical information
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DLC
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Isaacson, Walter
Dewey number
973.09/9
Index
no index present
LC call number
E176
LC item number
.I8 2009
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Biographers
  • Biographers
  • Isaacson, Walter
  • United States
  • United States
Label
American sketches : great leaders, creative thinkers, and heroes of a hurricane, Walter Isaacson
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Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: My so-called writing life -- 1. FRANKLIN AND OTHER FOUNDERS. Franklin and the art of leadership -- God of our fathers -- The opinions of mankind -- Best supporting actor -- A delicate balance -- 2. STATECRAFTERS. McGeorge Bundy, the brightest -- Kissinger and the roots of realism -- He's back! -- Kissinger reappraised -- James Baker, wise man? -- Madeleine's war -- Colin Powell, the good soldier -- George Tenet and the instinct to please -- 3. REAGAN AND GORBACHEV. We meet again -- The Gorbachev challenge -- Yes, he's for real -- Figuring out Ronnie -- 4. THE CLINTONS. Fighting words -- I'm okay, you're okay -- 5. ALBERT EINSTEIN. Einstein's God -- Creative thinker -- A new way to view science -- Einstein and the bomb -- Einstein's final quest -- 6. THE AGE OF TECHNOLOGY. In search of the real Bill Gates -- The passion of Andrew Grove -- Our century and the next one -- The Biotech Age -- Person of the century -- 7. JOURNALISM. Luce's values, then and now -- Henry Grunwald -- Maynard Parker -- George Plimpton -- A bold, old idea for saving Journalism -- 8. INTERLUDE: Woody Allen's heart wants what it wants -- 9. NEW ORLEANS, MON AMOUR. Green trees -- How to bring the magic back -- EPILOGUE: The future restored
Control code
429024755
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
Extent
xi, 285 pages
Isbn
9781439183458
Isbn Type
(ebk.)
Lccn
2009041675
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)429024755
Label
American sketches : great leaders, creative thinkers, and heroes of a hurricane, Walter Isaacson
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: My so-called writing life -- 1. FRANKLIN AND OTHER FOUNDERS. Franklin and the art of leadership -- God of our fathers -- The opinions of mankind -- Best supporting actor -- A delicate balance -- 2. STATECRAFTERS. McGeorge Bundy, the brightest -- Kissinger and the roots of realism -- He's back! -- Kissinger reappraised -- James Baker, wise man? -- Madeleine's war -- Colin Powell, the good soldier -- George Tenet and the instinct to please -- 3. REAGAN AND GORBACHEV. We meet again -- The Gorbachev challenge -- Yes, he's for real -- Figuring out Ronnie -- 4. THE CLINTONS. Fighting words -- I'm okay, you're okay -- 5. ALBERT EINSTEIN. Einstein's God -- Creative thinker -- A new way to view science -- Einstein and the bomb -- Einstein's final quest -- 6. THE AGE OF TECHNOLOGY. In search of the real Bill Gates -- The passion of Andrew Grove -- Our century and the next one -- The Biotech Age -- Person of the century -- 7. JOURNALISM. Luce's values, then and now -- Henry Grunwald -- Maynard Parker -- George Plimpton -- A bold, old idea for saving Journalism -- 8. INTERLUDE: Woody Allen's heart wants what it wants -- 9. NEW ORLEANS, MON AMOUR. Green trees -- How to bring the magic back -- EPILOGUE: The future restored
Control code
429024755
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed.
Extent
xi, 285 pages
Isbn
9781439183458
Isbn Type
(ebk.)
Lccn
2009041675
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)429024755

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