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Based on his best-selling book, Steve Jobs, Isaacson shares with audiences the 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. At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the 21st century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering. Isaacson takes audiences on the journey over the past two years in writing the book and the story about the man himself which is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership and values. Jobs put nothing off limits for Isaacson when working on the book, encouraging the people he knew to speak honestly, and speaks candidly himself, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes and colleagues provided Isaacson an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry and compulsion for control that shaped Jobs’ approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.
What secrets do history’s luminaries share? Esteemed author Walter Isaacson—who was given exclusive and unprecedented access to the subject of his most recent book, 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.
- Ben Franklin and America's Virtues
- Einstein - His Life and Universe
- The Media and American Culture
Best-selling author and highly acclaimed journalist, Isaacson gives voice to the historical figures and business icons who have shaped and transformed our nation and the world.
As 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. Isaacson spent two years working on the only authorized biography of Apple Co-founder, Steve Jobs, titled Steve Jobs (October 2011). Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written or even the right to read it before his death in October 2011. Jobs put nothing off limits and encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly to Isaacson. 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. Sony Pictures optioned the book rights and legendary, Oscar-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin has been tapped to adapt the book for the big screen. Isaacson is also known for giving voice to America’s historical figures and how the lessons they imparted still apply to 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. In addition to sharing with audiences the amazing life of Steve Jobs and how he changed the worlds of technology and business, Isaacson 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.