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.
His new 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 Reviewssays of The Innovators, “A panoramic history of technological revolution….Walter 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 will be in theatres on October 9, 2015. Isaacson is also 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.
He is chair emeritus of Teach for America, which recruits recent college graduates to teach in underserved communities. From 2005-2007 he was the vice-chair of the Louisiana Recovery Authority, which oversaw the rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. He was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate to serve as the chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, which runs Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and other international broadcasts of the United States, a position he held from 2009 to 2012. He is on the board of United Airlines, Tulane University, the Overseers of Harvard University, the New Orleans Tricentennial Commission, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Society of American Historians, and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.
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.