Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo?s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo?s genius was based on The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to l...

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Title:Leonardo da Vinci
Author:Walter Isaacson
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Genres:Biography
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Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:600 pages pages

Leonardo da Vinci Reviews

  • Grumpus
    Jan 28, 2018

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...

    The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one liste...

    ?he never finished any of the works he began because, so sublime was his idea of art, he saw faults even in the things that to others seemed miracles.? ? Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci This was an interesting biography, and an interesting approach, but it just wasn'...

    Honestly, I preferred Serge Bramly's 1991 Da Vinci biography to this one by Isaacson. I read (and reviewed here on GR) his biographies of Einstein and Ben Franklin, and found them both really good. In the present work, the author is way too present in my opinion and pitches his Steve J...

    If you like a little psychology with your history, this is a book for you! It gives you a wonderful insight into the mind of one of the most fascinating men in human history. Da Vinci was quite the character. A bit enigmatic and mercurial. It was a delight learning more about his perso...

    This is the third book that I have read of Walter Isaacson. The first one, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, was fantastic. The second one, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution was not as interesting to me. Now this book, about Le...

    Unlike many readers of this book who were well acquainted with Walter Isaacson and loved his previous works, I picked this biography being quite sceptical and absolutely unaware of how Isaacson approaches his subjects. His bibliography looks like a very impressive collection of genii o...

    Walter Isaacson never makes Leonardo out to be anymore more than a human being. He points out that art history can often descend into hagiography, especially when it comes to its greatest minds. Both Vasari and Kenneth Clark placed Leonardo on a god-like pedestal, untouched by any othe...

    Thank you, Net Galley for the opportunity to review this book --- as people who follow me know, I do not regurgitate what the book is about as that is what the description from the author and publisher at the top of the page are for. This book is very well written. This book is ver...

    There is plenty to learn here about Leonardo DaVinci, and his art, its histories unravelled, codexes explained in ways, and the story of the process and people in the art work. Detail, details meticulously written by the author, almost with obsession like mastery and a hugely accessib...

    Walter is a storyteller....If you have read his other bios, you already know this. Same situation here...but I must warn you....Leonardo was a very complicated man....a genius in his art....kept copious notes about everything he thought, felt, and dreamed about....he was a scientist,wa...

    Walter Isaacson?s Leonardo da Vinci is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. It is a 600 page-long biography which I read in a hardcover version so heavy it could probably shatter some bones if I dropped it on my foot. The pages are made of thick, glossy paper, and t...

    Walter Isaacson has delivered an immensely readable, detailed and thoughtful biography on Leonardo DaVinci. With many pictures and sketches from DaVinci, the reader is really able to experience the richness of DaVinci?s talent as his extraordinary life story is told. And a story this...

    The reason Leonardo has appealed to me is because I?m immensely charmed by the idea of a Renaissance Man, men who make no distinction between science and art, men who believe that the ?infinite works of nature? are woven together in a unity filled with marvelous patterns. That?...

    I love Walter Isaacsons biographies, they are always engaging, never dry, and I learn so much while being thoroughly entertained because it reads more like a novel many times rather than a dry non-fiction feel to it. Leonardo is obviously one of the most world renown artists ever bo...

    "Leonardo went from seeking knowledge that could be of practical use and began seeking knowledge for its own sake, out of pure curiosity and joy" A magnificent and fascinating read of the life and times of one of the most brilliant human beings that ever lived. Walter Isaacson's sta...

    Simply?brilliant. ...

    I don?t have a lot to say about this [edit: coming back after my draft, I see I was mistaken], but in keeping with my New Year?s resolution to put down into words something about each book I read this year, here are my rambling thoughts. First off, I heeded Chrissie?s advice, ...

  • David
    Aug 08, 2018

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...

    The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one liste...

    ?he never finished any of the works he began because, so sublime was his idea of art, he saw faults even in the things that to others seemed miracles.? ? Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci This was an interesting biography, and an interesting approach, but it just wasn'...

    Honestly, I preferred Serge Bramly's 1991 Da Vinci biography to this one by Isaacson. I read (and reviewed here on GR) his biographies of Einstein and Ben Franklin, and found them both really good. In the present work, the author is way too present in my opinion and pitches his Steve J...

    If you like a little psychology with your history, this is a book for you! It gives you a wonderful insight into the mind of one of the most fascinating men in human history. Da Vinci was quite the character. A bit enigmatic and mercurial. It was a delight learning more about his perso...

    This is the third book that I have read of Walter Isaacson. The first one, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, was fantastic. The second one, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution was not as interesting to me. Now this book, about Le...

  • Chrissie
    Nov 12, 2017

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...

    The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one liste...

  • ♥ Ibrahim ♥
    Mar 20, 2018

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...

    The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one liste...

    ?he never finished any of the works he began because, so sublime was his idea of art, he saw faults even in the things that to others seemed miracles.? ? Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci This was an interesting biography, and an interesting approach, but it just wasn'...

    Honestly, I preferred Serge Bramly's 1991 Da Vinci biography to this one by Isaacson. I read (and reviewed here on GR) his biographies of Einstein and Ben Franklin, and found them both really good. In the present work, the author is way too present in my opinion and pitches his Steve J...

    If you like a little psychology with your history, this is a book for you! It gives you a wonderful insight into the mind of one of the most fascinating men in human history. Da Vinci was quite the character. A bit enigmatic and mercurial. It was a delight learning more about his perso...

    This is the third book that I have read of Walter Isaacson. The first one, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, was fantastic. The second one, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution was not as interesting to me. Now this book, about Le...

    Unlike many readers of this book who were well acquainted with Walter Isaacson and loved his previous works, I picked this biography being quite sceptical and absolutely unaware of how Isaacson approaches his subjects. His bibliography looks like a very impressive collection of genii o...

    Walter Isaacson never makes Leonardo out to be anymore more than a human being. He points out that art history can often descend into hagiography, especially when it comes to its greatest minds. Both Vasari and Kenneth Clark placed Leonardo on a god-like pedestal, untouched by any othe...

    Thank you, Net Galley for the opportunity to review this book --- as people who follow me know, I do not regurgitate what the book is about as that is what the description from the author and publisher at the top of the page are for. This book is very well written. This book is ver...

    There is plenty to learn here about Leonardo DaVinci, and his art, its histories unravelled, codexes explained in ways, and the story of the process and people in the art work. Detail, details meticulously written by the author, almost with obsession like mastery and a hugely accessib...

    Walter is a storyteller....If you have read his other bios, you already know this. Same situation here...but I must warn you....Leonardo was a very complicated man....a genius in his art....kept copious notes about everything he thought, felt, and dreamed about....he was a scientist,wa...

    Walter Isaacson?s Leonardo da Vinci is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. It is a 600 page-long biography which I read in a hardcover version so heavy it could probably shatter some bones if I dropped it on my foot. The pages are made of thick, glossy paper, and t...

    Walter Isaacson has delivered an immensely readable, detailed and thoughtful biography on Leonardo DaVinci. With many pictures and sketches from DaVinci, the reader is really able to experience the richness of DaVinci?s talent as his extraordinary life story is told. And a story this...

    The reason Leonardo has appealed to me is because I?m immensely charmed by the idea of a Renaissance Man, men who make no distinction between science and art, men who believe that the ?infinite works of nature? are woven together in a unity filled with marvelous patterns. That?...

  • Tony
    Nov 24, 2017

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...

    The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one liste...

    ?he never finished any of the works he began because, so sublime was his idea of art, he saw faults even in the things that to others seemed miracles.? ? Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci This was an interesting biography, and an interesting approach, but it just wasn'...

    Honestly, I preferred Serge Bramly's 1991 Da Vinci biography to this one by Isaacson. I read (and reviewed here on GR) his biographies of Einstein and Ben Franklin, and found them both really good. In the present work, the author is way too present in my opinion and pitches his Steve J...

    If you like a little psychology with your history, this is a book for you! It gives you a wonderful insight into the mind of one of the most fascinating men in human history. Da Vinci was quite the character. A bit enigmatic and mercurial. It was a delight learning more about his perso...

    This is the third book that I have read of Walter Isaacson. The first one, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, was fantastic. The second one, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution was not as interesting to me. Now this book, about Le...

    Unlike many readers of this book who were well acquainted with Walter Isaacson and loved his previous works, I picked this biography being quite sceptical and absolutely unaware of how Isaacson approaches his subjects. His bibliography looks like a very impressive collection of genii o...

    Walter Isaacson never makes Leonardo out to be anymore more than a human being. He points out that art history can often descend into hagiography, especially when it comes to its greatest minds. Both Vasari and Kenneth Clark placed Leonardo on a god-like pedestal, untouched by any othe...

    Thank you, Net Galley for the opportunity to review this book --- as people who follow me know, I do not regurgitate what the book is about as that is what the description from the author and publisher at the top of the page are for. This book is very well written. This book is ver...

    There is plenty to learn here about Leonardo DaVinci, and his art, its histories unravelled, codexes explained in ways, and the story of the process and people in the art work. Detail, details meticulously written by the author, almost with obsession like mastery and a hugely accessib...

    Walter is a storyteller....If you have read his other bios, you already know this. Same situation here...but I must warn you....Leonardo was a very complicated man....a genius in his art....kept copious notes about everything he thought, felt, and dreamed about....he was a scientist,wa...

    Walter Isaacson?s Leonardo da Vinci is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. It is a 600 page-long biography which I read in a hardcover version so heavy it could probably shatter some bones if I dropped it on my foot. The pages are made of thick, glossy paper, and t...

    Walter Isaacson has delivered an immensely readable, detailed and thoughtful biography on Leonardo DaVinci. With many pictures and sketches from DaVinci, the reader is really able to experience the richness of DaVinci?s talent as his extraordinary life story is told. And a story this...

    The reason Leonardo has appealed to me is because I?m immensely charmed by the idea of a Renaissance Man, men who make no distinction between science and art, men who believe that the ?infinite works of nature? are woven together in a unity filled with marvelous patterns. That?...

    I love Walter Isaacsons biographies, they are always engaging, never dry, and I learn so much while being thoroughly entertained because it reads more like a novel many times rather than a dry non-fiction feel to it. Leonardo is obviously one of the most world renown artists ever bo...

    "Leonardo went from seeking knowledge that could be of practical use and began seeking knowledge for its own sake, out of pure curiosity and joy" A magnificent and fascinating read of the life and times of one of the most brilliant human beings that ever lived. Walter Isaacson's sta...

    Simply?brilliant. ...

    I don?t have a lot to say about this [edit: coming back after my draft, I see I was mistaken], but in keeping with my New Year?s resolution to put down into words something about each book I read this year, here are my rambling thoughts. First off, I heeded Chrissie?s advice, ...

    Much of my review agrees with that stated by Netta in her review (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...), though she writes it much more eloquently. Walter Isaacson presents the biography of Leonardo da Vinci, whose every action is so divine, that, surpassing all other men, it ma...

    LEONARDO DA VINCI. (2017). Walter Isaacson. ****1/2. The first thing I?d like to share is that you needn?t be afraid of the size of this book. It runs to 525 pages, plus notes and index. With my experience of reading other Isaacon?s books (?Ben Franklin,? and ?Einstein?)...

  • Gary
    Nov 21, 2017

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...

    The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one liste...

    ?he never finished any of the works he began because, so sublime was his idea of art, he saw faults even in the things that to others seemed miracles.? ? Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci This was an interesting biography, and an interesting approach, but it just wasn'...

    Honestly, I preferred Serge Bramly's 1991 Da Vinci biography to this one by Isaacson. I read (and reviewed here on GR) his biographies of Einstein and Ben Franklin, and found them both really good. In the present work, the author is way too present in my opinion and pitches his Steve J...

    If you like a little psychology with your history, this is a book for you! It gives you a wonderful insight into the mind of one of the most fascinating men in human history. Da Vinci was quite the character. A bit enigmatic and mercurial. It was a delight learning more about his perso...

    This is the third book that I have read of Walter Isaacson. The first one, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, was fantastic. The second one, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution was not as interesting to me. Now this book, about Le...

    Unlike many readers of this book who were well acquainted with Walter Isaacson and loved his previous works, I picked this biography being quite sceptical and absolutely unaware of how Isaacson approaches his subjects. His bibliography looks like a very impressive collection of genii o...

    Walter Isaacson never makes Leonardo out to be anymore more than a human being. He points out that art history can often descend into hagiography, especially when it comes to its greatest minds. Both Vasari and Kenneth Clark placed Leonardo on a god-like pedestal, untouched by any othe...

    Thank you, Net Galley for the opportunity to review this book --- as people who follow me know, I do not regurgitate what the book is about as that is what the description from the author and publisher at the top of the page are for. This book is very well written. This book is ver...

    There is plenty to learn here about Leonardo DaVinci, and his art, its histories unravelled, codexes explained in ways, and the story of the process and people in the art work. Detail, details meticulously written by the author, almost with obsession like mastery and a hugely accessib...

    Walter is a storyteller....If you have read his other bios, you already know this. Same situation here...but I must warn you....Leonardo was a very complicated man....a genius in his art....kept copious notes about everything he thought, felt, and dreamed about....he was a scientist,wa...

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Oct 22, 2017

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

  • Lou
    Oct 19, 2017

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...

    The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one liste...

    ?he never finished any of the works he began because, so sublime was his idea of art, he saw faults even in the things that to others seemed miracles.? ? Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci This was an interesting biography, and an interesting approach, but it just wasn'...

    Honestly, I preferred Serge Bramly's 1991 Da Vinci biography to this one by Isaacson. I read (and reviewed here on GR) his biographies of Einstein and Ben Franklin, and found them both really good. In the present work, the author is way too present in my opinion and pitches his Steve J...

    If you like a little psychology with your history, this is a book for you! It gives you a wonderful insight into the mind of one of the most fascinating men in human history. Da Vinci was quite the character. A bit enigmatic and mercurial. It was a delight learning more about his perso...

    This is the third book that I have read of Walter Isaacson. The first one, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, was fantastic. The second one, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution was not as interesting to me. Now this book, about Le...

    Unlike many readers of this book who were well acquainted with Walter Isaacson and loved his previous works, I picked this biography being quite sceptical and absolutely unaware of how Isaacson approaches his subjects. His bibliography looks like a very impressive collection of genii o...

    Walter Isaacson never makes Leonardo out to be anymore more than a human being. He points out that art history can often descend into hagiography, especially when it comes to its greatest minds. Both Vasari and Kenneth Clark placed Leonardo on a god-like pedestal, untouched by any othe...

    Thank you, Net Galley for the opportunity to review this book --- as people who follow me know, I do not regurgitate what the book is about as that is what the description from the author and publisher at the top of the page are for. This book is very well written. This book is ver...

    There is plenty to learn here about Leonardo DaVinci, and his art, its histories unravelled, codexes explained in ways, and the story of the process and people in the art work. Detail, details meticulously written by the author, almost with obsession like mastery and a hugely accessib...

  • Barry Pierce
    Feb 06, 2018

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...

    The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one liste...

    ?he never finished any of the works he began because, so sublime was his idea of art, he saw faults even in the things that to others seemed miracles.? ? Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci This was an interesting biography, and an interesting approach, but it just wasn'...

    Honestly, I preferred Serge Bramly's 1991 Da Vinci biography to this one by Isaacson. I read (and reviewed here on GR) his biographies of Einstein and Ben Franklin, and found them both really good. In the present work, the author is way too present in my opinion and pitches his Steve J...

    If you like a little psychology with your history, this is a book for you! It gives you a wonderful insight into the mind of one of the most fascinating men in human history. Da Vinci was quite the character. A bit enigmatic and mercurial. It was a delight learning more about his perso...

    This is the third book that I have read of Walter Isaacson. The first one, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, was fantastic. The second one, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution was not as interesting to me. Now this book, about Le...

    Unlike many readers of this book who were well acquainted with Walter Isaacson and loved his previous works, I picked this biography being quite sceptical and absolutely unaware of how Isaacson approaches his subjects. His bibliography looks like a very impressive collection of genii o...

    Walter Isaacson never makes Leonardo out to be anymore more than a human being. He points out that art history can often descend into hagiography, especially when it comes to its greatest minds. Both Vasari and Kenneth Clark placed Leonardo on a god-like pedestal, untouched by any othe...

  • Carolyn
    Oct 20, 2017

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...

    The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one liste...

    ?he never finished any of the works he began because, so sublime was his idea of art, he saw faults even in the things that to others seemed miracles.? ? Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci This was an interesting biography, and an interesting approach, but it just wasn'...

    Honestly, I preferred Serge Bramly's 1991 Da Vinci biography to this one by Isaacson. I read (and reviewed here on GR) his biographies of Einstein and Ben Franklin, and found them both really good. In the present work, the author is way too present in my opinion and pitches his Steve J...

    If you like a little psychology with your history, this is a book for you! It gives you a wonderful insight into the mind of one of the most fascinating men in human history. Da Vinci was quite the character. A bit enigmatic and mercurial. It was a delight learning more about his perso...

    This is the third book that I have read of Walter Isaacson. The first one, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, was fantastic. The second one, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution was not as interesting to me. Now this book, about Le...

    Unlike many readers of this book who were well acquainted with Walter Isaacson and loved his previous works, I picked this biography being quite sceptical and absolutely unaware of how Isaacson approaches his subjects. His bibliography looks like a very impressive collection of genii o...

    Walter Isaacson never makes Leonardo out to be anymore more than a human being. He points out that art history can often descend into hagiography, especially when it comes to its greatest minds. Both Vasari and Kenneth Clark placed Leonardo on a god-like pedestal, untouched by any othe...

    Thank you, Net Galley for the opportunity to review this book --- as people who follow me know, I do not regurgitate what the book is about as that is what the description from the author and publisher at the top of the page are for. This book is very well written. This book is ver...

    There is plenty to learn here about Leonardo DaVinci, and his art, its histories unravelled, codexes explained in ways, and the story of the process and people in the art work. Detail, details meticulously written by the author, almost with obsession like mastery and a hugely accessib...

    Walter is a storyteller....If you have read his other bios, you already know this. Same situation here...but I must warn you....Leonardo was a very complicated man....a genius in his art....kept copious notes about everything he thought, felt, and dreamed about....he was a scientist,wa...

    Walter Isaacson?s Leonardo da Vinci is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. It is a 600 page-long biography which I read in a hardcover version so heavy it could probably shatter some bones if I dropped it on my foot. The pages are made of thick, glossy paper, and t...

    Walter Isaacson has delivered an immensely readable, detailed and thoughtful biography on Leonardo DaVinci. With many pictures and sketches from DaVinci, the reader is really able to experience the richness of DaVinci?s talent as his extraordinary life story is told. And a story this...

    The reason Leonardo has appealed to me is because I?m immensely charmed by the idea of a Renaissance Man, men who make no distinction between science and art, men who believe that the ?infinite works of nature? are woven together in a unity filled with marvelous patterns. That?...

    I love Walter Isaacsons biographies, they are always engaging, never dry, and I learn so much while being thoroughly entertained because it reads more like a novel many times rather than a dry non-fiction feel to it. Leonardo is obviously one of the most world renown artists ever bo...

    "Leonardo went from seeking knowledge that could be of practical use and began seeking knowledge for its own sake, out of pure curiosity and joy" A magnificent and fascinating read of the life and times of one of the most brilliant human beings that ever lived. Walter Isaacson's sta...

    Simply?brilliant. ...

    I don?t have a lot to say about this [edit: coming back after my draft, I see I was mistaken], but in keeping with my New Year?s resolution to put down into words something about each book I read this year, here are my rambling thoughts. First off, I heeded Chrissie?s advice, ...

    Much of my review agrees with that stated by Netta in her review (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...), though she writes it much more eloquently. Walter Isaacson presents the biography of Leonardo da Vinci, whose every action is so divine, that, surpassing all other men, it ma...

    LEONARDO DA VINCI. (2017). Walter Isaacson. ****1/2. The first thing I?d like to share is that you needn?t be afraid of the size of this book. It runs to 525 pages, plus notes and index. With my experience of reading other Isaacon?s books (?Ben Franklin,? and ?Einstein?)...

    I have read two of Isaacson's previous biographies (Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein). I particularly liked the Steve Jobs biography since the author was able to effectively get under his subject's skin due to his unique access to the subject. In the case of Leonardo da Vinci, Isaacson w...

    This book simply did not hold my interest, as there is too much idolatry and not enough analysis. Words, such as "wondrous," "brilliant", and "ingenious" should be used sparingly, even when discussing Leonardo da Vinci. Otherwise when something truly is wondrous, the reader will no lon...

    Marvelous. This life was magnificent beyond any telling for his unique and kind (but often rascally) genius of such multiple skills and talents of mind set into a time that was both cruel and beautiful. It's beyond my ability to describe Leonardo's scope. But the only star loss for...

    6 out of 5 :D ?? ??? ??????? ?????????? ???? ??? ????????? ????????? I believe he is one of the finest biographers of our time with uncompromising impenetrable passion for his books. ?? ?...

    A very accessible and lavishly illustrated biography of Leonardo. This is the only bio I have read directly on Leonardo but Isaacson does a good job of putting Leonardo's life in a fairly good context of his times. Well done. The artistic illustrations are worth the purchase of this bo...

    The Greatness of this man lies in his quirkiness!!; ...

    This book is masterfully written, lavishly illustrated, and a prime example of intensive research. I had read The author?s biography of Steve Jobs, and also the Innovators which showed how collaboration through the years has brought us to the present digital era. I knew some of ...

  • Matt
    Jan 19, 2018

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...

  • Joe
    Jun 12, 2017

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...

    The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one liste...

    ?he never finished any of the works he began because, so sublime was his idea of art, he saw faults even in the things that to others seemed miracles.? ? Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci This was an interesting biography, and an interesting approach, but it just wasn'...

    Honestly, I preferred Serge Bramly's 1991 Da Vinci biography to this one by Isaacson. I read (and reviewed here on GR) his biographies of Einstein and Ben Franklin, and found them both really good. In the present work, the author is way too present in my opinion and pitches his Steve J...

    If you like a little psychology with your history, this is a book for you! It gives you a wonderful insight into the mind of one of the most fascinating men in human history. Da Vinci was quite the character. A bit enigmatic and mercurial. It was a delight learning more about his perso...

    This is the third book that I have read of Walter Isaacson. The first one, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, was fantastic. The second one, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution was not as interesting to me. Now this book, about Le...

    Unlike many readers of this book who were well acquainted with Walter Isaacson and loved his previous works, I picked this biography being quite sceptical and absolutely unaware of how Isaacson approaches his subjects. His bibliography looks like a very impressive collection of genii o...

    Walter Isaacson never makes Leonardo out to be anymore more than a human being. He points out that art history can often descend into hagiography, especially when it comes to its greatest minds. Both Vasari and Kenneth Clark placed Leonardo on a god-like pedestal, untouched by any othe...

    Thank you, Net Galley for the opportunity to review this book --- as people who follow me know, I do not regurgitate what the book is about as that is what the description from the author and publisher at the top of the page are for. This book is very well written. This book is ver...

    There is plenty to learn here about Leonardo DaVinci, and his art, its histories unravelled, codexes explained in ways, and the story of the process and people in the art work. Detail, details meticulously written by the author, almost with obsession like mastery and a hugely accessib...

    Walter is a storyteller....If you have read his other bios, you already know this. Same situation here...but I must warn you....Leonardo was a very complicated man....a genius in his art....kept copious notes about everything he thought, felt, and dreamed about....he was a scientist,wa...

    Walter Isaacson?s Leonardo da Vinci is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. It is a 600 page-long biography which I read in a hardcover version so heavy it could probably shatter some bones if I dropped it on my foot. The pages are made of thick, glossy paper, and t...

    Walter Isaacson has delivered an immensely readable, detailed and thoughtful biography on Leonardo DaVinci. With many pictures and sketches from DaVinci, the reader is really able to experience the richness of DaVinci?s talent as his extraordinary life story is told. And a story this...

    The reason Leonardo has appealed to me is because I?m immensely charmed by the idea of a Renaissance Man, men who make no distinction between science and art, men who believe that the ?infinite works of nature? are woven together in a unity filled with marvelous patterns. That?...

    I love Walter Isaacsons biographies, they are always engaging, never dry, and I learn so much while being thoroughly entertained because it reads more like a novel many times rather than a dry non-fiction feel to it. Leonardo is obviously one of the most world renown artists ever bo...

    "Leonardo went from seeking knowledge that could be of practical use and began seeking knowledge for its own sake, out of pure curiosity and joy" A magnificent and fascinating read of the life and times of one of the most brilliant human beings that ever lived. Walter Isaacson's sta...

    Simply?brilliant. ...

    I don?t have a lot to say about this [edit: coming back after my draft, I see I was mistaken], but in keeping with my New Year?s resolution to put down into words something about each book I read this year, here are my rambling thoughts. First off, I heeded Chrissie?s advice, ...

    Much of my review agrees with that stated by Netta in her review (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...), though she writes it much more eloquently. Walter Isaacson presents the biography of Leonardo da Vinci, whose every action is so divine, that, surpassing all other men, it ma...

  • Janet
    Oct 12, 2017

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...

    The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one liste...

    ?he never finished any of the works he began because, so sublime was his idea of art, he saw faults even in the things that to others seemed miracles.? ? Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci This was an interesting biography, and an interesting approach, but it just wasn'...

    Honestly, I preferred Serge Bramly's 1991 Da Vinci biography to this one by Isaacson. I read (and reviewed here on GR) his biographies of Einstein and Ben Franklin, and found them both really good. In the present work, the author is way too present in my opinion and pitches his Steve J...

    If you like a little psychology with your history, this is a book for you! It gives you a wonderful insight into the mind of one of the most fascinating men in human history. Da Vinci was quite the character. A bit enigmatic and mercurial. It was a delight learning more about his perso...

    This is the third book that I have read of Walter Isaacson. The first one, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, was fantastic. The second one, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution was not as interesting to me. Now this book, about Le...

    Unlike many readers of this book who were well acquainted with Walter Isaacson and loved his previous works, I picked this biography being quite sceptical and absolutely unaware of how Isaacson approaches his subjects. His bibliography looks like a very impressive collection of genii o...

    Walter Isaacson never makes Leonardo out to be anymore more than a human being. He points out that art history can often descend into hagiography, especially when it comes to its greatest minds. Both Vasari and Kenneth Clark placed Leonardo on a god-like pedestal, untouched by any othe...

    Thank you, Net Galley for the opportunity to review this book --- as people who follow me know, I do not regurgitate what the book is about as that is what the description from the author and publisher at the top of the page are for. This book is very well written. This book is ver...

  • Jeanette
    Apr 04, 2018

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...

    The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one liste...

    ?he never finished any of the works he began because, so sublime was his idea of art, he saw faults even in the things that to others seemed miracles.? ? Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci This was an interesting biography, and an interesting approach, but it just wasn'...

    Honestly, I preferred Serge Bramly's 1991 Da Vinci biography to this one by Isaacson. I read (and reviewed here on GR) his biographies of Einstein and Ben Franklin, and found them both really good. In the present work, the author is way too present in my opinion and pitches his Steve J...

    If you like a little psychology with your history, this is a book for you! It gives you a wonderful insight into the mind of one of the most fascinating men in human history. Da Vinci was quite the character. A bit enigmatic and mercurial. It was a delight learning more about his perso...

    This is the third book that I have read of Walter Isaacson. The first one, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, was fantastic. The second one, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution was not as interesting to me. Now this book, about Le...

    Unlike many readers of this book who were well acquainted with Walter Isaacson and loved his previous works, I picked this biography being quite sceptical and absolutely unaware of how Isaacson approaches his subjects. His bibliography looks like a very impressive collection of genii o...

    Walter Isaacson never makes Leonardo out to be anymore more than a human being. He points out that art history can often descend into hagiography, especially when it comes to its greatest minds. Both Vasari and Kenneth Clark placed Leonardo on a god-like pedestal, untouched by any othe...

    Thank you, Net Galley for the opportunity to review this book --- as people who follow me know, I do not regurgitate what the book is about as that is what the description from the author and publisher at the top of the page are for. This book is very well written. This book is ver...

    There is plenty to learn here about Leonardo DaVinci, and his art, its histories unravelled, codexes explained in ways, and the story of the process and people in the art work. Detail, details meticulously written by the author, almost with obsession like mastery and a hugely accessib...

    Walter is a storyteller....If you have read his other bios, you already know this. Same situation here...but I must warn you....Leonardo was a very complicated man....a genius in his art....kept copious notes about everything he thought, felt, and dreamed about....he was a scientist,wa...

    Walter Isaacson?s Leonardo da Vinci is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. It is a 600 page-long biography which I read in a hardcover version so heavy it could probably shatter some bones if I dropped it on my foot. The pages are made of thick, glossy paper, and t...

    Walter Isaacson has delivered an immensely readable, detailed and thoughtful biography on Leonardo DaVinci. With many pictures and sketches from DaVinci, the reader is really able to experience the richness of DaVinci?s talent as his extraordinary life story is told. And a story this...

    The reason Leonardo has appealed to me is because I?m immensely charmed by the idea of a Renaissance Man, men who make no distinction between science and art, men who believe that the ?infinite works of nature? are woven together in a unity filled with marvelous patterns. That?...

    I love Walter Isaacsons biographies, they are always engaging, never dry, and I learn so much while being thoroughly entertained because it reads more like a novel many times rather than a dry non-fiction feel to it. Leonardo is obviously one of the most world renown artists ever bo...

    "Leonardo went from seeking knowledge that could be of practical use and began seeking knowledge for its own sake, out of pure curiosity and joy" A magnificent and fascinating read of the life and times of one of the most brilliant human beings that ever lived. Walter Isaacson's sta...

    Simply?brilliant. ...

    I don?t have a lot to say about this [edit: coming back after my draft, I see I was mistaken], but in keeping with my New Year?s resolution to put down into words something about each book I read this year, here are my rambling thoughts. First off, I heeded Chrissie?s advice, ...

    Much of my review agrees with that stated by Netta in her review (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...), though she writes it much more eloquently. Walter Isaacson presents the biography of Leonardo da Vinci, whose every action is so divine, that, surpassing all other men, it ma...

    LEONARDO DA VINCI. (2017). Walter Isaacson. ****1/2. The first thing I?d like to share is that you needn?t be afraid of the size of this book. It runs to 525 pages, plus notes and index. With my experience of reading other Isaacon?s books (?Ben Franklin,? and ?Einstein?)...

    I have read two of Isaacson's previous biographies (Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein). I particularly liked the Steve Jobs biography since the author was able to effectively get under his subject's skin due to his unique access to the subject. In the case of Leonardo da Vinci, Isaacson w...

    This book simply did not hold my interest, as there is too much idolatry and not enough analysis. Words, such as "wondrous," "brilliant", and "ingenious" should be used sparingly, even when discussing Leonardo da Vinci. Otherwise when something truly is wondrous, the reader will no lon...

    Marvelous. This life was magnificent beyond any telling for his unique and kind (but often rascally) genius of such multiple skills and talents of mind set into a time that was both cruel and beautiful. It's beyond my ability to describe Leonardo's scope. But the only star loss for...

  • Peter Mcloughlin
    Jun 22, 2018

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...

    The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one liste...

    ?he never finished any of the works he began because, so sublime was his idea of art, he saw faults even in the things that to others seemed miracles.? ? Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci This was an interesting biography, and an interesting approach, but it just wasn'...

    Honestly, I preferred Serge Bramly's 1991 Da Vinci biography to this one by Isaacson. I read (and reviewed here on GR) his biographies of Einstein and Ben Franklin, and found them both really good. In the present work, the author is way too present in my opinion and pitches his Steve J...

    If you like a little psychology with your history, this is a book for you! It gives you a wonderful insight into the mind of one of the most fascinating men in human history. Da Vinci was quite the character. A bit enigmatic and mercurial. It was a delight learning more about his perso...

    This is the third book that I have read of Walter Isaacson. The first one, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, was fantastic. The second one, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution was not as interesting to me. Now this book, about Le...

    Unlike many readers of this book who were well acquainted with Walter Isaacson and loved his previous works, I picked this biography being quite sceptical and absolutely unaware of how Isaacson approaches his subjects. His bibliography looks like a very impressive collection of genii o...

    Walter Isaacson never makes Leonardo out to be anymore more than a human being. He points out that art history can often descend into hagiography, especially when it comes to its greatest minds. Both Vasari and Kenneth Clark placed Leonardo on a god-like pedestal, untouched by any othe...

    Thank you, Net Galley for the opportunity to review this book --- as people who follow me know, I do not regurgitate what the book is about as that is what the description from the author and publisher at the top of the page are for. This book is very well written. This book is ver...

    There is plenty to learn here about Leonardo DaVinci, and his art, its histories unravelled, codexes explained in ways, and the story of the process and people in the art work. Detail, details meticulously written by the author, almost with obsession like mastery and a hugely accessib...

    Walter is a storyteller....If you have read his other bios, you already know this. Same situation here...but I must warn you....Leonardo was a very complicated man....a genius in his art....kept copious notes about everything he thought, felt, and dreamed about....he was a scientist,wa...

    Walter Isaacson?s Leonardo da Vinci is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. It is a 600 page-long biography which I read in a hardcover version so heavy it could probably shatter some bones if I dropped it on my foot. The pages are made of thick, glossy paper, and t...

    Walter Isaacson has delivered an immensely readable, detailed and thoughtful biography on Leonardo DaVinci. With many pictures and sketches from DaVinci, the reader is really able to experience the richness of DaVinci?s talent as his extraordinary life story is told. And a story this...

    The reason Leonardo has appealed to me is because I?m immensely charmed by the idea of a Renaissance Man, men who make no distinction between science and art, men who believe that the ?infinite works of nature? are woven together in a unity filled with marvelous patterns. That?...

    I love Walter Isaacsons biographies, they are always engaging, never dry, and I learn so much while being thoroughly entertained because it reads more like a novel many times rather than a dry non-fiction feel to it. Leonardo is obviously one of the most world renown artists ever bo...

    "Leonardo went from seeking knowledge that could be of practical use and began seeking knowledge for its own sake, out of pure curiosity and joy" A magnificent and fascinating read of the life and times of one of the most brilliant human beings that ever lived. Walter Isaacson's sta...

    Simply?brilliant. ...

    I don?t have a lot to say about this [edit: coming back after my draft, I see I was mistaken], but in keeping with my New Year?s resolution to put down into words something about each book I read this year, here are my rambling thoughts. First off, I heeded Chrissie?s advice, ...

    Much of my review agrees with that stated by Netta in her review (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...), though she writes it much more eloquently. Walter Isaacson presents the biography of Leonardo da Vinci, whose every action is so divine, that, surpassing all other men, it ma...

    LEONARDO DA VINCI. (2017). Walter Isaacson. ****1/2. The first thing I?d like to share is that you needn?t be afraid of the size of this book. It runs to 525 pages, plus notes and index. With my experience of reading other Isaacon?s books (?Ben Franklin,? and ?Einstein?)...

    I have read two of Isaacson's previous biographies (Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein). I particularly liked the Steve Jobs biography since the author was able to effectively get under his subject's skin due to his unique access to the subject. In the case of Leonardo da Vinci, Isaacson w...

    This book simply did not hold my interest, as there is too much idolatry and not enough analysis. Words, such as "wondrous," "brilliant", and "ingenious" should be used sparingly, even when discussing Leonardo da Vinci. Otherwise when something truly is wondrous, the reader will no lon...

    Marvelous. This life was magnificent beyond any telling for his unique and kind (but often rascally) genius of such multiple skills and talents of mind set into a time that was both cruel and beautiful. It's beyond my ability to describe Leonardo's scope. But the only star loss for...

    6 out of 5 :D ?? ??? ??????? ?????????? ???? ??? ????????? ????????? I believe he is one of the finest biographers of our time with uncompromising impenetrable passion for his books. ?? ?...

    A very accessible and lavishly illustrated biography of Leonardo. This is the only bio I have read directly on Leonardo but Isaacson does a good job of putting Leonardo's life in a fairly good context of his times. Well done. The artistic illustrations are worth the purchase of this bo...

  • Kimba Tichenor
    Apr 10, 2018

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...

    The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one liste...

    ?he never finished any of the works he began because, so sublime was his idea of art, he saw faults even in the things that to others seemed miracles.? ? Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci This was an interesting biography, and an interesting approach, but it just wasn'...

    Honestly, I preferred Serge Bramly's 1991 Da Vinci biography to this one by Isaacson. I read (and reviewed here on GR) his biographies of Einstein and Ben Franklin, and found them both really good. In the present work, the author is way too present in my opinion and pitches his Steve J...

    If you like a little psychology with your history, this is a book for you! It gives you a wonderful insight into the mind of one of the most fascinating men in human history. Da Vinci was quite the character. A bit enigmatic and mercurial. It was a delight learning more about his perso...

    This is the third book that I have read of Walter Isaacson. The first one, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, was fantastic. The second one, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution was not as interesting to me. Now this book, about Le...

    Unlike many readers of this book who were well acquainted with Walter Isaacson and loved his previous works, I picked this biography being quite sceptical and absolutely unaware of how Isaacson approaches his subjects. His bibliography looks like a very impressive collection of genii o...

    Walter Isaacson never makes Leonardo out to be anymore more than a human being. He points out that art history can often descend into hagiography, especially when it comes to its greatest minds. Both Vasari and Kenneth Clark placed Leonardo on a god-like pedestal, untouched by any othe...

    Thank you, Net Galley for the opportunity to review this book --- as people who follow me know, I do not regurgitate what the book is about as that is what the description from the author and publisher at the top of the page are for. This book is very well written. This book is ver...

    There is plenty to learn here about Leonardo DaVinci, and his art, its histories unravelled, codexes explained in ways, and the story of the process and people in the art work. Detail, details meticulously written by the author, almost with obsession like mastery and a hugely accessib...

    Walter is a storyteller....If you have read his other bios, you already know this. Same situation here...but I must warn you....Leonardo was a very complicated man....a genius in his art....kept copious notes about everything he thought, felt, and dreamed about....he was a scientist,wa...

    Walter Isaacson?s Leonardo da Vinci is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. It is a 600 page-long biography which I read in a hardcover version so heavy it could probably shatter some bones if I dropped it on my foot. The pages are made of thick, glossy paper, and t...

    Walter Isaacson has delivered an immensely readable, detailed and thoughtful biography on Leonardo DaVinci. With many pictures and sketches from DaVinci, the reader is really able to experience the richness of DaVinci?s talent as his extraordinary life story is told. And a story this...

    The reason Leonardo has appealed to me is because I?m immensely charmed by the idea of a Renaissance Man, men who make no distinction between science and art, men who believe that the ?infinite works of nature? are woven together in a unity filled with marvelous patterns. That?...

    I love Walter Isaacsons biographies, they are always engaging, never dry, and I learn so much while being thoroughly entertained because it reads more like a novel many times rather than a dry non-fiction feel to it. Leonardo is obviously one of the most world renown artists ever bo...

    "Leonardo went from seeking knowledge that could be of practical use and began seeking knowledge for its own sake, out of pure curiosity and joy" A magnificent and fascinating read of the life and times of one of the most brilliant human beings that ever lived. Walter Isaacson's sta...

    Simply?brilliant. ...

    I don?t have a lot to say about this [edit: coming back after my draft, I see I was mistaken], but in keeping with my New Year?s resolution to put down into words something about each book I read this year, here are my rambling thoughts. First off, I heeded Chrissie?s advice, ...

    Much of my review agrees with that stated by Netta in her review (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...), though she writes it much more eloquently. Walter Isaacson presents the biography of Leonardo da Vinci, whose every action is so divine, that, surpassing all other men, it ma...

    LEONARDO DA VINCI. (2017). Walter Isaacson. ****1/2. The first thing I?d like to share is that you needn?t be afraid of the size of this book. It runs to 525 pages, plus notes and index. With my experience of reading other Isaacon?s books (?Ben Franklin,? and ?Einstein?)...

    I have read two of Isaacson's previous biographies (Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein). I particularly liked the Steve Jobs biography since the author was able to effectively get under his subject's skin due to his unique access to the subject. In the case of Leonardo da Vinci, Isaacson w...

    This book simply did not hold my interest, as there is too much idolatry and not enough analysis. Words, such as "wondrous," "brilliant", and "ingenious" should be used sparingly, even when discussing Leonardo da Vinci. Otherwise when something truly is wondrous, the reader will no lon...

  • Darwin8u
    Jan 04, 2018

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...

    The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one liste...

    ?he never finished any of the works he began because, so sublime was his idea of art, he saw faults even in the things that to others seemed miracles.? ? Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci This was an interesting biography, and an interesting approach, but it just wasn'...

  • Keep Calm Novel On
    Jan 14, 2018

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...

    The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one liste...

    ?he never finished any of the works he began because, so sublime was his idea of art, he saw faults even in the things that to others seemed miracles.? ? Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci This was an interesting biography, and an interesting approach, but it just wasn'...

    Honestly, I preferred Serge Bramly's 1991 Da Vinci biography to this one by Isaacson. I read (and reviewed here on GR) his biographies of Einstein and Ben Franklin, and found them both really good. In the present work, the author is way too present in my opinion and pitches his Steve J...

    If you like a little psychology with your history, this is a book for you! It gives you a wonderful insight into the mind of one of the most fascinating men in human history. Da Vinci was quite the character. A bit enigmatic and mercurial. It was a delight learning more about his perso...

    This is the third book that I have read of Walter Isaacson. The first one, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, was fantastic. The second one, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution was not as interesting to me. Now this book, about Le...

    Unlike many readers of this book who were well acquainted with Walter Isaacson and loved his previous works, I picked this biography being quite sceptical and absolutely unaware of how Isaacson approaches his subjects. His bibliography looks like a very impressive collection of genii o...

    Walter Isaacson never makes Leonardo out to be anymore more than a human being. He points out that art history can often descend into hagiography, especially when it comes to its greatest minds. Both Vasari and Kenneth Clark placed Leonardo on a god-like pedestal, untouched by any othe...

    Thank you, Net Galley for the opportunity to review this book --- as people who follow me know, I do not regurgitate what the book is about as that is what the description from the author and publisher at the top of the page are for. This book is very well written. This book is ver...

    There is plenty to learn here about Leonardo DaVinci, and his art, its histories unravelled, codexes explained in ways, and the story of the process and people in the art work. Detail, details meticulously written by the author, almost with obsession like mastery and a hugely accessib...

    Walter is a storyteller....If you have read his other bios, you already know this. Same situation here...but I must warn you....Leonardo was a very complicated man....a genius in his art....kept copious notes about everything he thought, felt, and dreamed about....he was a scientist,wa...

    Walter Isaacson?s Leonardo da Vinci is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. It is a 600 page-long biography which I read in a hardcover version so heavy it could probably shatter some bones if I dropped it on my foot. The pages are made of thick, glossy paper, and t...

    Walter Isaacson has delivered an immensely readable, detailed and thoughtful biography on Leonardo DaVinci. With many pictures and sketches from DaVinci, the reader is really able to experience the richness of DaVinci?s talent as his extraordinary life story is told. And a story this...

    The reason Leonardo has appealed to me is because I?m immensely charmed by the idea of a Renaissance Man, men who make no distinction between science and art, men who believe that the ?infinite works of nature? are woven together in a unity filled with marvelous patterns. That?...

    I love Walter Isaacsons biographies, they are always engaging, never dry, and I learn so much while being thoroughly entertained because it reads more like a novel many times rather than a dry non-fiction feel to it. Leonardo is obviously one of the most world renown artists ever bo...

    "Leonardo went from seeking knowledge that could be of practical use and began seeking knowledge for its own sake, out of pure curiosity and joy" A magnificent and fascinating read of the life and times of one of the most brilliant human beings that ever lived. Walter Isaacson's sta...

    Simply?brilliant. ...

  • Jim
    Nov 28, 2017

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...

    The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one liste...

    ?he never finished any of the works he began because, so sublime was his idea of art, he saw faults even in the things that to others seemed miracles.? ? Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci This was an interesting biography, and an interesting approach, but it just wasn'...

    Honestly, I preferred Serge Bramly's 1991 Da Vinci biography to this one by Isaacson. I read (and reviewed here on GR) his biographies of Einstein and Ben Franklin, and found them both really good. In the present work, the author is way too present in my opinion and pitches his Steve J...

    If you like a little psychology with your history, this is a book for you! It gives you a wonderful insight into the mind of one of the most fascinating men in human history. Da Vinci was quite the character. A bit enigmatic and mercurial. It was a delight learning more about his perso...

    This is the third book that I have read of Walter Isaacson. The first one, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, was fantastic. The second one, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution was not as interesting to me. Now this book, about Le...

    Unlike many readers of this book who were well acquainted with Walter Isaacson and loved his previous works, I picked this biography being quite sceptical and absolutely unaware of how Isaacson approaches his subjects. His bibliography looks like a very impressive collection of genii o...

    Walter Isaacson never makes Leonardo out to be anymore more than a human being. He points out that art history can often descend into hagiography, especially when it comes to its greatest minds. Both Vasari and Kenneth Clark placed Leonardo on a god-like pedestal, untouched by any othe...

    Thank you, Net Galley for the opportunity to review this book --- as people who follow me know, I do not regurgitate what the book is about as that is what the description from the author and publisher at the top of the page are for. This book is very well written. This book is ver...

    There is plenty to learn here about Leonardo DaVinci, and his art, its histories unravelled, codexes explained in ways, and the story of the process and people in the art work. Detail, details meticulously written by the author, almost with obsession like mastery and a hugely accessib...

    Walter is a storyteller....If you have read his other bios, you already know this. Same situation here...but I must warn you....Leonardo was a very complicated man....a genius in his art....kept copious notes about everything he thought, felt, and dreamed about....he was a scientist,wa...

    Walter Isaacson?s Leonardo da Vinci is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. It is a 600 page-long biography which I read in a hardcover version so heavy it could probably shatter some bones if I dropped it on my foot. The pages are made of thick, glossy paper, and t...

    Walter Isaacson has delivered an immensely readable, detailed and thoughtful biography on Leonardo DaVinci. With many pictures and sketches from DaVinci, the reader is really able to experience the richness of DaVinci?s talent as his extraordinary life story is told. And a story this...

    The reason Leonardo has appealed to me is because I?m immensely charmed by the idea of a Renaissance Man, men who make no distinction between science and art, men who believe that the ?infinite works of nature? are woven together in a unity filled with marvelous patterns. That?...

    I love Walter Isaacsons biographies, they are always engaging, never dry, and I learn so much while being thoroughly entertained because it reads more like a novel many times rather than a dry non-fiction feel to it. Leonardo is obviously one of the most world renown artists ever bo...

    "Leonardo went from seeking knowledge that could be of practical use and began seeking knowledge for its own sake, out of pure curiosity and joy" A magnificent and fascinating read of the life and times of one of the most brilliant human beings that ever lived. Walter Isaacson's sta...

  • Melody Sams
    Dec 29, 2017

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...

    The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one liste...

    ?he never finished any of the works he began because, so sublime was his idea of art, he saw faults even in the things that to others seemed miracles.? ? Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci This was an interesting biography, and an interesting approach, but it just wasn'...

    Honestly, I preferred Serge Bramly's 1991 Da Vinci biography to this one by Isaacson. I read (and reviewed here on GR) his biographies of Einstein and Ben Franklin, and found them both really good. In the present work, the author is way too present in my opinion and pitches his Steve J...

    If you like a little psychology with your history, this is a book for you! It gives you a wonderful insight into the mind of one of the most fascinating men in human history. Da Vinci was quite the character. A bit enigmatic and mercurial. It was a delight learning more about his perso...

  • Netta
    Nov 08, 2017

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...

    The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one liste...

    ?he never finished any of the works he began because, so sublime was his idea of art, he saw faults even in the things that to others seemed miracles.? ? Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci This was an interesting biography, and an interesting approach, but it just wasn'...

    Honestly, I preferred Serge Bramly's 1991 Da Vinci biography to this one by Isaacson. I read (and reviewed here on GR) his biographies of Einstein and Ben Franklin, and found them both really good. In the present work, the author is way too present in my opinion and pitches his Steve J...

    If you like a little psychology with your history, this is a book for you! It gives you a wonderful insight into the mind of one of the most fascinating men in human history. Da Vinci was quite the character. A bit enigmatic and mercurial. It was a delight learning more about his perso...

    This is the third book that I have read of Walter Isaacson. The first one, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, was fantastic. The second one, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution was not as interesting to me. Now this book, about Le...

    Unlike many readers of this book who were well acquainted with Walter Isaacson and loved his previous works, I picked this biography being quite sceptical and absolutely unaware of how Isaacson approaches his subjects. His bibliography looks like a very impressive collection of genii o...

  • Hannah Greendale
    Mar 31, 2018

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

  • Esmerelda Weatherwax
    Mar 06, 2018

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...

    The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one liste...

    ?he never finished any of the works he began because, so sublime was his idea of art, he saw faults even in the things that to others seemed miracles.? ? Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci This was an interesting biography, and an interesting approach, but it just wasn'...

    Honestly, I preferred Serge Bramly's 1991 Da Vinci biography to this one by Isaacson. I read (and reviewed here on GR) his biographies of Einstein and Ben Franklin, and found them both really good. In the present work, the author is way too present in my opinion and pitches his Steve J...

    If you like a little psychology with your history, this is a book for you! It gives you a wonderful insight into the mind of one of the most fascinating men in human history. Da Vinci was quite the character. A bit enigmatic and mercurial. It was a delight learning more about his perso...

    This is the third book that I have read of Walter Isaacson. The first one, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, was fantastic. The second one, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution was not as interesting to me. Now this book, about Le...

    Unlike many readers of this book who were well acquainted with Walter Isaacson and loved his previous works, I picked this biography being quite sceptical and absolutely unaware of how Isaacson approaches his subjects. His bibliography looks like a very impressive collection of genii o...

    Walter Isaacson never makes Leonardo out to be anymore more than a human being. He points out that art history can often descend into hagiography, especially when it comes to its greatest minds. Both Vasari and Kenneth Clark placed Leonardo on a god-like pedestal, untouched by any othe...

    Thank you, Net Galley for the opportunity to review this book --- as people who follow me know, I do not regurgitate what the book is about as that is what the description from the author and publisher at the top of the page are for. This book is very well written. This book is ver...

    There is plenty to learn here about Leonardo DaVinci, and his art, its histories unravelled, codexes explained in ways, and the story of the process and people in the art work. Detail, details meticulously written by the author, almost with obsession like mastery and a hugely accessib...

    Walter is a storyteller....If you have read his other bios, you already know this. Same situation here...but I must warn you....Leonardo was a very complicated man....a genius in his art....kept copious notes about everything he thought, felt, and dreamed about....he was a scientist,wa...

    Walter Isaacson?s Leonardo da Vinci is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. It is a 600 page-long biography which I read in a hardcover version so heavy it could probably shatter some bones if I dropped it on my foot. The pages are made of thick, glossy paper, and t...

    Walter Isaacson has delivered an immensely readable, detailed and thoughtful biography on Leonardo DaVinci. With many pictures and sketches from DaVinci, the reader is really able to experience the richness of DaVinci?s talent as his extraordinary life story is told. And a story this...

    The reason Leonardo has appealed to me is because I?m immensely charmed by the idea of a Renaissance Man, men who make no distinction between science and art, men who believe that the ?infinite works of nature? are woven together in a unity filled with marvelous patterns. That?...

    I love Walter Isaacsons biographies, they are always engaging, never dry, and I learn so much while being thoroughly entertained because it reads more like a novel many times rather than a dry non-fiction feel to it. Leonardo is obviously one of the most world renown artists ever bo...

  • Dana Aprigliano (TheVaguelyArticulateReader)
    Jan 14, 2018

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...

    The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one liste...

    ?he never finished any of the works he began because, so sublime was his idea of art, he saw faults even in the things that to others seemed miracles.? ? Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci This was an interesting biography, and an interesting approach, but it just wasn'...

    Honestly, I preferred Serge Bramly's 1991 Da Vinci biography to this one by Isaacson. I read (and reviewed here on GR) his biographies of Einstein and Ben Franklin, and found them both really good. In the present work, the author is way too present in my opinion and pitches his Steve J...

    If you like a little psychology with your history, this is a book for you! It gives you a wonderful insight into the mind of one of the most fascinating men in human history. Da Vinci was quite the character. A bit enigmatic and mercurial. It was a delight learning more about his perso...

    This is the third book that I have read of Walter Isaacson. The first one, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, was fantastic. The second one, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution was not as interesting to me. Now this book, about Le...

    Unlike many readers of this book who were well acquainted with Walter Isaacson and loved his previous works, I picked this biography being quite sceptical and absolutely unaware of how Isaacson approaches his subjects. His bibliography looks like a very impressive collection of genii o...

    Walter Isaacson never makes Leonardo out to be anymore more than a human being. He points out that art history can often descend into hagiography, especially when it comes to its greatest minds. Both Vasari and Kenneth Clark placed Leonardo on a god-like pedestal, untouched by any othe...

    Thank you, Net Galley for the opportunity to review this book --- as people who follow me know, I do not regurgitate what the book is about as that is what the description from the author and publisher at the top of the page are for. This book is very well written. This book is ver...

    There is plenty to learn here about Leonardo DaVinci, and his art, its histories unravelled, codexes explained in ways, and the story of the process and people in the art work. Detail, details meticulously written by the author, almost with obsession like mastery and a hugely accessib...

    Walter is a storyteller....If you have read his other bios, you already know this. Same situation here...but I must warn you....Leonardo was a very complicated man....a genius in his art....kept copious notes about everything he thought, felt, and dreamed about....he was a scientist,wa...

    Walter Isaacson?s Leonardo da Vinci is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. It is a 600 page-long biography which I read in a hardcover version so heavy it could probably shatter some bones if I dropped it on my foot. The pages are made of thick, glossy paper, and t...

  • Matt Tandy
    Mar 06, 2018

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...

    The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one liste...

    ?he never finished any of the works he began because, so sublime was his idea of art, he saw faults even in the things that to others seemed miracles.? ? Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci This was an interesting biography, and an interesting approach, but it just wasn'...

    Honestly, I preferred Serge Bramly's 1991 Da Vinci biography to this one by Isaacson. I read (and reviewed here on GR) his biographies of Einstein and Ben Franklin, and found them both really good. In the present work, the author is way too present in my opinion and pitches his Steve J...

    If you like a little psychology with your history, this is a book for you! It gives you a wonderful insight into the mind of one of the most fascinating men in human history. Da Vinci was quite the character. A bit enigmatic and mercurial. It was a delight learning more about his perso...

    This is the third book that I have read of Walter Isaacson. The first one, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, was fantastic. The second one, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution was not as interesting to me. Now this book, about Le...

    Unlike many readers of this book who were well acquainted with Walter Isaacson and loved his previous works, I picked this biography being quite sceptical and absolutely unaware of how Isaacson approaches his subjects. His bibliography looks like a very impressive collection of genii o...

    Walter Isaacson never makes Leonardo out to be anymore more than a human being. He points out that art history can often descend into hagiography, especially when it comes to its greatest minds. Both Vasari and Kenneth Clark placed Leonardo on a god-like pedestal, untouched by any othe...

    Thank you, Net Galley for the opportunity to review this book --- as people who follow me know, I do not regurgitate what the book is about as that is what the description from the author and publisher at the top of the page are for. This book is very well written. This book is ver...

    There is plenty to learn here about Leonardo DaVinci, and his art, its histories unravelled, codexes explained in ways, and the story of the process and people in the art work. Detail, details meticulously written by the author, almost with obsession like mastery and a hugely accessib...

    Walter is a storyteller....If you have read his other bios, you already know this. Same situation here...but I must warn you....Leonardo was a very complicated man....a genius in his art....kept copious notes about everything he thought, felt, and dreamed about....he was a scientist,wa...

    Walter Isaacson?s Leonardo da Vinci is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. It is a 600 page-long biography which I read in a hardcover version so heavy it could probably shatter some bones if I dropped it on my foot. The pages are made of thick, glossy paper, and t...

    Walter Isaacson has delivered an immensely readable, detailed and thoughtful biography on Leonardo DaVinci. With many pictures and sketches from DaVinci, the reader is really able to experience the richness of DaVinci?s talent as his extraordinary life story is told. And a story this...

  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Jan 14, 2018

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...

    The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one liste...

    ?he never finished any of the works he began because, so sublime was his idea of art, he saw faults even in the things that to others seemed miracles.? ? Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci This was an interesting biography, and an interesting approach, but it just wasn'...

    Honestly, I preferred Serge Bramly's 1991 Da Vinci biography to this one by Isaacson. I read (and reviewed here on GR) his biographies of Einstein and Ben Franklin, and found them both really good. In the present work, the author is way too present in my opinion and pitches his Steve J...

  • Joseph Williams
    Nov 02, 2017

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...

    The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one liste...

    ?he never finished any of the works he began because, so sublime was his idea of art, he saw faults even in the things that to others seemed miracles.? ? Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci This was an interesting biography, and an interesting approach, but it just wasn'...

    Honestly, I preferred Serge Bramly's 1991 Da Vinci biography to this one by Isaacson. I read (and reviewed here on GR) his biographies of Einstein and Ben Franklin, and found them both really good. In the present work, the author is way too present in my opinion and pitches his Steve J...

    If you like a little psychology with your history, this is a book for you! It gives you a wonderful insight into the mind of one of the most fascinating men in human history. Da Vinci was quite the character. A bit enigmatic and mercurial. It was a delight learning more about his perso...

    This is the third book that I have read of Walter Isaacson. The first one, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, was fantastic. The second one, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution was not as interesting to me. Now this book, about Le...

    Unlike many readers of this book who were well acquainted with Walter Isaacson and loved his previous works, I picked this biography being quite sceptical and absolutely unaware of how Isaacson approaches his subjects. His bibliography looks like a very impressive collection of genii o...

    Walter Isaacson never makes Leonardo out to be anymore more than a human being. He points out that art history can often descend into hagiography, especially when it comes to its greatest minds. Both Vasari and Kenneth Clark placed Leonardo on a god-like pedestal, untouched by any othe...

    Thank you, Net Galley for the opportunity to review this book --- as people who follow me know, I do not regurgitate what the book is about as that is what the description from the author and publisher at the top of the page are for. This book is very well written. This book is ver...

    There is plenty to learn here about Leonardo DaVinci, and his art, its histories unravelled, codexes explained in ways, and the story of the process and people in the art work. Detail, details meticulously written by the author, almost with obsession like mastery and a hugely accessib...

    Walter is a storyteller....If you have read his other bios, you already know this. Same situation here...but I must warn you....Leonardo was a very complicated man....a genius in his art....kept copious notes about everything he thought, felt, and dreamed about....he was a scientist,wa...

    Walter Isaacson?s Leonardo da Vinci is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. It is a 600 page-long biography which I read in a hardcover version so heavy it could probably shatter some bones if I dropped it on my foot. The pages are made of thick, glossy paper, and t...

    Walter Isaacson has delivered an immensely readable, detailed and thoughtful biography on Leonardo DaVinci. With many pictures and sketches from DaVinci, the reader is really able to experience the richness of DaVinci?s talent as his extraordinary life story is told. And a story this...

    The reason Leonardo has appealed to me is because I?m immensely charmed by the idea of a Renaissance Man, men who make no distinction between science and art, men who believe that the ?infinite works of nature? are woven together in a unity filled with marvelous patterns. That?...

    I love Walter Isaacsons biographies, they are always engaging, never dry, and I learn so much while being thoroughly entertained because it reads more like a novel many times rather than a dry non-fiction feel to it. Leonardo is obviously one of the most world renown artists ever bo...

    "Leonardo went from seeking knowledge that could be of practical use and began seeking knowledge for its own sake, out of pure curiosity and joy" A magnificent and fascinating read of the life and times of one of the most brilliant human beings that ever lived. Walter Isaacson's sta...

    Simply?brilliant. ...

    I don?t have a lot to say about this [edit: coming back after my draft, I see I was mistaken], but in keeping with my New Year?s resolution to put down into words something about each book I read this year, here are my rambling thoughts. First off, I heeded Chrissie?s advice, ...

    Much of my review agrees with that stated by Netta in her review (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...), though she writes it much more eloquently. Walter Isaacson presents the biography of Leonardo da Vinci, whose every action is so divine, that, surpassing all other men, it ma...

    LEONARDO DA VINCI. (2017). Walter Isaacson. ****1/2. The first thing I?d like to share is that you needn?t be afraid of the size of this book. It runs to 525 pages, plus notes and index. With my experience of reading other Isaacon?s books (?Ben Franklin,? and ?Einstein?)...

    I have read two of Isaacson's previous biographies (Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein). I particularly liked the Steve Jobs biography since the author was able to effectively get under his subject's skin due to his unique access to the subject. In the case of Leonardo da Vinci, Isaacson w...

  • Farhana
    Dec 17, 2017

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...

    The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one liste...

    ?he never finished any of the works he began because, so sublime was his idea of art, he saw faults even in the things that to others seemed miracles.? ? Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci This was an interesting biography, and an interesting approach, but it just wasn'...

    Honestly, I preferred Serge Bramly's 1991 Da Vinci biography to this one by Isaacson. I read (and reviewed here on GR) his biographies of Einstein and Ben Franklin, and found them both really good. In the present work, the author is way too present in my opinion and pitches his Steve J...

    If you like a little psychology with your history, this is a book for you! It gives you a wonderful insight into the mind of one of the most fascinating men in human history. Da Vinci was quite the character. A bit enigmatic and mercurial. It was a delight learning more about his perso...

    This is the third book that I have read of Walter Isaacson. The first one, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, was fantastic. The second one, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution was not as interesting to me. Now this book, about Le...

    Unlike many readers of this book who were well acquainted with Walter Isaacson and loved his previous works, I picked this biography being quite sceptical and absolutely unaware of how Isaacson approaches his subjects. His bibliography looks like a very impressive collection of genii o...

    Walter Isaacson never makes Leonardo out to be anymore more than a human being. He points out that art history can often descend into hagiography, especially when it comes to its greatest minds. Both Vasari and Kenneth Clark placed Leonardo on a god-like pedestal, untouched by any othe...

    Thank you, Net Galley for the opportunity to review this book --- as people who follow me know, I do not regurgitate what the book is about as that is what the description from the author and publisher at the top of the page are for. This book is very well written. This book is ver...

    There is plenty to learn here about Leonardo DaVinci, and his art, its histories unravelled, codexes explained in ways, and the story of the process and people in the art work. Detail, details meticulously written by the author, almost with obsession like mastery and a hugely accessib...

    Walter is a storyteller....If you have read his other bios, you already know this. Same situation here...but I must warn you....Leonardo was a very complicated man....a genius in his art....kept copious notes about everything he thought, felt, and dreamed about....he was a scientist,wa...

    Walter Isaacson?s Leonardo da Vinci is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. It is a 600 page-long biography which I read in a hardcover version so heavy it could probably shatter some bones if I dropped it on my foot. The pages are made of thick, glossy paper, and t...

    Walter Isaacson has delivered an immensely readable, detailed and thoughtful biography on Leonardo DaVinci. With many pictures and sketches from DaVinci, the reader is really able to experience the richness of DaVinci?s talent as his extraordinary life story is told. And a story this...

    The reason Leonardo has appealed to me is because I?m immensely charmed by the idea of a Renaissance Man, men who make no distinction between science and art, men who believe that the ?infinite works of nature? are woven together in a unity filled with marvelous patterns. That?...

    I love Walter Isaacsons biographies, they are always engaging, never dry, and I learn so much while being thoroughly entertained because it reads more like a novel many times rather than a dry non-fiction feel to it. Leonardo is obviously one of the most world renown artists ever bo...

    "Leonardo went from seeking knowledge that could be of practical use and began seeking knowledge for its own sake, out of pure curiosity and joy" A magnificent and fascinating read of the life and times of one of the most brilliant human beings that ever lived. Walter Isaacson's sta...

    Simply?brilliant. ...

    I don?t have a lot to say about this [edit: coming back after my draft, I see I was mistaken], but in keeping with my New Year?s resolution to put down into words something about each book I read this year, here are my rambling thoughts. First off, I heeded Chrissie?s advice, ...

    Much of my review agrees with that stated by Netta in her review (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...), though she writes it much more eloquently. Walter Isaacson presents the biography of Leonardo da Vinci, whose every action is so divine, that, surpassing all other men, it ma...

    LEONARDO DA VINCI. (2017). Walter Isaacson. ****1/2. The first thing I?d like to share is that you needn?t be afraid of the size of this book. It runs to 525 pages, plus notes and index. With my experience of reading other Isaacon?s books (?Ben Franklin,? and ?Einstein?)...

    I have read two of Isaacson's previous biographies (Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein). I particularly liked the Steve Jobs biography since the author was able to effectively get under his subject's skin due to his unique access to the subject. In the case of Leonardo da Vinci, Isaacson w...

    This book simply did not hold my interest, as there is too much idolatry and not enough analysis. Words, such as "wondrous," "brilliant", and "ingenious" should be used sparingly, even when discussing Leonardo da Vinci. Otherwise when something truly is wondrous, the reader will no lon...

    Marvelous. This life was magnificent beyond any telling for his unique and kind (but often rascally) genius of such multiple skills and talents of mind set into a time that was both cruel and beautiful. It's beyond my ability to describe Leonardo's scope. But the only star loss for...

    6 out of 5 :D ?? ??? ??????? ?????????? ???? ??? ????????? ????????? I believe he is one of the finest biographers of our time with uncompromising impenetrable passion for his books. ?? ?...

  • Rahul Matthew
    Jun 01, 2018

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...

    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...

    Marvelous! Isaacson's comprehensive biography is written to delight, to inform, and to inspire curiosity. Video review to come in my March Wrap Up. ...

    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...

    The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one liste...

    ?he never finished any of the works he began because, so sublime was his idea of art, he saw faults even in the things that to others seemed miracles.? ? Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci This was an interesting biography, and an interesting approach, but it just wasn'...

    Honestly, I preferred Serge Bramly's 1991 Da Vinci biography to this one by Isaacson. I read (and reviewed here on GR) his biographies of Einstein and Ben Franklin, and found them both really good. In the present work, the author is way too present in my opinion and pitches his Steve J...

    If you like a little psychology with your history, this is a book for you! It gives you a wonderful insight into the mind of one of the most fascinating men in human history. Da Vinci was quite the character. A bit enigmatic and mercurial. It was a delight learning more about his perso...

    This is the third book that I have read of Walter Isaacson. The first one, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, was fantastic. The second one, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution was not as interesting to me. Now this book, about Le...

    Unlike many readers of this book who were well acquainted with Walter Isaacson and loved his previous works, I picked this biography being quite sceptical and absolutely unaware of how Isaacson approaches his subjects. His bibliography looks like a very impressive collection of genii o...

    Walter Isaacson never makes Leonardo out to be anymore more than a human being. He points out that art history can often descend into hagiography, especially when it comes to its greatest minds. Both Vasari and Kenneth Clark placed Leonardo on a god-like pedestal, untouched by any othe...

    Thank you, Net Galley for the opportunity to review this book --- as people who follow me know, I do not regurgitate what the book is about as that is what the description from the author and publisher at the top of the page are for. This book is very well written. This book is ver...

    There is plenty to learn here about Leonardo DaVinci, and his art, its histories unravelled, codexes explained in ways, and the story of the process and people in the art work. Detail, details meticulously written by the author, almost with obsession like mastery and a hugely accessib...

    Walter is a storyteller....If you have read his other bios, you already know this. Same situation here...but I must warn you....Leonardo was a very complicated man....a genius in his art....kept copious notes about everything he thought, felt, and dreamed about....he was a scientist,wa...

    Walter Isaacson?s Leonardo da Vinci is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. It is a 600 page-long biography which I read in a hardcover version so heavy it could probably shatter some bones if I dropped it on my foot. The pages are made of thick, glossy paper, and t...

    Walter Isaacson has delivered an immensely readable, detailed and thoughtful biography on Leonardo DaVinci. With many pictures and sketches from DaVinci, the reader is really able to experience the richness of DaVinci?s talent as his extraordinary life story is told. And a story this...

    The reason Leonardo has appealed to me is because I?m immensely charmed by the idea of a Renaissance Man, men who make no distinction between science and art, men who believe that the ?infinite works of nature? are woven together in a unity filled with marvelous patterns. That?...

    I love Walter Isaacsons biographies, they are always engaging, never dry, and I learn so much while being thoroughly entertained because it reads more like a novel many times rather than a dry non-fiction feel to it. Leonardo is obviously one of the most world renown artists ever bo...

    "Leonardo went from seeking knowledge that could be of practical use and began seeking knowledge for its own sake, out of pure curiosity and joy" A magnificent and fascinating read of the life and times of one of the most brilliant human beings that ever lived. Walter Isaacson's sta...

    Simply?brilliant. ...

    I don?t have a lot to say about this [edit: coming back after my draft, I see I was mistaken], but in keeping with my New Year?s resolution to put down into words something about each book I read this year, here are my rambling thoughts. First off, I heeded Chrissie?s advice, ...

    Much of my review agrees with that stated by Netta in her review (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...), though she writes it much more eloquently. Walter Isaacson presents the biography of Leonardo da Vinci, whose every action is so divine, that, surpassing all other men, it ma...

    LEONARDO DA VINCI. (2017). Walter Isaacson. ****1/2. The first thing I?d like to share is that you needn?t be afraid of the size of this book. It runs to 525 pages, plus notes and index. With my experience of reading other Isaacon?s books (?Ben Franklin,? and ?Einstein?)...

    I have read two of Isaacson's previous biographies (Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein). I particularly liked the Steve Jobs biography since the author was able to effectively get under his subject's skin due to his unique access to the subject. In the case of Leonardo da Vinci, Isaacson w...

    This book simply did not hold my interest, as there is too much idolatry and not enough analysis. Words, such as "wondrous," "brilliant", and "ingenious" should be used sparingly, even when discussing Leonardo da Vinci. Otherwise when something truly is wondrous, the reader will no lon...

    Marvelous. This life was magnificent beyond any telling for his unique and kind (but often rascally) genius of such multiple skills and talents of mind set into a time that was both cruel and beautiful. It's beyond my ability to describe Leonardo's scope. But the only star loss for...

    6 out of 5 :D ?? ??? ??????? ?????????? ???? ??? ????????? ????????? I believe he is one of the finest biographers of our time with uncompromising impenetrable passion for his books. ?? ?...

    A very accessible and lavishly illustrated biography of Leonardo. This is the only bio I have read directly on Leonardo but Isaacson does a good job of putting Leonardo's life in a fairly good context of his times. Well done. The artistic illustrations are worth the purchase of this bo...

    The Greatness of this man lies in his quirkiness!!; ...

  • Bill Gates
    May 21, 2018

    Shortly after Melinda and I got married, I told her I was bidding on a notebook that could wind up costing a lot of money. ?Don?t you already have a great portable computer?? she asked. I explained that by ?notebook,? I meant the old-fashioned kind. And by ?old-fashioned...