Feb 14, 10
Read in February, 2010
This ranks among the top biographies I have ever read. I could hardly put it down. Isaacson is a master storyteller and though the book is more than 500 pages it doe not get bogged down in minutia or trivia. He steers clear of obtuse scientific principles and when he does venture into the physics his explanations are elegant so that even a layman can understand and appreciate what Einstein was working on.
Isaacson also does not waste time with too much tangential stuff about who his grandparents or parents were or in what Freudian ways his family shaped his life. This is a book about one man. He also, thankfully, resists the temptation to guess what Einstein was thinking. The phrase "must have thought" does not appear. The book is meticulously sources and every anecdote is accredited so that the reader has a sense of certainty that this is what actually took place.
Einstein himself is fascinating and awe-inspiring person. Whimsical, humble, silly and of course brilliant so it was easy to read about him.