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Einstein by Walter Isaacson
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Sep 13, 2011

really liked it

On substance, this book delivers what it promises. Isaacson artfully combines a thorough biography of Einstein with a high-level explanation of his special and general theories of relativity. This cross-over approach yields interesting insights into the scientific community from which Einstein emerged, the anti-semitism that he battled throughout his life, and the science establishment's reaction to his celebrity status.

The book succeeds in neither overly glorifying Einstein's accomplishments or demonizing his less than charming character traits. Isaacson tries a little too hard in cherry picking quotes to apologize for Einstein's endorsement of Marxism and to criticize the U.S. government's view that he was a security risk.

On style, the book reads easily. My only real complaint is the author felt the need to state the obvious repeatedly throughout the book, which became a little distracting. Overall, the book was very enjoyable, and like any good biography, you finish feeling a degree of connection to the subject.

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