There are only a few biographers capable of doing justice to such a life – Isaacson is one of them. It is the story of a brilliant, quirky, funny, wise, flawed, charming, and unique man. A good layman’s view of relativity is achieved, but it is really a personal journey that’s well worth the somewhat daunting read (700 pages). The tumultuous times he lived in and the dramatic scientific advances he witnessed, discovered, and later struggled with are painted beautifully. The reader oscillates between seeing Einstein as one of the greatest geniuses (if not THE greatest) of all time, and an ordinary man with weaknesses and strengths.
For those who have never studied him, it’s a great biography. For those who have, it will make them love and appreciate Einstein even more.