|Walter Isaacson has won critical acclaim for his biographies of such figures as Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs. "The best way to convey ideas and values is through the tales of people. That's been true since the Bible," he has told interviewers. Isaacson, who holds degrees from Harvard College and Oxford University, began his professional career as a newspaper reporter, and in 1978 he joined the staff of Time magazine, ultimately working his way up from political correspondent to managing editor. He has also held leadership posts at CNN and the Aspen Institute. Despite the demands of those high-profile positions, Isaacson, who lives in Washington, D.C., finds time to regularly publish well-regarded and comprehensive biographies. His 2007 book on Einstein was a favorite of Apple founder Steve Jobs, who handpicked Isaacson to be his biographer. (Although Isaacson initially refused, believing that Jobs was too young and had too many accomplishments ahead of him to warrant a book-length biography, he relented when he realized that the tech entrepreneur, then ill with cancer, might not have long to live.) Jobs was, Isaacson realized, exactly the type of subject he found fascinating. "Sometimes we divide people, the people who are the science geeks and the people who are the humanities geeks," he has explained. "[But] in some ways it's the combination of the humanities and the science that leads to great creativity. You see that in Ben Franklin, you see it in Albert Einstein, and you see it, of course, in Steve Jobs." The Jobs biography, published in 2011, sold almost 400,000 copies in its first week alone and was among the top-selling books of the year.