# 6: Leonardo da Vinci
by Walter Isaacson
The BEST work of non-fiction I have read in a while, and one that I can highly recommend to any reader, no matter whether they "never" read non-fiction, are interested in art or not.
The author has done a great job (and probably put in countless hours of thorough research) in creating a book that not only gives the facts about its subject's life, but makes the man and his time truly come alive.
Walter Isaacson does not present his own imagination as facts. Whenever he assumes, he says so, and always makes it clear why he has reached this or that idea about Leonardo from what we can safely consider as facts.
The book contains a timeline and a list of main characters, both rather usueful when you, like me, read it over the course of several months and need to re-familiarise yourself every now and then with where (and when) some thing or other has taken place.
Chapters chronologically follow Leonardo's life, and end with his death. There is also an extensive part of notes at the end of the book, spanning almost 40 pages, followed by illustration credits and a useful index. Both the author and his editor(s) clearly know their stuff; it may help that Walter Isaacson has written other biographies, for instance about Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Frankling and Henry Kissinger.
There honestly was not a page that I did not enjoy. The only thing that, in my eyes (literally!), makes this book less than perfect, is the size of some of its illustrations. As you all know, my eyesight is not the best, and so some of the prints of paintings and drawings are rather small, even though there would have been enough room for lager illustrations.
I received the book as a birthday present for my 50th birthday in 2018. This goes to show how slow my reading has become these days. Now I am going to write an email to the friend who gave me the book and thank him once more.