National Press Club

Walter Isaacson discusses da Vinci at Headliners Breakfast, Monday, Dec. 18

December 5, 2017 | By Mark Schoeff Jr. |

Walter Isaacson, former managing editor of Time and former CNN chairman, plans to speak at a National Press Club Headliners Breakfast Monday, Dec. 18, to discuss his new book, "Leonardo da Vinci."

Breakfast will be served in the Club’s Ballroom at 8 a.m., with remarks beginning at 8:30 a.m., followed by a Q&A session ending at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $25 for Press Club members (Club members may purchase two tickets at this price) and $39 for the general public. Please click here to purchase tickets and copies of the book. For all ticketing-related questions, please email Tickets and books must be paid for at the time of purchase.

"Leonardo da Vinci" is the latest in a series about intellectual giants by Isaacson, a former chief executive of the Aspen Institute who is now a history professor at Tulane University. He has previously written best-sellers about Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin.

“This book is the capstone to Isaacson’s biographies on genius, creativity, innovation and where the humanities intersect the sciences,” his publisher, Simon & Schuster, said in a statement. “Based on thousands of pages of Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science.”

Isaacson plans to sign copies of his book after the program concludes. Books may be purchased at the same time as tickets for the event or they will be available for purchase at the breakfast. Proceeds from book sales will benefit the non-profit affiliate of the Club, the National Press Club Journalism Institute, so no outside books and memorabilia.