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    Da Vinci's Ghost (Library Edition): Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image (CD-Audio) By (author) Toby Lester, Narrator Stephen Hoye

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    DescriptionEverybody knows the picture: a man, meticulously rendered by Leonardo da Vinci, standing with arms and legs outstretched in a circle and a square. Deployed today to celebrate subjects as various as the grandeur of art, the beauty of the human form, and the universality of the human spirit, the drawing turns up just about everywhere: in books, on coffee cups, on corporate logos, even on spacecraft. It has, in short, become the world's most famous cultural icon--and yet almost nobody knows about the epic intellectual journeys that led to its creation. In this modest drawing that would one day paper the world, da Vinci attempted nothing less than to calibrate the harmonies of the universe and understand the central role man played in the cosmos. Journalist and storyteller Toby Lester brings Vitruvian Man to life, resurrecting the ghost of an unknown Leonardo. Populated by a colorful cast of characters, including Brunelleschi of the famous Dome, "Da Vinci's Ghost" opens up a surprising window onto the artist and philosopher himself and the tumultuous intellectual and cultural transformations he bridged. With sparkling prose, Lester captures the brief but momentous time in the history of western thought when the Middle Ages gave way to the Renaissance, art and science and philosophy converged as one, and all seemed to hold out the promise that a single human mind, if properly harnessed, could grasp the nature of everything.

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    Da Vinci's Ghost (Library Edition)
    Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Toby Lester, Narrator Stephen Hoye
    Physical properties
    Format: CD-Audio
    Width: 168 mm
    Height: 173 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 204 g
    ISBN 13: 9781452635361
    ISBN 10: 1452635366

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    B&T Merchandise Category: AUD
    BISAC V2.8: ART016000
    BIC subject category V2: ACND
    B&T General Subject: 170
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/16CNTY
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 51600
    Ingram Subject Code: JN
    Libri: I-JN
    BISAC V2.8: ART009000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/15CNTY
    BISAC V2.8: ART010000, ART015030, BIO000000
    DC22: 741.092
    BISAC V2.8: ART015080
    DC23: 709.2
    LC classification: NC257.L4 A78 2012C
    Edition statement
    Library ed
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Imprint name
    Tantor Media, Inc
    Publication date
    07 February 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Old Saybrook, CT
    Author Information
    Toby Lester is the author of "The Fourth Part of the World" and a contributing editor for the "Atlantic." Stephen Hoye has won more than a dozen "AudioFile" Earphones Awards and two prestigious APA Audie Awards, including one for "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" by Robert T. Kiyosaki. He has recorded many other notable titles, such as "Every Second Counts" by Lance Armstrong and "The Google Story" by David A. Vise and Mark Malseed.
    Review quote
    "It's an exciting ride, for which narrator Stephen Hoye is well suited. He reads rather like a newscaster, lifting the ends of sentences and sounding upbeat, as if he's on the scene. Just right for a report from the end of one world and the start of another." ---AudioFile