With a foreword from U.S. Ambassador Donald Blinken.
Do you think Albert Einstein had his act together by his mid-20s? Think again. Would you assume style icon and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn’s life was always as beautiful as she was? Far from it. At the other end of the spectrum is the revolutionary Steve Jobs, who was at the top of his game by age 25. But Jobs’s beginnings were marked by his adoption, displacement, bullying, and then a rocky personal life. This absorbing book examines the trajectories of 25 iconic figures—from Toni Morrison to Albert Einstein and Golda Meir to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart—to reveal where they were in their lives in their mid-twenties and the choices that enabled them to make their historic marks. For those who are coming of age now, and for those who care about them and their futures, these captivating profiles provide inspiration, instruction, and encouragement. The profiles in Path to Greatness will be real-life examples of the fact that the turning points that lead to success and happiness come at different times and as a result of different conditions. Some people create their own turning points, other people build on what happens to them.
Many people who seemed to "have their act together" at age 25, had already weathered difficult beginnings to their lives; their turning points came early. And other people who didn't even have an act at age 25, went on to make profound contributions to the world; their turning points came with maturity.
This book will remind readers that it is never too late to make an impact.
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Table of Contents
Foreword U.S. Ambassador Donald Blinken xi
1 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Austria) 5
2 Mary Shelley (United Kingdom) 13
3 Honoré Daumier (France) 25
4 Ulysses S. Grant (United States) 33
5 Albert Einstein (Germany, United States) 46
6 Othmar Ammann (Switzerland, United States) 56
7 Helen Keller (United States) 67
8 Elizabeth Kenny (Australia) 76
9 Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson (United States) 88
10 Coco Chanel (France) 107
11 Golda Meir (Israel) 117
12 Roberto Marinho (Brazil) 128
13 Rita Levi-Montalcini (Italy) 133
14 Edith Piaf (France) 140
15 I. M. Pei (China, United States) 148
16 Akio Morita (Japan, United States) 159
17 Maria Tallchief (United States) 171
18 Maya Angelou (United States) 181
19 Audrey Hepburn (United Kingdom, United States) 190
20 Rudolf Nureyev (Russia) 199
21 Sally Ride and Christa McAuliffe (United States) 214
22 Steve Jobs (United States) 228
23 Jean-Michel Basquiat (United States) 234