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History buffs—-or anyone interested in American culture—-should plan to stop by the Borders on 18th and L Streets tonight to hear biographer Walter Isaacson discuss and sign American Sketches: Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and Heroes of a Hurricane, his collection of essays that was released late last year. Isaacson is the President and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute in D.C.

In American Sketches, Isaacson, known for his biographies of Benjamin Franklin, Henry Kissinger, and Albert Einstein, looks at individuals like Bill Gates, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Kissinger, who have impacted history through creativity and leadership.  Though Isaacson now lives in D.C., he’s originally from New Orleans, and in the book writes a tribute to his hometown and to writer Walker Percy, one of his early mentors.

Details after the jump:

ISAACSON SPEAKS TONIGHT AT 6:30 P.M. AT BORDERS, 1801 K ST. NW. FREE. (202) 466-4999.