Here are the life stories of nine famous people who have left their mark upon the world. There are men of action such as Alexander the Great and George Washington, and a woman, Joan of Arc, who inspired a nation. There are scientists whose voyages of discovery took place in laboratories—Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur and Marie Curie. Imagination is the fuel of the artist. The paintings of Leonardo da Vinci, and the symphonies of Ludwig van Beethoven, though centuries old, still affect us today. And finally, there is the story of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, who gained freedom for his country while at the same time promoting the idea of peace and non-violence. These men and women were important in their time and, even in our computer age, show what individuals, with ideals and energy, can achieve.
About the Author
Nicolas Soames founded Naxos AudioBooks with Klaus Heymann in 1994 and has produced numerous classic audiobooks from Austen and Milton to Beckett and Murakami. For many years a journalist writing on classical music for Gramophone and other magazines and newspapers, he was also a judo correspondent covering six Olympics for BBC TV and a variety of print media. He cofounded the record label Clarinet Classics and founded the premier judo publishing imprint Ippon Books. He has also produced many classic plays for BBC Radio 3.