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  by Marion Ettinger


About the Author

Lee Eisenberg spent seventeen years at Esquire, where he served as editor-in-chief through the 1980s. He was recruited by Harold Hayes, who was widely regarded as one of the most influential magazine editors of the era. Within six years Eisenberg had assumed oversight of the title.

In 1983, he conceived and commissioned the magazine's widely admired Fiftieth Anniversary issues, including "50 Who Made the Difference," which featured original text by such writers as Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, Nora Ephron, Tom Wolfe, and Richard Ford, among others. The issue received a National Magazine Award, one of many the magazine won during this period.

In 1995, Eisenberg was hired to oversee creative development at TIME magazine. He helped launch TIME for Kids, a newsmagazine for children, and was involved with many of TIME's initial online activities. He also worked on a number of special issues and projects, including a two-year TIME-CBS News collaboration known as The TIME 100. It chronicled the lives and accomplishments of the most influential people of the century. The series culminated with the selection of TIME's Person of the Century.

In 1999, Eisenberg was appointed Executive Vice President and Creative Director at Lands' End, where he oversaw all creative and marketing activities. In 2003, he was promoted to the company's Office of the President, and served as Chief Creative and Administrative Officer. He resigned in March 2004 to begin work on The Number.

Since its publication in January, 2006, The Number has received widespread media attention and critical acclaim, both in consumer media and financial services publications. The Detroit News called it “required reading for the 76 million baby boomers in this country.” The book has appeared on many bestseller lists, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Business Week. It has been featured on National Public Radio, Nightline, the CBS Early Show, and many other national programs. Eisenberg has also spoken at numerous professional conferences hosted by a diverse array of major financial firms, including Wachovia, Prudential Real Estate Investors, State Farm, Morgan Stanley, among others. In October 2006, Eisenberg will give a general session presentation at the Financial Planning Association’s annual conference.

Eisenberg has written numerous magazine articles and columns, as well as several books. Titles include The Ultimate Fishing Book (Houghton Mifflin); and Atlantic City: 100 Years of Ocean Madness(Clarkson Potter). Breaking Eighty, Eisenberg's account of his two-year attempt to master the complications and intricacies of golf, was published in 1997 by the Hyperion Press. His work has appeared in Fortune, Money, The New York Times, among many other publications.

Eisenberg was also one of the founding fathers of Rotisserie League Baseball. Born in Philadelphia, Eisenberg is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a master's degree from the Annenberg School for Communication.

He and his family live in Chicago.

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