Inspired by the idea that wisdom is the greatest gift one generation can give to another, the Wisdom project sought to create a record of a group over the age of 65 who have each made a profound mark on the world. Beginning in August of 2007, Andrew and the studio traveled to seven countries, driving 5,000 miles and logging 65,000 air travel miles, to meet with luminaries from all walks of life—trailblazers in their respective fields who have witnessed history unfold over the past three quarters of a century.
Nelson Mandela, Buzz Aldrin, Burt Bacharach, Madeleine Albright, Clint Eastwood, Nadine Gordimer, Billie Jean King, Frank Gehry, Judi Dench, Ted Kennedy, Jane Goodall, Robert Redford, Dave Bruebeck, and Andrew Wyeth are just a few of the 50 contributors who agreed to be photographed and interviewed exclusively for the book.
Driven by the insight that the greatest heritage of a generation is the wisdom gained from life’s experience, Zuckerman went wisdom-hunting among 50 of our time’s greatest thinkers and doers —writers, artists, philosophers, politicians, designers, activists, musicians, religious and business leaders — all over 65 years of age. The resulting brilliant book and film, Wisdom: The Greatest Gift One Generation Can Give to Another, features remarkable interviews with and portraits of icons like Nelson Mandela, Jane Goodall and Desmond Tutu, among a treasure trove of others.
–Maria Popova, The Marginalian