About the Author
Lee Eisenberg is the author of THE NUMBER: A Completely Different Way to Think About the Rest
of Your Life (Free Press; January 10, 2006). In his newest book, Eisenberg helps readers come to grips with their
current lifestyles, goals, anxieties, and dreams as a means of empowering them to calculate and better understand
their Number: the money and resources they will need to achieve the life they desire, especially post-career.
For more than three decades, Eisenberg has served in key leadership roles in both media- and marketing-
based companies. Starting at Esquire magazine in 1970 after earning a graduate degree from the University of
Pennsylvania, Eisenberg quickly rose through the ranks to become one of the nation’s youngest and most successful
top editors of a national magazine. After an impressive tenure as Esquire’s Editor-in-Chief, and later as the
Founding Editor-in-Chief of Esquire’s U.K. edition, he switched gears to become a founding partner of the Edison
Project whose mission was to conceive and implement an academic and business model for a national system of
innovative schools. In 1995, Eisenberg became a consulting editor for strategic development at media powerhouse
Time, Inc., where he helped initiate a broad range of new business extensions for TIME magazine.
Then, in 1999, with his family comfortably settled in a New York suburb, Eisenberg received a call that
changed the course of his life. The Vice Chairman of the Wisconsin-based Lands’ End asked him to join the
company as the Executive Vice President and Creative Director. After serious contemplation, the Eisenbergs
headed West. During the next five years, Eisenberg eventually became the Chief Creative and Administrative
Officer at Lands’ End as he overhauled and refreshed all aspects of the brand. This experience helped to inspire
this new book about the life we want, the life we don’t, and the costs of each.
In addition to The Number, Eisenberg is the author of Breaking Eighty: A Journey Through the Nine
Fairways of Hell, among other books. He has contributed numerous magazine articles and reviews to Fortune,
Money, Time, Business Week, The New York Times, and other national publications. He was also one of the co-
founders of Rotisserie League Baseball.
Currently, Eisenberg and his family divide their time between Madison, Wisconsin and Chicago.