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A Beautiful Mind is an unauthorized biography of Nobel Prize-winning economist and mathematician John Forbes Nash, Jr. by Sylvia Nasar, a New York Times economics correspondent. It inspired the 2001 film by the same name.

Starting with his childhood, the book covers Nash's years at Princetonmarker and MITmarker, his work for the RAND Corporation, his family and his struggle with schizophrenia. It ends with Nash being awarded the "Nobel Prize in Economics" in 1994. The book is a detailed description of many aspects of Nash's life, and a close examination of his personality and motivations, and gives an interesting perspective on the stresses placed on personal and professional relationships by severe mental illness.

The book won the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award for biography, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for biography, and was shortlisted for the Rhône-Poulenc Prize in 1999. The book also appeared on the New York Times' bestseller list for biography. It is particularly notable for describing Nash's genius as well as his struggle with mental illness.


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