Lester was born into a family of writers. He completed his studies of English and the French language in 1987 at the University of Virginia. He then worked at the United Nations in Palestine in the area of refugee relief, later responsible for the Peace Corps for Eastern Europe and the countries of the former Soviet Union. In Yemen, he worked for the Peace Corps as an English teacher in a village school in the Yemeni mountains.
In the years 1995 to 2005 Lester worked in various areas of the editors of American magazine The Atlantic and wrote at the same time for several other magazines and newspapers. His interests included the reconstruction of Greek music of the ancient world, the Koran and the change in the alphabets in Azerbaijan after the fall of 1990 by Cyrillic alphabet to the Latin alphabet adapted.
Lester lives with his wife and three daughters near Boston, Massachusetts.
- The Fourth Part of the World. The Race to the End of the Earth, and the Epic Story of the Map did Gave America Its Name. Free Press, New York 2009, ISBN 978-1-4165-3531-7. German, translated by Klaus Binder and Bernd weavers: The fourth continent. As a card changed the world. Berlin -Verlag, Berlin 2010, ISBN 978-3-8270-0732-2.
- The symmetry of the world: Leonardo da Vinci and the secret of his most famous drawings, Berlin -Verlag, Berlin 2012, ISBN 978-3-8270-1104-6.