Who, the What, and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History

Who, the What, and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History


By (author) Matt Lamothe

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  • Publisher: CHRONICLE BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 214mm x 262mm x 22mm | 840g
  • Publication date: 2 November 2014
  • Publication City/Country: San Francisco
  • ISBN 10: 1452128278
  • ISBN 13: 9781452128276
  • Illustrations note: full-colour images throughout
  • Sales rank: 101,154

Product description

In the bestselling tradition of The Where, the Why, and the How, this offbeat illustrated history reveals 65 people you've probably never heard of, but who helped shape the word as we know it. Muses and neighbours, friends and relatives, accomplices and benefactors, such as Michael and Joy Brown, who gifted Harper Lee a year's worth of wages to help her write To Kill a Mockingbird. Or John Ordway, the colleague who walked with Lewis and Clark every step of the way. Each eye-opening story of these unsung heroes is written by a notable historian and illustrated by a top indie artist, making The Who, the What, and the When a treasure trove of word and image for history buffs, art lovers and anyone who rejoices in unexpected discovery.

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Author information

ALSO is an award-winning design firm based out of Chicago and Brooklyn and headed by Matt Lamothe, Julia Rothman, and Jenny Volvovski. They are the authors of The Where, the Why, and the How and The Exquisite Book, from Chronicle Books. Julia is also the beloved author of several books including Hello, NY from Chronicle Books. You can see more of their work at www.also-online.com.

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"The most generous book in the world.... There is something quite wonderful about witnessing one human being selflessly bolster the creative achievement of another. That's precisely what illustrator extraordinaire Julia Rothman and her collaborators Jenny Volvovski and Matt Lamothe celebrate in The Who, the What, and the When- an illuminating inventory of the little-known champions behind a wide range of cultural icons. Each story is told by a different writer and illustrated by a different artist, all of astounding range and talent." - Brain Pickings