This is a beautiful gem of a book—perfect as a gift or for personal indulgence. Each entry, which combines a well-researched write-up with gorgeous illustrations, details a person who played a role crucial in a historic event but who nevertheless remains relatively unknown. Historically, aesthetically, and emotionally appealing, this book shows how many of our esteemed heroes found success because of people who believed in them, supported them, or (in some cases) challenged them. Some stories are tragic tales of rivalries, some are heart-warming love stories; all are illuminating. The context they provide to already familiar stories is pure pleasure.
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 neighbors, 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.
About the Author
Jenny Volvovski, Julia Rothman, and Matt Lamothe are partners in ALSO, an award-winning Chicago– and New York–based design firm.
"A charmingly illustrated compendium of history's most fascinating-and largely unknown-sidekicks." - Entertainment Weekly
"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
"Sixty-five illustrators and as many writers collaborated for these surprising, fun bios of history's secret sidekicks, including Mrs. Warhola, who inspired her son Andy's fascination with groceries." - mental_floss magazine