James I. Robertson

James I. Robertson

James I. Robertson is a nationally recognized American historian and the author of a number of books, including the ALA award-winnning biography Stonewall Jackson.

World War II

1939-1945

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Take a visual journey through the epic events of World War II with the art of Mort Künstler

World War II: 1939–1945 takes readers on a vivid journey through the most important events of the conflict, with illustrations by Mort Künstler—one of American’s foremost historical painters—and an inquiry-based text by renowned historian James I. Robertson, Jr..

Young readers are encouraged to look for details and discover key moments of the war—including Pearl Harbor, D-Day, and the Battle of the Bulge—to learn how it really felt to be there. A timeline and short biographies of notable figures, such as Winston Churchill and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, provide excellent supplements to each chapter.

From high-action combat to soldiers reflecting post-battle, each scene captures a historically accurate, visually rich portrait of the war. No other living historical artist is as celebrated as Künstler, and his work continues to attract history lovers of all ages.

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The Wild West

1804-1890

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Interact with the story of America’s frontier through the detailed paintings of America’s foremost historical artist, Mort Künstler

Künstler’s paintings bring history to life with striking portrayals of the events of America’s Wild West, starting in 1804, when Lewis and Clark made their first expeditions, to 1890, when the American frontier was declared “vanished.” The epic artworks faithfully capture the incredible landscapes, explorations, and battles of this important period, and ask children to look again and again for special details, such as the feathers in an American Indian chief’s headdress to the type of horse a cattleman rides. Together with text by award-winning historian James I. Robertson, Jr., these brilliantly explicit paintings engage a young reader’s attention and introduce him or her to American history through the visual arts.

Lauded by both historians and curators, Künstler presents beautifully rendered works chronicling America’s expansion to the West in a historically accurate and appealing way— transporting the reader right into each scene.

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The Civil War

1861-1865

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Take a visual journey through the events of the Civil War with the art of Mort Künstler

The Civil War takes readers on a chronological journey of the most important events of the conflict with action-packed illustrations by Mort Künstler—the most collected Civil War artist in the world—and inquiry-based text by historian James L. Robertson Jr. With close readings of Künstler’s paintings, young readers can parse the details of key moments of the war, including the Battle of Bull Run, the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Gettysburg Address, to learn how it really felt to be there. A timeline and short biographies of notable figures in the war, such as generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, provide excellent supplements to each narrative chapter.

While the American Revolution resulted in the creation of a new nation, the Civil War was a battle among citizens—the Union army against the Confederate, sometimes even brother against brother. As the most popular Civil War artist in the world, Künstler presents expansive, detailed artworks that make each battle come alive. From high-action combat scenes to decorated generals deliberating in exquisitely rendered lamp-lit camps, each painting captures a historically accurate, visually rich portrait of the war from both sides. No other living artist on the Civil War has been as celebrated as Künstler, and his work continues to attract history lovers of all ages.

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