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US $22.95
CAN $33.95
Hardback with jacket
288 pages
130 illustrations, 110 in colour
19 x 14.5 cm (7.5 x 5.75 in)
ISBN: 978-1-8589-4345-9
Available in North America only
Portrait of a Nation
Men and Women Who Have Shaped America

Introduction by Marc Pachter

This compact and illuminating volume brings together the faces of Americans who have made a profound mark on the history of the United States, from the nation’s earliest days to the present. Selected from America’s national museum of portraiture and biography, these influential figures include men and women from all walks of life, from political leaders and reformers to artists, athletes and superstars. Engaging commentaries about each person describe his or her contribution to American life and culture. With subjects as diverse as Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), Benjamin Franklin, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Louis Armstrong, Eleanor Roosevelt, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and John Steinbeck, this book offers a composite – and compelling – portrait of the American nation.

 

A beautifully illustrated book, featuring works by such acclaimed painters, sculptors and photographers as Alex Katz, Alice Neel, Man Ray, Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Steichen and Andy Warhol
A fascinating read for anyone interested in American history or in the art of portraiture
Published to coincide with the reopening of the National Portrait Gallery in 2006 after a six-year renovation programme

Published in association with the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

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Marc Pachter is Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonion Institution, Washington, DC.

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