The Who, The What, and The When Chronicles Unsung Heroes of the Past

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The Who, The What, and The When Chronicles Unsung Heroes of the Past

The Who, The What, and The When is a new title from Chronicle Books, and a follow up to the popular The Where, The Why and the How, which explained interesting science facts with gorgeous illustrations.

This new breakthrough book highlights people who surrounded and supported important figures in history, secretly contributing to their success… call them unsung heroes, or maybe unknown sidekicks! But not only does it share historical details about these underrated figures, but each story is paired with an illustration by a popular artist. I am a closet history buff, especially when it comes to people who fly under the radar and deserve the spotlight. Here are some of my favorite pairings (click on any image below to see a larger version):

Gwen John, Auguste Rodin's muse

Gwen John, Auguste Rodin’s muse

Christopher Morcom, Alan Turing's friend

Christopher Morcom, Alan Turing’s friend

Eileen Gray, Le Corbusier's colleague

Eileen Gray, Le Corbusier’s colleague

Alma Reville, Alfred Hitchcock's wife

Alma Reville, Alfred Hitchcock’s wife

Octave Chanute, the Wright Brothers' mentor

Octave Chanute, the Wright Brothers’ mentor

John Ingersoll, Robert Ingersoll'd father

John Ingersoll, Robert Ingersoll’s father

Get a copy of The Who, The What, and The When here.

Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.