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Lest We Forget: Masterpieces of Patriotic Jewelry and Military Decorations Hardcover – November 11, 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing (November 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589796861
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589796867
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 0.7 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #683,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My grandfather was so proud of his military service that even after his presidency he preferred to be called General Eisenhower. (Anne Eisenhower)

Judith Price...has produced a unique and fascinating book that catalogues and beautifully illustrates the finest of these works. One cannot read it without pondering the tragic losses and the heroism of the human beings for which many of these works are memorials, and the best of these works reflect in their art the greatness of the valor and sacrifice of their recipients. (John Lehman, former Secretary of the Navy)

I genuinely believe that the men and women in uniform for today's American armed forces are the best in history. (Pete Dawkins, Ret'd. Brigadier General, USA Heisman Trophy Winner)

[This] book that illustrates with iconic objects the history of the military is an impressive tribute to the service and valor shown in the past by millions of Americans. As one who had the honor of serving in the military, I can look back upon it as an invaluable learning experience, one that introduced to me to fellow citizens I would otherwise have not met, and my respect for these people I shall retain forever. Lest We Forget celebrates the high esteem that citizens rightly realize after agreeing to serve in the interest of others. (Gay Talese, author of A Writer's Life)

Whether you are a student of military history or jewelry design, you’ll find the time spent with this book worthwhile. (Antique Trader Magazine)

The book tells the story of our military history since the revolution and features 150 iconic objects from the world's leading military museums and private collections. To date, no such book has ever been published. (Collector's News)

Lest We Forget is an ideal coffee table pick, highly recommended. (Midwest Book Review)

Lest We Forget reminds the reader of the gratitude we owe our gallant men and women who have served in the military. (Steven Wayne Yvaska, San Jose Mercury News)

About the Author

Judith Price is President of the National Jewelry Institute and author of three other books on antique jewelry. She lives in New York City.

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Ms. Price graduated with honors, from the University of Pennsylvania. After attending the graduate Faculty of Economics at Columbia University and a term at the National Bureau of Economic Research, she joined Time Magazine as a business reporter and was active in the New York cultural world as head of the Art Lending Service and the Corporate Art Advisory Service at the Museum of Modern Art.

Ms. Price founded AVENUE Magazine in 1975. AVENUE pioneered the concept of highly targeted controlled media which has subsequently become a popular phenomenon. In addition to serving affluent households in New York for 25 years, AVENUE published international foreign language editions in Europe, Japan and China. Ms. Price sold AVENUE in 2001 to Stagebill.

Ms. Price remains active in New York City affairs as a board member of the Upper East Side Historic District, and President of the Avenue Association--a public, non-profit foundation dedicated to art and preservations projects. She is a founding Member of the Committee of 200, and as a member of the Young Presidents Organization she co-chaired the 1986 International University in Paris. She is founder of the Young Architects Prize at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; and a member of the Friends of the Musée Carnavalet in Paris.

Ms. Price is currently founder and President of the National Jewelry Institute, the country's first fine jewelry museum. The National Jewelry Institute launched its first exhibition, Masterpieces of American Jewelry, in New York in 2004, before opening in London at Somerset House and in Paris at the Musée Carnavalet. Subsequent exhibitions in the US and Europe include: Treasures of the Titans; Masterpieces of French Jewelry; Lorenz Baumer: The Creative Process of a Jeweler; Olympic Gold; Designer Showcase New York; and Designer Showcase Paris. In 2009 the National Jewelry Institute exhibited Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry: Exquisite Objects from the Cradle of Civilization, including objects from the Louvre, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Berlin Museum, in New York and Chicago. In 2010 Notorious Notable: 20th Century Women of Style was staged at the Museum of the City of New York.

Ms. Price is the author of Executive Style (Simon & Schuster), The Office Style Book (Crown Publishers), Masterpieces of American Jewelry (Running Press), Bijoux des Stars (Paris Musees); Masterpieces of French Jewelry (Running Press); Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry: Exquisite Objects from the Cradle of Civilization (Running Press). Her sixth book, LEST WE FORGET: Masterpieces in Patriotic Jewelry and Military Decorations will be published this Veterans Day, November 11th by Taylor Trade of Rowman and Littlefield. Ms. Price has received an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences as the Creator of the NBC series Behind the Scenes, Made in New York.

Ms. Price has also received the L'Etoile Award for Franco-American cultural relations from the International Herald Tribune; and in 2006 was honored by the Mayor of Paris at the Hotel de Ville with the Medaille de Vermeil for her civic contributions and in 2011 was appointed to the rank of Chevalier in the National Order of the Legion of Honor by the President of the Republic for her "exemplary personal commitment to the culture of France." She was born in Philadelphia and is married to Peter O. Price, Chairman and CEO of Premiere Previews. They reside in New York and Paris.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob Weaver on May 18, 2012
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The book was a gift for my sister, age 93, who served as a Navy officer during World War II. She loves it, which of course makes me and my wife, who learned of the book, very happy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By david l. poremba VINE VOICE on July 30, 2012
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In this profusely illustrated book (all in color), Judith Price has assembled for exhibit one of the most diverse collections of military medals and decorations and commemorative jewelry ever seen in a book. Beginning with the headdress of Queen Pu-Abi of UR in 2650BCE to a Victory Bell cast from the metallic remains of a German aircraft in World War II, there are hundreds of illustrations of Indian Peace Medals, Field Marshall's batons, inlaid Napoleonic era snuffboxes and sweetheart jewelry from World War II.
Divided into four chapters entitled: War, Valor, Memories and Peace, one cannot but recall both the sacrifices made by soldier and civilian alike represented and commemorated by these medals and patriotic jewelry. Supplementing the text are interviews with experts from British, French and various American institutions which highlight some specific pieces or collections. Of especial interest are the Corps Badges developed during the American Civil War, with some of them elaborately engraved with the soldier's names and units and all are from the collections of the American Numismatic Society. Every page here reveals a miniature masterpiece of devotion, service and art. This is an excellent coffee table book on the subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kassiah Faul on February 12, 2012
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This book has stunning pictures and amazing insight on the history of our country. My children enjoyed looking through and reading about the past through the eyes of these artifacts. Though I would not consider it useful for jewelry makers and/or artisans (except from an historical perspective), it's a must have for any military family or history buff or teacher.
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