Paul Robert Walker has written more than thirty books on subjects ranging from the American West and the Italian Renaissance to folklore, baseball, and miracles.
In THE FEUD THAT SPARKED THE RENAISSANCE (William Morrow), he brought the artistic rivalry between Filippo Brunelleschi and Lorenzo Ghiberti in Renaissance Florence to life for modern readers. Kirkus Review called the book, "a convincing account of one of the defining moments in art and history," while Library Journal judged that "using an estimable cache of documentary materials...Walker makes a fine circumstantial case for an artistic feud." Critic Alan Prince wrote enthusiastically in BookPage, "His newest work is sure to bring such sheer pleasure to people interested in history, architecture and art that many of them will regard the book itself as a work of art."
Walker has written extensively for the National Geographic Society on American history, including THE SOUTHWEST, which explores 11,000 years of human history amid the rugged landscapes of the American Southwest; TRAIL OF THE WILD WEST, a reexamination of the American frontier; and "Rivers to the Pacific," a photo-illustrated essay for EXPLORING THE GREAT RIVERS OF NORTH AMERICA.
Walker's books for young adult readers include three volumes in the award-winning National Geographic "Remember" series, which documents key events in American history through eyewitness accounts and archival images: REMEMBER LITTLE ROCK (2011 Arkansiana Award for the Best Juvenile Book on Arkansas History); REMEMBER THE ALAMO (2007 June Franklin Naylor Award for the Best Book for Children on Texas History) and REMEMBER THE LITTLE BIGHORN (an American Library Association Best Book of the Year). Walker's other middle-grade and young adult books have been honored by the American Library Association, the National Council for the Social Studies, the Children's Book Council, the American Folklore Society, School Library Journal, and Storytelling World.
Born in Oak Park, Illinois (just like Ernest Hemingway, only later), Walker studied acting at Boston University School of Fine Arts and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in Anglo-American literature from Occidental College. A former teacher, journalist, and rock musician, he lives in Escondido, California.
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