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Jean-Pierre Isbouts

Dr. Jean-Pierre Isbouts is a writer, filmmaker, and doctoral professor at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA, where he specializes in European history, the culture of the Near East, and Renaissance art. He is the author of the 2006 book The Biblical World, which became an international bestseller and is now in its fourth print. Other works include In the Footsteps of Jesus (2011), The Story of Christianity (2014), Ten Prayers that Changed the World (2016), and Mapping America: The Incredible Story and Stunning Hand-Colored Maps and Engravings That Created the United States (2021), co-authored with Neal Asbury. 

Isbouts has also written and directed a number of television specials on modern history, including the Disney feature-length doc Walt: The Man Behind the Myth narrated by Dick van Dyke; Operation Valkyrie, a reconstruction of the plot to assassinate Hitler; The Civil War: A Photographic History, produced for Paragon; the History Channel special Inside the Cold War narrated by Sir David Frost; and Van Gogh Revisited, narrated by Leonard Nimoy.

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By artfully illustrating the boundaries of colonial powers, mapmakers in the 1700s helped define what our New World would become.