Inscribed on the half-title page by the author Walt Reed: "For Tom and Judy Decker With best wishes, Walt Reed"
74 illustrators are profiled. Each receives a two page spread with one full-page illustration and two smaller illustrations, almost all in full color. (This book was later abridged and reprinted with 50 "Great American Illustrators.")
Edwin Austin Abbey. Harry Beckhoff. Walter Biggs. Franklin Booth. Howard Chandler Christy. Matt Clark. Dean Cornwell. Joe DeMers. Albert Dorne. Harvey Dunn. John Falter. Robert Fawcett. Harrison Fisher. James Montgomery Flagg. Bernie Fuchs. John Gannam. Charles Dana Gibson. FR Gruger. John Held Jr. John LaGatta. JC Leyendecker. Tom Lovell. Al Parker. Maxfield Parrish. Bob Peak. Edward Penfield. Cole Phillips. Howard Pyle. Mead Schaeffer. Frank Schoonover. Harold Von Schmidt. Jon Whitcomb. Coby Whitmore. NC Wyeth. Others.