Follow Here To Purchase My Pearl Harbor Scrapbook 1941

Creator: Bess Taubman
Authors: Bess Taubman & Ernest Arroyo
Illustrator: Edward L. Cox, Jr.
Publisher: MapMania Publishing Co.
ISBN: 978-1-883443-07-8

The use of captivating design elements engage the reader in what life was like at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii before, during and after December 7, 1941,” the back jack states in Bess Taubman and Ernest Arroyo’s book, My Pearl Harbor Scrapbook: A Nostalgic Collection of Memories.

At ninety-eight pages, this oblong hardbound targets those interested in World War Two, specifically when America was attacked by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor. Set up as pages from an old, cherished scrapbook, illustrator Cox’s added artistic touches flow from page to page, relating to a time of war, death, and devastation. Occasionally there are folded-out pages to expand photographs, maps, and illustrations.

With both inside jacket covers having artwork of posted mail, war buttons, medals, and a written article, readers will instantly be reminded of the tragic period in America’s history. After a foreword by Daniel Martinez, National Park Service Chief Historian, and a commemoration, the book is divided into five parts. A medal and pin glossary, acknowledgements, credits, bibliography, and two-page section for the reader to add his or her memories complete the book.

Mentioning in the preface of the first part a peaceful Hawaii, the following several pages are front page newspaper announcements declaring war. The second part contains the historical stepping stones from both United States and Japan’s perspective, with leaders involved, a timeline, warnings missed, and Japanese’s military arsenal. The next section focuses on America’s battleship row, Pacific fleet, and planes, including the devastation and losses from both sides. Part four offers nine of the USS battleships involved, with a short history, purpose, and final salute, complete with photographs, information, and location. The final division is an eclectic collection showing posters, internment camps, rations, memorials, and significant quotes.

With most of the photographs in black and white, the sporadic color sets at ease the tragedy of war, the loss of those who fought and died, and how this specific attack forced a country into war.

Having a plethora of photographs, newspaper clippings, maps, telegrams, and vintage artifacts, the fascinating display makes readers feel they are a part of this personal yet worldwide memory.

Perfect as a coffee table book or to honor a WWII veteran, this book reminds us of the sacrifice, hardship, and patriotism of that unforgettable day.

Thanks to FSB Associates and Bookpleasures for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.