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Book Review: WWII MEMORIAL “Jewel of the Mall”

Written by  January 31, 2006

“WWII Memorial: Jewel of the Mall is a 90 page full-color photographic book on the WWII Memorial with an introduction by Senator Robert Dole and photographs by renowned photographer Stephen R. Brown. The photographs are exclusive never-to-be duplicated images as Stephen R. Brown had access to the site and cranes as the Memorial was built. Panoramic scenes of the new face of the Mall comprise seventy-five pages of the book while the other fifteen are a documentary of the creation and installation of the sculpture and Marble ornamentation that is part of this new memorial.”
“Stephen R. Brown has been a professional photographer and writer for twenty-five years. His images and articles on photography have appeared in Smithsonian, Life, Newsweek, Time, Fortune, the New York Times, National Geographic Books, Broadcasting & Cable, American Photo, Photo Techniques, etc. His work has been exhibited in solo shows here and abroad and in 'Indelible Images: 100 Years of War Photography' and 'Odyssey: 100 Years of NGS Photography,' both of which were initiated at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and traveled around the world. His work is available at his web site:

It’s an old saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but after looking at this book, I don’t think it was ever more true. I was not ready for the deep feelings this book would bring out in me. On one hand I felt sorrow for all those who have given and continue to give their lives in defense of our country. On the other hand I felt a deep sense of pride in a country that would commission such a wonderful monument in honor of this country’s fallen heroes. As those of you who have seen my photos can attest, I am no great photographer by any means. This does not mean I can’t appreciate the work of someone who is an artist with a camera. The photographs of the memorial in this book are nothing short of fabulous.

While the reading in the book is light, it is important. The introduction by Senator Robert Dole is very moving. From the quotes listed, to the introduction of the sculptor in charge of the memorial all the way to the explanation of some of the processes and engineering involved to complete this great treasure I felt like any more words would have detracted from the book’s purpose. I would recommend this book to every American as a reminder of the great costs involved in securing our freedom.

Book review by Stephanie Wilcoxson