About the Book
Saipan, in the Northern Mariana Islands, saw one of the fiercest battles of the World War II in the Pacific. Today, the island is a tropical paradise, yet still bears the scars of war in plain view. The photographer and author of this book first came to Saipan as an exchange student in the mid-1970s and returned more than 30 years later. His reflections on how life had gone on in place that had seen such trauma and tragedy led to this collection of photographs and accompanying text.
Inspired by his experiences as an exchange student on Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, Kerry G. Hill became a journalist. After graduating from Northwestern University in 1980, he embarked on a 20-year newspaper career in Wisconsin and Illinois -- half of it as the national/international news editor of the Wisconsin State Journal, the state's second-largest daily. Today, he is in charge of communications for the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education, one of the premiere institutions in its field. In recent years, he has been gaining recognition for his photography, including two solo exhibits in Madison.