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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Aunt Phil’s Trunk Volume 5: Bringing Alaska’s History Alive by Laurel Downing Bill is a continuation of a historical look at Alaska’s past. In this book we take a look at the years 1960 through to 1984, brought alive in a series of photographs and stories. We look at how the people started their very first government and follow it through 25 years of history. We talk to people who survived the Good Friday Earthquake in 1964, a massive 9.2, and the tsunamis that wreaked havoc afterwards. We look at the discovery of black gold on the northern slopes and how the Natives fought the biggest battle for their own land and won. The settlement they got paved the way for an oil pipeline to be built through the Alaskan wilderness, stretching for 800 miles. And we look at the evil that tainted the 1980s with no less than six mass murderers.
Aunt Phil’s Trunk Volume 5: Bringing Alaska’s History Alive by Laurel Downing Bill is an amazing addition to the series, all of which I have read and would read again, over and over. Alaska is top of my bucket list and this book, covering more recent times, has brought it all the more to life for me. I love the addition of the photos; they add so much to the book, making it more than just a historical narrative. Together with the entertaining stories, you can really feel the emotions coming off the page, the horror of the earthquake and the tsunamis, the joy of winning the settlement, and the terror of the mass murders; it is all brought vividly to life. An amazing book and I would strongly recommend that the entire series is read in order, although you can read this as a stand-alone.