Flags of Our Fathers

Flags of Our Fathers

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In this unforgettable chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American military history, James Bradley has captured the glory, the triumph, the heartbreak, and the legacy of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. Here is the true story behind the immortal photograph that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America.

In February 1945, American Marines plunged into the surf at Iwo Jima--and into history. Through a hail of machine-gun and mortar fire that left the beaches strewn with comrades, they battled to the island's highest peak. And after climbing through a landscape of hell itself, they raised a flag.

Now the son of one of the flagraisers has written a powerful account of six very different young men who came together in a moment that will live forever.

To his family, John Bradley never spoke of the photograph or the war. But after his death at age seventy, his family discovered closed boxes of letters and photos. In Flags of Our Fathers , James Bradley draws on those documents to retrace the lives of his father and the men of Easy Company. Following these men's paths to Iwo Jima, James Bradley has written a classic story of the heroic battle for the Pacific's most crucial island--an island riddled with Japanese tunnels and 22,000 fanatic defenders who would fight to the last man.

But perhaps the most interesting part of the story is what happened after the victory. The men in the photo--three were killed during the battle--were proclaimed heroes and flown home, to become reluctant symbols. For two of them, the adulation was shattering. Only James Bradley's father truly survived, displaying no copy of the famous photograph in his home, telling his son only: "The real heroes of Iwo Jima were the guys who didn't come back."

Few books ever have captured the complexity and furor of war and its aftermath as well as Flags of Our Fathers . A penetrating, epic look at a generation at war, this is history told with keen insight, enormous honesty, and the passion of a son paying homage to his father. It is the story of the difference between truth and myth, the meaning of being a hero, and the essence of the human experience of war.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Bantam Books, c2000
ISBN: 9780553589344
0553589342
9780553111330
0553111337
9780553380293
055338029X
Branch Call Number: 940/.5426/Bra 359401 1
Characteristics: 376 p. : ill., maps
Additional Contributors: Powers, Ron

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sidnawkid Aug 06, 2015

Excellent historical account of WWII in the Pacific, focusing on Iwo Jima, and the battle for possession of it. Additionally, the author traces the lives of the six Marines who were made famous by the photograph of the flag-raising on Mount Suribachi. Very well written and coherent. (The author's father was one of the six Marines.)

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cobragunship
Mar 17, 2013

An excellent book written by the son of a Navy Corpsman who never spoke of the horrors he witnessed during that awful battle. Did the previous reader even read this book and the flag raising he describes isn't even close to the truth. The 5th Marines took Mount Surabachi and was sent on a patrol to the top and was given the unit's flag to raise on the top if they made it that far. The whole island and the naval armanda erupted in cheers with most vessels blowing their sirens when the first flag went up. A high ranking officer came ashore right after this incident and brought a larger flag and wanted the original flag as a souvenier. There was a second flag raising and photographer Joe Rosenthal was lucky to notice this event and snap the famous picture that is now a precious symbol of the Marines and the historic battles and sacrifices they've made throughout their incredible history. Highly recommended!!

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rene1951
Feb 27, 2013

For my comment see the large print entry.

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rene1951
Feb 27, 2013

Cover is one of the most famous fakes of the twentieth century. They raised the flag then realised that a picture would be a good idea: they then recreated what they had done earlier. Good propaganda!

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lukeooo2
Aug 27, 2011

great book lots of history about WW2 iwo jima

aaa5756 Jul 08, 2011

A++ book!!!!!

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21288004246712
Feb 25, 2010

Unbelievable how gruesome that battle for Iwo Jima, no wonder the US decided to use the atomic bomb on Japan

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lukeooo2
Sep 01, 2011

Coarse Language: foul language

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lukeooo2
Sep 01, 2011

Violence: gross!!!

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