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Flags of Our Fathers

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, Americ

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.

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    Saleh MoonWalker

    Sep 25, 2017

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    Onvan : Flags of Our Fathers – Nevisande : James D. Bradley – ISBN : 553384155 – ISBN13 : 9780553384154 – Dar 382 Safhe – Saal e Chap : 2000

    sean

    Mar 09, 2008

    rated it
    it was ok

    I read the book before the movie. The movie, directed by Clint Eastwood is almost entirely dedicated to the book’s last chapters where the author describes the after-war lives of the heroes – and yes, despite what Bradley and Eastwood believe, these men ARE heroes regardless of the father Bradley’s protests.

    After describing the battle and events of the flag raising on Mount Suribachi, the author describes how the men’s lives turned sour as the US War Machine exploited them for the 7th War Bond D

    After describing the battle and events of the flag raising on Mount Suribachi, the author describes how the men’s lives turned sour as the US War Machine exploited them for the 7th War Bond Drive – and then abandoned them. That’s one way of looking at it, I guess; but personally, I would rather read stories that inspire me, educate me, and lift my spirit. After all, this is why we read, isn’t it? This book had potential to be great and could have earned 5 stars had it not taken the cynical twist that it did after the flag raising.

    The last pages of the book somewhat angered me that the author would think so little of the men’s well deserved recognition. They weren’t heroes because they “happened to be at the right place, at the right time for an opportune photo” that subsequently became the symbol of America’s sacrifice for freedom. They were heroes for setting foot on the island. Period. This is more than I can say for myself and it takes great fortitude to overcome a man’s fears to face death, yet step onto that beach anyway.

    Bradley and Eastwood just don’t get it. The photo honors ALL the fallen veterans and honors ALL the parents who gave their sons during WWII. Family’s back home suffered great anxiety, sorrow, and fear for their sons and this memorial is for them too – for their sacrifices. God bless the heroes who died in the waters at Iwo Jima’s beaches, the heroes who gave all on the putrid island, the heroes who fought and died or survived in every engagement of this war, and God bless the HEROES who raised the flags on Mount Suribachi. God will reward them even if Bradley and Eastwood won’t.
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    Jason Koivu

    Jan 18, 2011

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    On Veteran’s Day and other such days when the mind wanders over the ultimate sacrifice made by brave men and women during our world’s troubled times, for Americans there are few images more iconic than the picture of the flag raising on Iwo Jima during WWII.

    Flags of Our Fathers was penned by James Bradley, the son of one of the men in that picture. This story is about that experience, what led up to it and what came after. It is more engaging and less depressing than expected. Certainly it is n

    Flags of Our Fathers was penned by James Bradley, the son of one of the men in that picture. This story is about that experience, what led up to it and what came after. It is more engaging and less depressing than expected. Certainly it is not all flag-waving victory for one and all involved. Bitter sorrow surrounded some of the participants. However, on the whole, that moment in time stands for hard fought victory. Today is a day to honor the idea behind the image, this metaphor for comradeship. Whenever you might read it, Bradley’s book makes the reader feel as if everyday is Veteran’s Day.


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