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Flags of Our Fathersby James Bradley
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A New York Times bestseller, now adapted for young readers, Flags of Our Fathers is the unforgettable chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American military history: the raising of the U.S. 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 there, they raised a flag. The son of one of the flag raisers has written a powerful account of six very different men who came together in the heroic battle.
"A simple thesis emerges from all the detail worked into this touching group portrait, in a comment by John Bradley: 'The heroes of Iwo Jima are the guys who didn't come back.' No reader will forget the lesson." Publishers Weekly
"The best battle book I ever read. These stories, from the time the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima enlisted, their training, and the landing and subsequent struggle, fill me with awe." Stephen Ambrose
"A powerful book whose vivid and horrific images do not easily leave the mind...[Flags of Our Fathers] relates the brutalizing story of Iwo Jima with a fine eye for both the strategic imperative and the telling incident." The Boston Globe
"Brings a heartfelt personal dimension to this penetrating and insightful look at an American icon....Flags of Our Fathers captivates as the story behind a famous photo, a story that lives on in a son?s heart." National Review
This unforgettable "New York Times" bestselling chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American military history is the inspiration behind a new film adaptation from Warner Bros. and DreamWorks SKG, directed by Oscar(-winning director Clint Eastwood, opening in theaters August 4.
About the Author
James Bradley is the son of John "Doc" Bradley, one of the six flag raisers on Iwo Jima. He conducted over 300 interviews with World War II veterans and their families in the course of writing this book.
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