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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 hishome, 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.

Review:

"Bradley and Powers set themselves against often-sanctimonious tradition, retrieving the stories of six more or less troubled individuals from the anonymity of heroic myth." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[A]n unforgettable tableau of one of the most savage battlefields in history, a battlefield of wholesale death, mutilation and waste." New York Times

Review:

"They weren't conscious heroes, just men doing an often ghastly, but necessary job. It gives us sober second thoughts about war and its supposed glory." Christian Science Monitor

Review:

"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

Synopsis:

In this unforgettable, #1 "New York Times" bestselling chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American military history, Bradley ("Flyboys") captures the glory, the triumph, the heartbreak, and the legacy of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima.

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

James Bradley is the son of John "Doc" Bradley, one of the six flagraisers. A speaker and a writer, he lives in Rye, New York.

Ron Powers is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. He is the author of White Town Drowsing and Dangerous Water: A Biography of the Boy Who Became Mark Twain. He lives in Vermont.

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yumpinyiminy, February 9, 2007 (view all comments by yumpinyiminy)
Being the son of a veteran, this book is able to answer many questions and curiosities regarding the duty of service people and their relationship of heroes. It is a pleasure getting to know the flagraisers Ira, John, Mike, Rene, Harlon and Franklin and their families. For anyone who knows a veteran of any branch of the armed forces, this story is of interest.
This is a greatly detailed account of the battle for Iwo Jima during WWII. As well as describing the effects of such a battle and its aftermath. A wonderful depiction of our great history and why we know freedom. The price of freedom is obviously PRICELESS as the Japanese and American soldiers who gave up everything on Iwo Jima will forever be remembered in "FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS".
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780553589085
Author:
Bradley, James
Publisher:
Bantam Books
With:
Powers, Ron
Author:
James Bradley with Ron Powers
Author:
Powers, Ron
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
History
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Marines
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Iwo Jima, Battle of, Japan, 1945
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20060531
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
576
Dimensions:
6.76x5.16x1.34 in. .65 lbs.

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Product details 576 pages Bantam Books - English 9780553589085 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bradley and Powers set themselves against often-sanctimonious tradition, retrieving the stories of six more or less troubled individuals from the anonymity of heroic myth." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "[A]n unforgettable tableau of one of the most savage battlefields in history, a battlefield of wholesale death, mutilation and waste."
"Review" by , "They weren't conscious heroes, just men doing an often ghastly, but necessary job. It gives us sober second thoughts about war and its supposed glory."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , In this unforgettable, #1 "New York Times" bestselling chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American military history, Bradley ("Flyboys") captures the glory, the triumph, the heartbreak, and the legacy of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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