Stephen Ambrose said it himself on the back of this book, "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." This is a dramatic story of Iwo Jima; I absorbed every word of every page with intensity. It brought me to tears and, at times, made me laugh. I felt I was crawling with the Marines yard by yard as they moved across the small island under intense fire from the Japanese. The pictures James Bradley produce will stay in my mind for a long time, at least until I read the book again. I keep seeing his father, Doc, administering first aide to a wounded Marine. Knowing the wounded soldier could quickly bleed to death, Doc covered the soldier with his own body as he administered first aid while bullets exploded around him. Doc won the Navy Cross for this heroic action.
The book doesn't just cover the fighting on the island, but follows the survivors of the six flagraisers back to the states. Their heroic welcome home involved them as part of a push to sell war bonds. James Bradley finally brings to end myths of the raising of the flag, e.g. that it was staged and that it was at the end of the fight for Iwo Jima.
From the very beginning of the book I was thankful for his father and the others that fought for our freedom on that small island in the Pacific. I wish I could thank all the veterans for their sacrifises made on Iwo Jima. Since I can't, I can thank James Bradley for bringing the story of his father and the other five flagraisers into my life. You'll be thankful, too. Bradley should receive a Pulitzer Prize for this incredible book.
RaeLyn S. reviewed Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima (Young Reader's Abridged Edition) on
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I learned so much about World War II while reading this book, especially the specific battle of Iwo Jima. The Flag Raisers became real to me and I laughed and cried as I read about their experiences. Well-written and a great written "picture" about the war.
This book should be required reading for every young person in America. It lets them know that what they have so much of today, was paid for by others who didn't even know who these young people would be, only that they too would be Americans.
Nicole O. (soupermomma) reviewed Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima (Young Reader's Abridged Edition) on
This is one of the top 10 books of all time. Not only because it tells the true unseen story of the men of Iwo Jima but it makes you realize that these men are our heros. They are owed honor and respect forever.