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Flags of Our Fathers
Flags of Our Fathers
Author: James Bradley, Ron Powers
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 flag-raiser...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780553380293
ISBN-10: 055338029X
Publication Date: 10/2/2001
Pages: 384
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4.1 stars, based on 44 ratings
Publisher: Bantam
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 4
This is an amazingly written book. It reads like a fast-paced movie. If you have seen the movie, it is nothing compared to the book! I highly recommend this book, even if you do not like militaria-type books.
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"Flags of Our Fathers" is an excellent novel for various reasons: it pays homage to the six men who raised the flag on Mount Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima during World War II; it is a tribute to a father who felt strongly that the real heroes at Iwo were the boys who didn't come back; it is a testimonial to the United States Marine Corpse and its fighting men; it portrays a graphic and at times unimaginable description of the horrors of war; and, it depicts not only the indignities that we humans can suffer upon one another, but also the moments when common men are moved to perform uncommon acts of valor and courage. This is one of the most inspiring books that you will ever read. I highly recommended it.
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Flags of Our Fathers tells the story of Jack Bradley and the five other men who were pictured raising the American flag on the top of Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima in the iconic picture from WWII. Six men who didn't view themselves as heroes, but were just 'doing what had to be done' whether that meant charging up the beach at Iwo Jima through a hail of machine gun fire or helping to raise a pole that just happened to have a flag attached to it. The story and their lives can be viewed in three parts. Before the war, during the war, and (for some of them) after the war. This book is co-written by James Bradley, who is Jack Bradleys son, and who I thought did a wonderful job fleshing out the lives of the real men who were in that photo. I listened to the audio version of the book, which is also narrated well by James Bradley.

Before reading this book I had numerous misconceptions about the famous flag raising at Iwo Jima and the battle that took place on that island. Probably my biggest misconception was that the battle for Iwo Jima was over when that flag was planted on Mt. Suribachi. It wasnt. It would go on for another month. And I had also believed that D-Day at Normandy was the worst day of WWII. But as bad as that was, the first few days of Iwo Jima were worse. And I learned much more as I read this book, but Ill leave future readers to discover the rest for themselves.

While not quite as graphic as other war-based novels and memoirs that I have read, the author certainly didnt shy away from describing the horrors of war in all of their details. (For some reason, Amazon.com has this book tagged a young-adult a tag that I definitely believe does NOT apply.) But please dont let that stop you from reading this book. Ill admit that there were times I found it difficult to listen to what was happening to these six men and their fellow Marines during WWII, but for the most part it is fascinating and, more importantly, I now feel that I know these men so much better and I know at least a little bit more about WWII. I am so glad that James Bradley wrote this book and I picked it out of my TBR pile.
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One of the most eye opening books I ever read. It made me understand my father and Uncle's harsh feelings about WWII. Every bit as great as Flyboys my favorite 2 books.
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This is one of the best non-fiction historical books I have ever read! It brings to life the Marines and the great balle of Iwo Jima. It is written like an epic novel, and it will soon be a movie!
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I don't normally read history books and almost never read books about war, but this one was recommended and I decided to try it. It was a terrific read. It made me understand a little about what our military went through during extrememly difficult times. But even more it gave you insight into the lives and developement of the young men involved and the families that loved them. A great book for those who love our country and respect our servicemen.
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Re-read this in preparation for my own trip to Iwo Jima in March 2010. Powerful!

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Inside story of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. Written by James Bradley, the son of one of these heroic men.
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Really grabs you and makes you pay attention. I thought it was rather graphic and terrifying...although I read it WHILE my husband was a corpsman fighting in Iraq. If you have a loved one overseas, save this for when they get back. It makes everything even more terrifying.

After your loved one is safe, I highly recommend reading this book. It almost offers you a "field-trip" into their life for however long they were over there. It gives you a good basis to understand why they come back "different" and helps you to keep your patience when it's the hardest thing imaginable.

It also gives you hope that they will "adjust" and be mostly back to normal eventually.


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