This is an inside story of Iwo Jima and the 6 guys behind the "raising of a flag". Some of the chapters were background information about the guys and why they joined the branch of service that they did and where they grew up. Other chapters were pretty intense with the machine gun fire and people exploding. Of course, by the end of the book, I had tears in my eyes. I am glad that this book was written. Wow- my heart goes out to the military families.