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Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima [Paperback]

James Bradley , Ron Powers , Michael French
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May 13 2003
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.

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In the winter of 1945, on the tiny island of Iwo Jima, a ferocious, epic battle was fought, resulting in the loss of more than 48,000 lives and producing what was to become one of the most recognizable symbols of World War II: a photograph of six soldiers raising an American flag on the peak of Mount Suribachi. One of the six, Navy corpsman John Bradley, came away from this historical moment with a deep and mysterious silence about his role in the flag raising. Even his wife heard him speak of it only once in their 47-year marriage. After Bradley's death, his son James began to piece together the facts of his father's heroism, as well as that of the other five men, all of whom became reluctant heroes because of their presence during that fateful instant when the shutter clicked and created a wartime icon.

Based on James Bradley's Flags of Our Fathers for adults, this abridged version for younger readers retains the somewhat terse drama, intense heartbreak, and bittersweet triumph of the original narrative. Through his research on the event and the soldiers (three of the men were killed in combat within days of the flag raising), Bradley explores the dubious nature of heroism and the devastating effects of war. (Ages 14 and older) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Newly adapted from a bestseller for adults, Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima by James Bradley with Ron Powers, adapted by Michael French, focuses on one of the most famous of war photographs: the image of six marines raising the American flag on Iwo Jima. Bradley, son of one of those marines, investigates the lives (and deaths) of the six, closely examining their experiences to detail the brutal battle on the island, the contrast between the sense of victory projected by the photograph and the more ambiguous circumstances behind it, and the bond-raising value of the photo (and of its surviving subjects) to the Treasury Department. A photo insert adds to the immediacy of this memorable work.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Flags on Iwo Jima May 28 2003
Flags of Our Fathers is a grand book by James Bradley. It is about the small island of Iwo Jima is in the pacific region. It is a Japanese controlled airstrip close to the country of Japan. The Americans wanted to take control of this very small island because it is a prime place to re-fuel and land aircraft on, the island before they go to attack Japan. This book is about six men and the rest of the Marines and Navy that all go to the island to take control of it.

Those six men fought on that island and they raised the flag on top of Mount Suribachi. They started the famous image taken by Mr. Rosenthal.

This in my view is the greatest book in world. It is a very touching and emotional book. It was sad and really spoke to me. It is hard to believe that these men were just doing their duty.
I recommend this splendid book to anybody that wants to read a very touching book about the heros of Iwo Jima.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flags of Our Fathers - a memorable book Jan. 25 2004
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This is a most moving book about heroism born of necessity; of ordinary men who, as young marines, were propelled into the hideous island battles of the Pacific during WW2. The book tells the stories of the men who raised the flag, of those who died and those who lived, and what happened to them afterwards.

Ex-combatants sometimes find that peacetime doesn't bring happiness and the story of Ira Hayes' inablity to cope is poignant. The one who found peace, the author's father, was the one who was able to let go.
This book introduced me, a European, to a part of the war I'd known little about. It also, to my astonishment, challenged my revulsion about the use of the bomb. It puts into context the military realities of the time and the likely human cost of an invasion of Japan.
This is a human story, well told with honesty, compassion and pride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flags of Our Fathers: Heroes of Iwo Jima Dec 28 2001
By Lynn
This is the best book I ever read! Mr. Bradley made sure we all understand what these great men went through for our freedom. He was able to find quite a few of the men who were still alive from fighting on Iwo Jima and their accounts were heartbreaking. I find his details to the war to be excellent. I learned quite a bit about the war there and found myself re-reading parts over and over. I also kept a tissue handy as there were times I found myself in tears. This would be an excellent book for high school history teachers to have their kids read. I learned more here than in any history book (and I'm 38).
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This is one of the best books I have ever read. It tells the story of a picture that became famous, the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima, as well as the history of the lives of the six replacement flag-raisers it (the picture) immortalized. It traces the lives of these six different individuals from childhood, through their basic training, battle history, as well as the raising of the second flag and the aftermath. Written by the son of one of the flag raisers, it has a more personal touch to it than one might expect from a normal battle account. Once again, an excellent book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book Dec 16 2001
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This book was a terrific book. I knew very little about the battle on Iwo Jima and the flag raisers before I had read this book. My grandfather was in WWII and he has told me little about the war because it brings back bad memories. This book has let me realize why he does not enjoy talking to me about the war.I think James Bradley did a great job of telling about the battle on Mount Suribachi. I highly recommend this book to all people that are wanting to learn about World War II.
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