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Iwo Jima: Portrait of a Battle: United States Marines at War in the Pacific Hardcover – Aug 15 2006

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A New Photographic Insight into Iwo Jima Oct. 1 2006
By B. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have read several books on the Battle of Iwo Jima, but most texts have very few photos of this monumental event in World War II, and the same ones are often seen from book to book. This book brings many, many images to light that have been gathering dust in governmental and military archives for six decades. In the first 10 pages alone, I had only seen maybe one of the images before. This type of photographic record should be published for every major American campaign of the Second World War. Now, I just wonder how many Iwo Jima photos that were not used in the book will sit unseen for another 60 years.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A Sense Of Brotherhood Feb. 9 2007
By Delbert B. Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
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In reading this book and examining the photographs, I couldn't help but develop an eternal feeling for all those Marines who fought and died on that stinking piece of real estate. The photographs are awe inspiring by showing everyone the hell all those young Marines went through. I can't invision the kind of torture they suffered, not only from the terrain, but from the enemy entrenched in their caves, bunkers, and pillboxes. To be sujected to this kind of murderous ordeal truly shows the bravery and heroic actions by these Marines, and every American today should be damn thankful for the sacrifices people like they and others made for them. Everytime I saw the photos of dead Marines in this book I just literally cried. I have never seen some of these photos, and seeing these young Marines laying in the waste of black lava as their final resting spots really got to me. Some never had a chance, others died weeks later after hard fought combat, and some like three of the flag raisers on Suribachi, never got to enjoy the fame and glory of their action. This is a great book, a sad book, but a book every American should read and look at. Eric Hammel did a masterful job of writing and organizing this book, and he did proud justice to all those brave Marines who fought and died on Iwo Jima. I highly recommend this book.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Stark, spare, haunting, beautiful March 18 2007
By huckledude - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Hammel's text is spare but precise, and tightly interwoven with the photographs. It is difficult to exaggerate the quality of the photographs in this volume, which is beautifully produced and bound. The large format and glossy paper do justice to the photos. The extreme resolution and fine detail of the black & white photographs are breathtaking and haunting; use of a magnifying glass reveals the faces and expressions of men wholly consumed in, and being consumed by, their fearsome tasks. This is a work of beauty and awesome respect.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Incredible achievement Dec 14 2006
By T.S. Fischer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is so incredible that Zenith Press and Eric Hammel should win an award for it. The photos collected are hard to believe, as they capture the intense action like no other collection of war photos I have ever seen. The citations of the Medal of Honor winners are elegantly presented as well, adding even more depth to the captions and text supplied by the author. I saw it in a bookstore with the metallic words shining on the black cover, and I thought it looked more like a beautiful memorial marker, and not just a book. The photographs have been laying dormant for more than half a century and suddenly the Marines that fought those 30+ days are right in front of you in the heat of the battle. Absolutely excellent.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A 'must' for any serious military collection. Nov. 6 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Plenty of books have been written on one of the bloodiest wars Americans have ever encountered, but none hold the visual impact of IWO JIMA, which pairs vintage black and white photos with a 'you are there' history of events during the battle, during which hundreds of rockets and bombs hit virtually any spot on the island. Eric Hammel is a military historian who has collected many previously unpublished photos of Marines in action and combat: IWO JIMA is a historically significant, major release and a 'must' for any serious military collection.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch