Flags of Our Fathers

Flags of Our Fathers

James Bradley, Ron Powers

number one NEW YORK instances BESTSELLER

THE actual tale at the back of THE IMMORTAL photo THAT HAS COME to represent THE braveness AND INDOMITABLE WILL OF AMERICA

In February 1945, American Marines plunged into the surf at Iwo Jima—and into heritage. via a hail of machine-gun and mortar hearth that left the shores strewn with comrades, they battled to the island’s maximum top. And after hiking via a panorama of hell itself, they raised a flag.

Now the son of 1 of the flagraisers has written a robust account of six very diverse younger males who got here jointly in a second that might reside forever.

To his family members, John Bradley by no means pointed out the picture or the struggle. yet after his dying at age seventy, his relatives chanced on closed bins of letters and pictures. In Flags of Our Fathers, James Bradley attracts on these files to retrace the lives of his father and the lads of straightforward corporation. Following those men’s paths to Iwo Jima, James Bradley has written a vintage tale of the heroic conflict for the Pacific’s most vital island—an island riddled with eastern tunnels and 22,000 enthusiast defenders who might struggle to the final man.

But possibly the main fascinating a part of the tale is what occurred after the victory. the lads within the photo—three have been killed in the course of the battle—were proclaimed heroes and flown domestic, to develop into reluctant symbols. for 2 of them, the adulation used to be shattering. simply James Bradley’s father really survived, showing no reproduction of the well-known picture in his domestic, telling his son purely: “The genuine heroes of Iwo Jima have been the blokes who didn’t come back.”

Few books ever have captured the complexity and furor of conflict and its aftermath in addition to Flags of Our Fathers. A penetrating, epic examine a iteration at struggle, this is often historical past instructed with willing perception, huge, immense honesty, and the eagerness of a son reminiscent of his father. it's the tale of the variation among fact and fantasy, the that means of being a hero, and the essence of the human event of warfare.

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