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One of those young Americans was John Bradley, a Navy corpsman who a few days before had braved enemy mortar and machine-gun fire to administer first aid to a wounded Marine and then drag him to safety. For this act of heroism Bradley would receive the Navy Cross, an award second only to the Medal of Honor.
Bradley, who died in 1994, never mentioned his feat to his family. Only after his death did Bradley's son James begin to piece together the facts of his father's heroism, which was but one of countless acts of sacrifice made by the young men who fought at Iwo Jima. Flags of Our Fathers recounts the sometimes tragic life stories of the six men who raised the flag that February day--one an Arizona Indian who would die following an alcohol-soaked brawl, another a Kentucky hillbilly, still another a Pennsylvania steel-mill worker--and who became reluctant heroes in the bargain. A strongly felt and well-written entry in a spate of recent books on World War II, Flags gives a you-are-there depiction of that conflict's horrible arenas--and a moving homage to the men whom fate brought there. --Gregory McNamee
Thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it to anyone interested in WWII history.
James Bradley's book about the six men who raised the American flag on Iwo Jima, one of whom was his father, was our local book club's recent selection.
It is because of a book like this that I am proud to be an American and ever thankful for the sacrifices that men such as these made for our benefit.
I reread it for a class Called the camera lies the required text were 2 movies Flags and Letters from Iwo Jima both directed by Eastwood as well as the book that Letters was based... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
A very balanced telling of the battle on Iwo Jima and the raising of the flag that became the iconic symbol of the war.Published 20 days ago by G. Perales
My son and I read this for summer reading and it was a very good bookPublished 21 days ago by Kathy McLaughlin
Very moving well written book and you are there. It grips you and it is hard to put the book down for this actually happened to our men. Chilling, but true and how horrible it was. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Ann S. Prather Speck
Good read. Very informative. James Bradley is clearly invested and passionate about this book. One problem - it can be a little repetitive.Published 1 month ago by Thomas Sears