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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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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.
A must have for any one. I listen to books weekly. With about a million miles of driving behind me, this was the one that made me stop now and then just to collect myself before... Read morePublished 1 day ago by George E Knight Jr
Flags of our Fathers was worth the read!
I ran into a man in line at the Las Vegas Airport that suggested the book to me. Read more
It doesn't get any better than this for WWII history buffs and lovers of American history. The movie is pretty good, the book is miles above.Published 1 month ago by FubarSir