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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.
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 10 days ago by FubarSir
Great historical information and an easy read. This book does a good job of taking the reader into what must have been the thoughts and feelings of marines who served on Iwo JimaPublished 21 days ago by Kurt Ebner
Not the easiest read. The author does a great job of bringing the flag raisers to life but the set up is slow. The battle is not a slow read, at all. Well worth reading. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Elizabeth Giustina
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 1 month ago by Al ReinerAmazon Customer