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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Lippincott & Crowell (May 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785823069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785823063
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,017,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The story of one of the bloodiest battles in history, resulting in the raising of the American flag on Mt. Suribachi, is documented with a personal touch; the author himself was a member of that company. It is a searing and unique account of that battle, told from the perspective of both the gallant U.S. Marines who invaded the island and the brave Japanese soldiers who defended it.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Trachta on June 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Iwo tells the tale of the battle for Iwo Jima, as a veteran of the battle, Mr. Wheeler was in an excellent position to tell us about the battle that few historians would be able to meet. Mr. Wheeler opens his book by describing the Japanese leaders and preparations for defending Iwo Jima. This is rapidly followed by the American preparations and the initial landing. The center piece is the assault and flag raising on Suribachi; concluding with the Americans taking Iwo Jima

My Likes
Mr. Wheeler tells this in a very gritty way, that of a Marine who was on the beach and tasted the sulfur in the air and dirt. When reading this book you can almost feel the shells crashing around you and know that someone is watching each move you make up the beachhead. I particularly love how Mr. Wheeler provides nice details about each of the Marines he covers; a little more than most historians would provide you. Another love is the details on E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division; his old unit. When describing his unit, Mr. Wheeler provides excellent background and feeling for the men. Particular attention is paid to the two flag raisings. Another great addition Mr. Wheeler provides is on the Japanese, their preparations and their leaders; something just starting when this book was originally written. The additional pieces about the Japanese help us to understand more about the battle.

My Dislikes
Maps. The few maps in the edition I have are of lower quality. I would have loved to have seen some nice maps included in the book that showed where the Marines were on at the end of the first day and other significant days. I also would have enjoyed having a nice breakdown of what the Japanese bunker networks looked like.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Regnal on November 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
written so excellent, one will hardly ever forget. Dramatic, shocking and sad book about proud not afraid to die but nevertheless doomed Japanese soldiers and desperate, brave, pushed to the limits Marines, all dying for..(?!). Books about Stalingrad and Monte Casino come to my mind and "Iwo" should be on your shelf together with them. Maybe your children will read it some day and try to ponder nature of wars decided by individuals (rulers/politicians) and resulting in tragedy for many; as
Bertrand Russell noted: "war does not determine who is right, only who is left".
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bobby K. on March 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This was one of the most amazing stories I've read of WWII. The bravery and sacrifices made by the men during this battle is incredible. Having only learned of my father's experiences in WWII as a Marine following his passing, I've read as many books as I can about the Marines in the Pacific. This is easily one of the best written. It's told from the view of the Marines who fought for what seemed like 24 hours a day for over a month. Most Americans know the story of the flag raising but that was long before the battle ended. As was my father, these were ordinary men who did extraodinary things to defeat the enemy on this piece of rock near the Japanese mainland.
I recently visited the Marine Corp museum where the actual flag raised on Iwo Jima is on display. This was very emotional having read about what these men accomplished and sacrificed. I recommend this book to anyone interested in learning what real heroes are all about.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John B. TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The author of this book, Richard Wheeler, was a veteran of the fighting on Iwo Jima and this is a somewhat personal account of the fighting there. By a personal account I mean one that features the names and actions of individual US marines, over broader tactical considerations. Wheeler's first book on the fighting on Iwo Jima, "The Bloody Battle for Suribachi", was a first person account of his fighting there and the flag raising on Mount Suribachi. While the present book is personal in tone, it is not a first person account and covers the all the fighting on Iwo Jima. The emphasis is, however, still on the opening phases of the battle and on the actions of his outfit, the 5th Marine Division. In fact, only about ¼ of the book is about the events that occurred after the flag raising, in spite of the fact that most of the fighting (actually about 85-90% in terms of the days of combat) and most of the casualties occurred after the flag raising. This last ¼ of the book seemed somewhat rushed and superficial. While I liked the book, I could only give it 4 stars because I felt that not enough attention was paid to most of the fighting. The book contains numerous photographs and a few maps (but in my opinion not enough maps, especially those showing the detailed evolution of the fighting).

The four star rating should not be taken to mean that I did not like this book. Wheeler makes the fighting on Iwo Jima come alive in the most personal of terms, but those seeking a fuller history may be a bit disappointed. While riveting, this personal style does not present an extremely detailed picture of most of the battle.
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By GENE on November 14, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
MY UNCLE IS IN THIS BOOK ....... A MUST READ JUST TO SEE WHAT OUR FAMILY'S PAID .... JUST TO BE FREE .
THANX .
GENE
TACOMA, WA.
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