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Flags of Our Fathers

ISBN-10: 0553589342
ISBN-13: 9780553589344
Edition: Movie Tie-In 
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Description: In this unforgettable chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American military history, James Bradley has captured the glory, the triumph, the heartbreak, and the legacy of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. Here is the true story  More...

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Book details

List price: $7.99
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/29/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

In this unforgettable chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American military history, James Bradley has captured the glory, the triumph, the heartbreak, and the legacy of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. Here is the true story behind the immortal photograph that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America. In February 1945, American Marines plunged into the surf at Iwo Jima--and into history. Through a hail of machine-gun and mortar fire that left the beaches strewn with comrades, they battled to the island's highest peak. And after climbing through a landscape of hell itself, they raised a flag. Now the son of one of the flagraisers has written a powerful account of six very different young men who came together in a moment that will live forever. To his family, John Bradley never spoke of the photograph or the war. But after his death at age seventy, his family discovered closed boxes of letters and photos. In Flags of Our Fathers, James Bradley draws on those documents to retrace the lives of his father and the men of Easy Company. Following these men's paths to Iwo Jima, James Bradley has written a classic story of the heroic battle for the Pacific's most crucial island--an island riddled with Japanese tunnels and 22,000 fanatic defenders who would fight to the last man. But perhaps the most interesting part of the story is what happened after the victory. The men in the photo--three were killed during the battle--were proclaimed heroes and flown home, to become reluctant symbols. For two of them, the adulation was shattering. Only James Bradley's father truly survived, displaying no copy of the famous photograph in his home, telling his son only: "The real heroes of Iwo Jima were the guys who didn't come back." Few books ever have captured the complexity and furor of war and its aftermath as well as Flags of Our Fathers. A penetrating, epic look at a generation at war, this is history told with keen insight, enormous honesty, and the passion of a son paying homage to his father. It is the story of the difference between truth and myth, the meaning of being a hero, and the essence of the human experience of war. From the Hardcover edition.

Stephanie Barron was born in Binghamton, New York in 1963. She received a Bachelor's degree in European history from Princeton University and a Master's degree in history from Stanford University. She worked as an intelligence analyst at the CIA. She wrote her first book in 1992 and left the Agency a year later. She is the author of the Jane Austen Mystery series.Author James Bradley is the son of Doc Bradley, one of the flagraisers. He is a writer and speaker living in Westchester County, New York.

Ron Powers is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who lives in Vermont.

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