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    DescriptionIn 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."


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    Title
    Flags of Our Fathers
    Subtitle
    A Young People's Edition
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ron Powers, By (author) Michael French, By (author) James Bradley
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 104 mm
    Height: 175 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 136 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780440229209
    ISBN 10: 0440229200
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: Y4.2
    BIC subject category V2: YQH
    BIC E4L: NF13+, HIS
    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 217
    B&T Book Type: JF
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: MMP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940, CHRN/ERLY20
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 38
    Ingram Theme: CULT/OCEANA
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 22860
    Ingram Subject Code: YT
    Libri: I-YT
    BISAC V2.8: JNF025130, JUV016080
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 940.54/26
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    DC22: 940.542528
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    DC21: 940.542528
    LC classification: D767.99.I9 B73 2005
    LC subject heading: ,
    Edition statement
    Reissue
    Illustrations note
    HALFTONE MAPS & AN 8-PAGE B&W PHOTO INSERT
    Publisher
    Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
    Imprint name
    Laurel (imprint of Dell Publishing)
    Publication date
    01 September 2006
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    James Bradley is the son of John "Doc" Bradley, one of the six flagraisers. A speaker and a writer, he lives in Rye, New York. Ron Powers is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist. He is the author of "White Town Drowsing" and "Dangerous Water: A Biography of the Boy Who Became Mark Twain." He lives in Vermont. "From the Hardcover edition."
    Review quote
    "The best battle book I ever read. These stories, from the time the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima enlisted, their training, and the landing and subsequent struggle, fill me with awe."--Stephen Ambrose "From the Hardcover edition."
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    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 hishome, 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.