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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 AmericaIn February , 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 flagNow 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 foreverTo 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 , fanatic defenders who would fight to the last manBut 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


10 thoughts on “Flags of Our Fathers

  1. sean sean says:

    I read the book before the movie The movie, directed by Clint Eastwood is almost entirely dedicated to the book s last chapters where the author describes the after war lives of the heroes and yes, despite what Bradley and Eastwood believe, these men ARE heroes regardless of the father Bradley s protests.After describing the battle and events of the flag raising on Mount Suribachi, the author describes how the men s lives turned sour as the US War Machine exploited them for the 7th War Bond D I read the book before the movie The movie, directed by Clint Eastwood is almost entirely dedicated to the book s last chapters where the author describes the after war lives of the heroes and yes, despite what Bradley and Eastwood believe, these men ARE heroes regardless of the father Bradley s protests.After describing the battle and events of the flag raising on Mount Suribachi, the author describes how the men s lives turned sour as the US War Machine exploited them for the 7th War Bond Drive and then abandoned them That s one way of looking at it, I guess but personally, I would rather read stories that inspire me, educate me, and lift my spirit After all, this is why we read, isn t it This book had potential to be great and could have earned 5 stars had it not taken the cynical twist that it did after the flag raising.The last pages of the book somewhat angered me that the author would think so little of the men s well deserved recognition They weren t heroes because they happened to be at the right place, at the right time for an opportune photo that subsequently became the symbol of America s sacrifice for freedom They were heroes for setting foot on the island Period This isthan I can say for myself and it takes great fortitude to overcome a man s fears to face death, yet step onto that beach anyway.Bradley and Eastwood just don t get it The photo honors ALL the fallen veterans and honors ALL the parents who gave their sons during WWII Family s back home suffered great anxiety, sorrow, and fear for their sons and this memorial is for them too for their sacrifices God bless the heroes who died in the waters at Iwo Jima s beaches, the heroes who gave all on the putrid island, the heroes who fought and died or survived in every engagement of this war, and God bless the HEROES who raised the flags on Mount Suribachi God will reward them even if Bradley and Eastwood won t


  2. Jason Koivu Jason Koivu says:

    On Veteran s Day and other such days when the mind wanders over the ultimate sacrifice made by brave men and women during our world s troubled times, for Americans there are few imagesiconic than the picture of the flag raising on Iwo Jima during WWII Flags of Our Fathers was penned by James Bradley, the son of one of the men in that picture This story is about that experience, what led up to it and what came after It isengaging and less depressing than expected Certainly it is n On Veteran s Day and other such days when the mind wanders over the ultimate sacrifice made by brave men and women during our world s troubled times, for Americans there are few imagesiconic than the picture of the flag raising on Iwo Jima during WWII Flags of Our Fathers was penned by James Bradley, the son of one of the men in that picture This story is about that experience, what led up to it and what came after It isengaging and less depressing than expected Certainly it is not all flag waving victory for one and all involved Bitter sorrow surrounded some of the participants However, on the whole, that moment in time stands for hard fought victory Today is a day to honor the idea behind the image, this metaphor for comradeship Whenever you might read it, Bradley s book makes the reader feel as if everyday is Veteran s Day


  3. Adrienne Adrienne says:

    Flags of Our Fathers tells the amazing true story of Iwo Jima and The Photograph, by creating a fairly complete picture of the six boys men in the photo It recounts basic ideas of their childhoods and their training as Marines, the battle itself, and the lives of those who survived including Bradley s father after the war These men, who wanted nothing else but to be left alone, were thrust into the spotlight because of a lucky picture at a not so heroic moment in time The picture became a s Flags of Our Fathers tells the amazing true story of Iwo Jima and The Photograph, by creating a fairly complete picture of the six boys men in the photo It recounts basic ideas of their childhoods and their training as Marines, the battle itself, and the lives of those who survived including Bradley s father after the war These men, who wanted nothing else but to be left alone, were thrust into the spotlight because of a lucky picture at a not so heroic moment in time The picture became a sensation, the most reproduced photo, and the boys became heroes They were very much heroes, not because of the flagraising, but for having done the same thing every other soldier had done on Sulfur Island risking their lives for their country and their friends.My basic assessment of the book is Content excellent Execution mediocre The middle of the book, which gives the details of the actual battle, was very compelling I didn t want to put it down However, the beginning and the end seemed redundant The problems with the book do not come from the unbelievable story or its scope, but they come in the structure In the beginning, I was very frustrated by the sentence fluency, but after talking to a friend about the book and reading further I realized it was the organization that was lacking Bradley repeats the same ideas over and over Really, the book could have been a lot shorter a couple hundred pages shorter my version was the short, fat one I do wonder if the YA version would be less redundant without losing the great details Also, he obviously has a bit of a bias, but it s to be expected, and I don t think it gets too in the way of the important details.But through all of this, I am very glad that I read it The information surprised shocked me a little, but I don t know much about the Japan side of WWII It s always good to be reminded of the horrors of war and to empathize with those who have been, who are going, and who have sent their loved ones The story made me surprisinglyemotional than I would have thought


  4. Keatley Keatley says:

    Full disclosure I wasn t able to finish this book, so if you re one of those people who says you can t judge it til you finish, you don t need to read this I, however, don t need to get to the end to know I just hated this book, and am writing a review to warn others and remind myself why I didn t finish it I read a good amount of history stuff in this vein Not a huge amount, but a lotthan the average American I think, and this is the only one I have come across so far that felt explo Full disclosure I wasn t able to finish this book, so if you re one of those people who says you can t judge it til you finish, you don t need to read this I, however, don t need to get to the end to know I just hated this book, and am writing a review to warn others and remind myself why I didn t finish it I read a good amount of history stuff in this vein Not a huge amount, but a lotthan the average American I think, and this is the only one I have come across so far that felt exploitative After the first few chapters I started to feel like Bradley was trying to make a living off of his father s life I tried to push through, give him the benefit of the doubt, but I got about half way through and the impression just deepened That s when I checked the reviews on Goodreads and realized a lot of other people had the same impression There was just too much of Bradley in it It s not really their story, it s his, about his epic journey to publicize their lives I can t really point to anything specific in the text, its just the overall impression I get.The other thing that bothers me is that some of the details he shares from these men s lives are very personal There s even a few where he talks about how it was a secret that they kept, they never wanted anyone to know, and yet here he is, publishing it for the world to see, making money off it And a lot of them weren t relevant to the story either, it was just dramatic fodder And yet, despite the fact that Bradley seems to have made a career out of this picture, he constantly downplays the importance of the moment, saying that they were just in the right or wrong place at the right or wrong time That s alright for his father to say, because its his experiences, his life But you can t go around saying someone else s bravery was just luck Sure, it was a lot of chance that put them in the actual picture, but the story isn t just the picture And even if it was, they stand for all the soldiers, all the courage shown and sacrifices made Bradley makes it sound like he doesn t think they should really be celebrated, because they just happened to be there He misses the entire point.As if all that wasn t bad enough, it s badly written, as in literally, the prose is bad It rambles, its repetitive, it basically reads like a diary entry or a spoken story that hasn t been edited at all A lot of it sounds kind of like Eat, Pray, Love, where the author is deeply meditating on something internal Self serving crap if you ask me, but I tend to be very literal, so if you find meaning in stuff like that, you may enjoy his writing style.Basically, it was a badly written attempt to make money off someone else s pain


  5. Paul Haspel Paul Haspel says:

    The flagraisers at Iwo Jima made history, though they couldn t have known it at the time When six American fighting men raised a United States flag atop Mount Suribachi on February 23, 1945, an Associated Press photographer quickly snapped a photograph that became The Photograph the most reproduced, most iconic photo ever taken And it changed forever the lives of all involved in it Flags of Our Fathers, a 2000 bestseller later adapted into a 2006 Clint Eastwood film, was written by James Br The flagraisers at Iwo Jima made history, though they couldn t have known it at the time When six American fighting men raised a United States flag atop Mount Suribachi on February 23, 1945, an Associated Press photographer quickly snapped a photograph that became The Photograph the most reproduced, most iconic photo ever taken And it changed forever the lives of all involved in it Flags of Our Fathers, a 2000 bestseller later adapted into a 2006 Clint Eastwood film, was written by James Bradley, whose father, Jack Bradley, was a U.S Navy corpsman who was identified as being one of the flagraisers Bradley recalls how his father almost never talked about his service in the Second World War not about the Battle of Iwo Jima, and certainly not about The Photograph This book represents Bradley s attempt to understand the experiences of his father and the other flagraisers, both before and after the war.The six flagraisers came from across the United States of America, and reflected the diversity of the American experience Mike Strank was a Pennsylvania sergeant who was known and respected for his professionalism and his dedication to his men Franklin Sousley was a cheerful young man from the Appalachian highlands of Kentucky Harlon Block had been a star player for a legendary high school football team in Texas s Rio Grande Valley Ira Hayes was a Native American, from the Pima nation of Arizona Rene Gagnon, from a New Hampshire mill town family, was known for his darkly handsome looks And Jack Bradley, the author s father, grew up in a devoutly Catholic household in Wisconsin.It is moving to read Bradley s tribute to the ordinary Marine riflemen who had to do the dirty work of dislodging Japanese soldiers from Pacific islands that those soldiers were determined to defend to the deathIt was the rifleman, slogging ashore in the teeth of murderous fire It was the rifleman, surrounded by the screams and the floating corpses of his buddies It was the rifleman, scared and exposed and unprotected by armor of any sort, peering through the smoke and confusion for a glimpse of an individual enemy It was the rifleman who would determine the outcome of America s Warp 105 The reference to America s War sets forth Bradley s sense that, in contrast with the European theatre of war where allies of many nations worked together, the Pacific war was virtually an all American affair an assessment with which at least some Australians and New Zealanders might well disagree.Bradley also writes well about the flagraisers Japanese adversaries on Iwo Jima, virtually all of whom died on the island, emphasizing the corruption of Bushido that was wrought by Japan s malignant military regime A traditional samurai might expect to die in combat and be honored for it He might kill himself to atone for a moral mistake or a failure of courage But suicide as an expression of ultimate sacrifice for one s country was not a traditional samurai value This was a construct of a deranged military establishment cynically bent on extracting the maximum utility from its issen gorin penny soldiers p 207 The difference between the Japanese and American forces on Iwo Jima, as Bradley sees it, is that The Japanese enemy would fight to the death for the Emperor That motive made them formidable But these boys would fight to the death for one another And that motive made them invincible pp 146 47.Part of Bradley s purpose in writing Flags of Our Fathers is to dispel popular illusions regarding the Battle of Iwo Jima For one, the flagraising shown in The Photograph was not the first flag raising of the battle a first flagraising had occurred earlier on February 23, 1945, but that first flag had been concealed by a Marine officer who did not want that flag taken away from his unit It was that second flagraising that photographer Joe Rosenthal snapped a moment that flagraiser Gagnon dismissed as being about as significant as going to the mailbox p 334 , but a picture that spoke volumes to an embattled American nation s sense of itselfPeople would always remember where they were the moment they saw the photo, as others would later remember President Kennedy s death The flagraising photograph signaled victory and hope, a counterpoint to the photos of sinking ships at Pearl Harbor that had signaled defeat and fear four years beforep 220.Another widely held misconception regarding Iwo Jima is that The Photograph represents the moment of final victory in the battle The picture has that look, but in fact the battle went on for another month and three of the flagraisers Strank, Sousley, and Block would be among the 6800 Americans killed in the battle.The three surviving flagraisers faced a celebrity, a hero status, that they did not want As Jack Bradley once told his son James, The heroes of Iwo Jima are the guys who didn t come back p 343 But the American people wanted heroes, and the U.S government needed help raising money to push the Pacific War forward toward final victory Consequently, Bradley, Gagnon, and Hayes were drafted for a new form of service soliciting citizen donations for the nation s Seventh Bond Drive, the Mighty 7th Each of the flagraisers responded differently to this pressure Bradley returned as quickly as possible to quiet civilian life as a funeral director in Wisconsin, and politely turned down all requests for interviews about his war years Gagnon spent his post war years waiting, sometimes bitterly, for his celebrity status to bring him a prosperity that never quite materialized And Hayes slowly succumbed to alcoholism.Some readers of Flags of Our Fathers will be aware that the U.S Marine Corps, after an exhaustive investigation, concluded that the sixth flagraiser shown in The Photograph was not Jack Bradley, but rather was a U.S Marine named Howard Schultz Author James Bradley has said since then that he thinks his father was in the first photograph but believed he was in the second not that any of that takes away from Jack Bradley s heroism during the battle.One finishes Flags of Our Fathers with a strong sense of the heroism of the Marines who fought at Iwo Jima the engagement that Bradley calls America s most heroic battle p 247 Perhaps part of the reason why this book speaks to me so strongly is because I live in Northern Virginia, a region where war and its remembrance are so prominent an aspect of the social and cultural landscape Yesterday, for example, my wife and I took a visiting friend to Arlington National Cemetery On the way home, we drove by the Iwo Jima Memorial, where Felix de Weldon s sculpture preserves the image from The Photograph as part of the official iconography of the Washington area.And there is another reason why I am thinking of this book today, on this Father s Day My father, who served in the United States Navy as a lieutenant j.g., is buried with my mother at Arlington On this Father s Day, I find myself thinking about my father s service to this nation, as Bradley has spent so much of his life thinking about his father s service Like Bradley s father, my father came home from his military service, got married, built a career, and raised children in a safe, peaceful, secure, stable household All of us who were fortunate enough to have a dad like Bradley s father, or like my father, will find Flags of Our Fathers to be a particularly powerful reading experience


  6. W W says:

    Movie reviewThis was the first part of Clint Eastwood s bold experiment of making two films about the battle of Iwo Jima,from opposing perspectives.This is a fine film,though the other film,Letters from Iwo Jima,is even better.Commercially,the film didn t succeed.The photograph of the US marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima is iconic.This is the story of those soldiers and what happened to them afterwards.The battle scenes are good,as expected.However,the soldiers would not have an easy time of Movie reviewThis was the first part of Clint Eastwood s bold experiment of making two films about the battle of Iwo Jima,from opposing perspectives.This is a fine film,though the other film,Letters from Iwo Jima,is even better.Commercially,the film didn t succeed.The photograph of the US marines raising the flag on Iwo Jima is iconic.This is the story of those soldiers and what happened to them afterwards.The battle scenes are good,as expected.However,the soldiers would not have an easy time of it afterwards.Three men are left alive from a squad of eight.When they are asked to identify the men in the photograph by the press,one is misidentified and that leads to trouble with the family of that man.Of the three men left alive,one is a native American,he faces discrimination and becomes an alcoholic.Another has to become a janitor.The third one issuccessful and tells the story to his son.A good film,3.5 stars


  7. Boudewijn Boudewijn says:

    In 1945, the Second World War was still raging in the Pacific Ocean On the island of Iwo Jima one of the bloodiest battles from the war took place When five Marines and an army doctor plant the American flag on a volcano, they instantly become famous in their home country Only three managed to survive the slaughter and were haunted untill the end of their days.James D Bradley traces the lives of these 6 men, from the moment they joined the Marines untill they died For John Bradley, Rene Gag In 1945, the Second World War was still raging in the Pacific Ocean On the island of Iwo Jima one of the bloodiest battles from the war took place When five Marines and an army doctor plant the American flag on a volcano, they instantly become famous in their home country Only three managed to survive the slaughter and were haunted untill the end of their days.James D Bradley traces the lives of these 6 men, from the moment they joined the Marines untill they died For John Bradley, Rene Gagnon and Ira Hayes this meant well after the Second World War, as they were the only ones who survived.Ira Hayes is the one who couldn t cope, Rene Gagnon the one who tried to capitalize and John Bradley the one who tried to forget Being the son of John Bradley, I was suprised this wasn t a biography, but actually a real good history book He stays to the facts, and his descriptions of the actual battle s are on par with the best historians out there, while at the same time he manages to struck a personal cord by describing the relationship with his father A truly 5 star read


  8. David David says:

    Like most people, I had no idea what the real context was for the famous photograph of soldiers raising the US flag at Iwo Jima Nor did I understand the military significance of that campaign, or the cost in lives it required over 8000 US soldiers killed and almost 20,000 wounded and over 20,000 Japanese killed This book is presented as the story of the 6 men who appear in the photo The first section gives their backgrounds and life stories, and dragged a bit, but made the rest muchp Like most people, I had no idea what the real context was for the famous photograph of soldiers raising the US flag at Iwo Jima Nor did I understand the military significance of that campaign, or the cost in lives it required over 8000 US soldiers killed and almost 20,000 wounded and over 20,000 Japanese killed This book is presented as the story of the 6 men who appear in the photo The first section gives their backgrounds and life stories, and dragged a bit, but made the rest muchpersonal these were REAL PEOPLE involved in this struggle The last part discusses the aftermath, particularly the struggle to cope emotionally with something as horrific as this kind of battle But it s the middle section that grabs your heart I ve never seen such a vivid portrayal of combat, written in a way that portrayed the terror, the strategizing, the campaigns, and especially the incredible bravery and self sacrifice You come away with a deep appreciation for the discipline and loyalty of the Marine Corps for the desperation but willing sacrifice of the Japanese defenders and for those Americans who were common men doing uncommon things truly heroes, in the purest sense of the word I was lucky to read this book on planes to and from Florida, just in time for Memorial Day


  9. Leah Leah says:

    I don t often read historical nonfiction, but this book was superb I was very moved by the countless acts of sacrifice made by the men who fought at Iwo Jima.This is a riveting narrative about the six young American flag raisers in the famed picture Author James Bradley is the son of corpsman John Bradley one of the men in the photo and it was only after his father s death when he began to piece together culminating events, as his father never talked about the war but for The heroes of Iwo I don t often read historical nonfiction, but this book was superb I was very moved by the countless acts of sacrifice made by the men who fought at Iwo Jima.This is a riveting narrative about the six young American flag raisers in the famed picture Author James Bradley is the son of corpsman John Bradley one of the men in the photo and it was only after his father s death when he began to piece together culminating events, as his father never talked about the war but for The heroes of Iwo Jima are the guys who didn t come back The book includes background on each man, subsequently proceeding to their enlistment, training, fighting, and of course the photograph Only three of the six flag raisers survived the battle Highly recommended And don t see the movie, it stinks


  10. Trisha Trisha says:

    This was a good book, the intent of the author was good, but I didn t like so many personal comments from him I don t care that he stared at the picture that this book is based around for hours at a time in a daze, or any other comments he made like that I think that the fact that he added those into the book took away from honoring those he was writing about It seemed selfish and cocky of him His personal comments seemedlike a tribute to himself and his intellect than to those who fou This was a good book, the intent of the author was good, but I didn t like so many personal comments from him I don t care that he stared at the picture that this book is based around for hours at a time in a daze, or any other comments he made like that I think that the fact that he added those into the book took away from honoring those he was writing about It seemed selfish and cocky of him His personal comments seemedlike a tribute to himself and his intellect than to those who fought in battle Otherwise this book was good, the facts are solid and you are very anxious to find outandas the book goes on I hope this doesn t sound too harsh, but this is how I feel about the book