By James Bradley, Ron Powers
No 1 NEW YORK occasions BESTSELLER
THE actual tale in the back of THE IMMORTAL photo THAT HAS COME to represent THE braveness AND INDOMITABLE WILL OF AMERICA
In February 1945, American Marines plunged into the surf at Iwo Jima—and into heritage. via a hail of machine-gun and mortar fireplace that left the shores strewn with comrades, they battled to the island’s optimum height. And after mountain climbing via a panorama of hell itself, they raised a flag.
Now the son of 1 of the flagraisers has written a strong account of six very assorted younger males who got here jointly in a second that would reside forever.
To his kin, John Bradley by no means pointed out the picture or the battle. yet after his dying at age seventy, his kin came across closed containers of letters and images. In Flags of Our Fathers, James Bradley attracts on these records to retrace the lives of his father and the boys of simple corporation. Following those men’s paths to Iwo Jima, James Bradley has written a vintage tale of the heroic conflict for the Pacific’s most important island—an island riddled with eastern tunnels and 22,000 enthusiast defenders who could struggle to the final man.
But possibly the main attention-grabbing a part of the tale is what occurred after the victory. the lads within the photo—three have been killed in the course of the battle—were proclaimed heroes and flown domestic, to develop into reluctant symbols. for 2 of them, the adulation was once shattering. merely James Bradley’s father really survived, showing no replica of the well-known photo in his domestic, telling his son purely: “The actual heroes of Iwo Jima have been the fellows who didn’t come back.”
Few books ever have captured the complexity and furor of battle and its aftermath in addition to Flags of Our Fathers. A penetrating, epic examine a iteration at battle, this can be background instructed with prepared perception, huge, immense honesty, and the eagerness of a son harking back to his father. it's the tale of the adaptation among fact and fantasy, the which means of being a hero, and the essence of the human event of warfare.