By James Bradley, Ron Powers
No 1 NEW YORK occasions BESTSELLER
THE actual tale at the back of THE IMMORTAL picture 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 hearth that left the shorelines strewn with comrades, they battled to the island’s maximum height. And after mountaineering via a panorama of hell itself, they raised a flag.
Now the son of 1 of the flagraisers has written a robust account of six very varied younger males who got here jointly in a second that might stay forever.
To his relations, John Bradley by no means noted the picture or the warfare. yet after his loss of life at age seventy, his relations chanced on closed bins of letters and pictures. 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 vital island—an island riddled with jap tunnels and 22,000 enthusiast defenders who might struggle to the final man.
But possibly the main fascinating a part of the tale is what occurred after the victory. the boys within the photo—three have been killed throughout 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, exhibiting no replica of the recognized photo in his domestic, telling his son in simple terms: “The genuine 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 new release at warfare, this is often historical past advised with prepared perception, huge, immense honesty, and the fervour of a son reminiscent of his father. it's the tale of the adaptation among fact and fantasy, the that means of being a hero, and the essence of the human adventure of battle.