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James Bradley (1) (1954–)

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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. (Publisher Provided) James Bradley was born in Wisconsin in 1954. He received a degree in East Asian history from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He vis mere worked in the corporate communications industry in the United States, Japan, England and South Africa over the next twenty years. His father, John Bradley, was one of the six men who became famous for being photographed raising the American flag on Mt. Suribachi. He wrote about the six men in his first book Flags of Our Fathers, which was adapted into a movie. His other books include Flyboys and The Imperial Cruise. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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What If? 2: Eminent Historians Imagine What Might Have Been (2001) — Bidragyder — 1,016 eksemplarer
Booknotes: Stories from American History (2001) — Bidragyder — 454 eksemplarer

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This book was a birthday present from Brent & Heidi (Card is still in book.

FROM AMAZON: Flyboys is the true story of young American airmen who were shot down over Chichi Jima. Eight of these young men were captured by Japanese troops and taken prisoner. Another was rescued by an American submarine and went on to become president. The reality of what happened to the eight prisoners has remained a secret for almost 60 years.
After the war, the American and Japanese governments conspired to cover up the shocking truth. Not even the families of the airmen were informed what had happened to their sons. It has remained a mystery - until now. Critics called James Bradley's last book "the best book on battle ever written." Flyboys is even better: more ambitious, more powerful, and more moving. On the island of Chichi Jima those young men would face the ultimate test. Their story - a tale of courage and daring, of war and of death, of men and of hope - will make you proud, and it will break your heart.… (mere)
Gmomaj | 41 andre anmeldelser | Jun 4, 2023 |
FROM AMAZON: This Edition: A True Story of Courage is an extraordinary of Navy and Marine airmen on a remote Pacific island is sent to bomb Japanese communication towers. They were all shot down. One was rescued by a U.S. Navy submarine. The others were captured by the Japanese soldiers and held prisoner. Then they disappeared. This is their story.
Gmomaj | 41 andre anmeldelser | May 29, 2023 |
My brother told me this was "the best book he'd ever read" so I went into reading it expecting that. I was fooled by the first two chapters or so and thought "Wow, this is going to be a great book!"

And then the military propaganda started. And then the "Japan was such a terrible country ... here's what it did to it's people..." The first portion of the book I have "Bullshit" and other harsh comments written along the margin because it is such bullshit and crap propaganda.

Before I was even half way done with the book I stopped reading it because I was enjoying it (there was nothing about this book to enjoy) and was just "hate reading it" -- hoping/believing it has to get better (my brother said it was the best book he'd ever read!) ... and also really curious how things turned out once the guys get home.

Unsurprisingly, the US Government and Military so the flag raising and the flag raisers as cash cows and IMMEDIATELY sent them on tour to sell war bonds to make money for the military so they could continue to go to battle and kill people. The boy did not even have an opportunity to get treated for the war wounds! They were immediately sent on tour.

The surprising part for me was when I eventually did a Google search to get a better idea of what happened to the guys that survived after the war, specifically the father of the author. The author had made his dad out to be this amazing man who only did right for the remainder of his life -- he served his city and his town and was on all the boards and never did anything wrong the remainder of his life. He praised his father so highly I was, like, "Surely, after this man died it came out that he was a pedophile or a serial killer."

What I found is that the father, that the book is mainly about, who was such an upright and noble man, that never wanted to discuss his role in raising the flag ... was such a humble man and his family didn't even know he was a flag raiser until after he died and they were going through his things ... was NEVER one of the flag raisers. He played the part and took all the glory that was sent his way when he was alive -- staring in two movies and going on the government funded tour, sitting to he sculpted to be depicted in the monument that was eventually made off the photo ... WAS NEVER ONE OF THE FLAG RAISERS!

This was a horrible book and is going straight into my recycling bin. If I had a fireplace or a fire pit I would use it as kindling.

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Adrianne_p | 45 andre anmeldelser | Jan 16, 2023 |
Only got about 50 pages in. Not my kind of book. Also, I gather from Wikipedia that it turns out the author’s father wasn’t really in the famous photo, although that shouldnt really matter I guess.
steve02476 | 45 andre anmeldelser | Jan 3, 2023 |



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