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Flags of Our Fathers (2000)

af James Bradley, Ron Powers

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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * This is the true story behind the immortal photograph that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America 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 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.… (mere)
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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.

Adrianne ( )
  Adrianne_p | 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 | Jan 3, 2023 |
The book was itself a gripping page turner, but as you will see from the end of this review, there is more to my emotions connected with its reading. I was going to write "immensely enjoyable" concerning the book, but there was way too much gore for that. And warning, it's not bedtime reading. However, aside from the battlefield scenes it is a book that needs to be read.

The protagonist, the author's father, john or "Jack" Bradley was one of six that were in the iconic picture of the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima. As it happens the flag raising was one of the few relatively mellow interludes at Iwo Jima. Thus Jack Bradley did not regard himself as a hero. Nor did all but one of the flag raisers.

The military aspect is important; if not for the soldiers who fought, died and faced indescribable brutality we might not be blessed with the freedoms we take too much for granted. Freedom isn't free. The next time anyone tells you that America is not a great country, though with blemishes, or you think that yourself, do yourself a favor; read this book or, as applicable, hand someone a copy.

The subtext of the book consists of the core American values it describes; the simple decency that helps make our nation great. After the war ended he avoided publicity, shunned the inevitable hero worship, and spent his time concentrating on running a business and raising a family based on integrity and kindness.

Back in what must have been late 2006 I took my stepfather of more than 30 years out to see the movie "Flags of Our Father." He had fought in WW II, in North Africa and I believe Europe. That was a major part in our almost lifelong bond. I believe, but am not certain, that I got the book from his shelf. I may have purchased it as a holiday or birthday gift. His life in many respects echoed that mantra of decency, integrity and kindness that I have cherished while he was alive and for the more than six years since his passing. ( )
  JBGUSA | Jan 2, 2023 |
Great war story by son of one of the flag raisers at Iwo Jima. The father was a medic there. Pretty good film by Eastwood also. (First read in 2003).

I read it again in 2014 and it still is one of the best ever. ( )
  kslade | Dec 8, 2022 |
James Bradley is the son of John Bradley, one of the six Marines who raised the flag on Iwo Jima. The Marines and the Japanese were in a fight to the death with no quarter given. The fighting on this island was one of the decisive factors in the decision to drop the atomic bomb. There were many instances of outstanding courage, but the picture set these six men apart forever. Great book, about ordinary men doing great things. ( )
  bgknighton | May 29, 2022 |
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Mothers should negotiate between nations.

The mothers of the fighting countries would agree:

Stop this killing now. Stop it now.

—Yoshikuni Taki
This book is a gift from Frankie, from Charlie's Library, 2017.
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In the spring of 1998, six boys called to me from half a century ago on a distant mountain and I went there.
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2000 edition: Flags of our fathers / James Bradley with Ron Powers;
juvenile adaptation issued in 2001 as: Flags of Our Fathers; Heroes of Iwo Jima

This book was the basis of the movie 'Flags of Our Fathers.'
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * This is the true story behind the immortal photograph that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America 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 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.

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