Description: In this remarkably powerful book James Bradley takes as his starting point one of the most famous photographs of all time. In February 1945 American Marines plunged into the surf at Iwo Jima and into a hail of machine-gun and mortar fire from 22,000 Japanese. After climbing through a hellish landscape and on to the island's highest ...
Description: In this remarkably powerful book James Bradley takes as his starting point one of the most famous photographs of all time. In February 1945 American Marines plunged into the surf at Iwo Jima and into a hail of machine-gun and mortar fire from 22,000 Japanese. After climbing through a hellish landscape and on to the island's highest peak six men were photographed raising the stars and stripes. One of those soldiers was the author's father, John Bradley. He never spoke to his family about the photograph or about the war but, after his death in 1994, they discovered closed boxes of letters and photos which James Bradley draws on to retrace the lives of his father and his five companions. Following these men's paths to Iwo Jima, Bradley has written a classic story of the heroic battle for the Pacific's most crucial island - an island riddled with 16 miles of tunnels and defended by Japanese soldiers determined to fight to the death. In 36 days of fighting almost 50,000 men lost their lives. Above all a human - and personal - story, few books have captured so brilliantly or so movingly the complexity of war and its aftermath and the true meaning of heroism. 'The best battle book I ever read.' Stephen Ambrose.
I have not had a chance to read much in it yet, but what I have read is very intriguing. The author has a great wealth of information to enjoy.
Mar 20, 2014
Detailed Account of the Flag Raising
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the stories of the six men that raised the flag on Mt Suribachi on Iwo Jima and many other men that were there and were the true hero's of the battle to take the island. This book depicts the horror of battle and the determination of the defenders and the US Marines .
Oct 31, 2013
terrific book on the men who fought and gave their all for our country when called upon. I highly recommend this book ...if you are looking for a real life experience on the battle of Iwo Jima this is the book for you....After reading this book you felt like you were part of the Bradley family and all that they experienced. I am so glad for this book
Apr 11, 2013
Book arrived on time and in new condition.
The book is is excellent. Characters are well developed and the writing brings them back to life.
Mar 25, 2008
a great war novel
i don't ussualy read books like this but a friend recomended it and i went out and got it. i read the lengthy novel in two weeks. even though clint eastwood did a great job on both iwo jima movies it would have taken a meticulous and long movie to do this book any justice. i would recomend it to anybody.
Publishers Weekly, 2000-05-08 Say "Iwo Jima," and what comes to mind? Most likely a famous photograph from 1945: six tired, helmeted Marines, fresh from a long, terrifying and bloody battle, work together to raise the American flag on Mount Suribachi. Bradley's father, John, was one of the six. In this voluminous and memorable work of popular history mixed with memoir, Bradley and Powers (White Town Drowsing) reconstruct those Marines' experiences, and those of their Pacific Theater comrades. The authors begin with the six soldiers' childhoods. Soon enough, bombs have fallen on Pearl Harbor, and by May '43 the young men have become proud leathernecks. Bradley and Powers incorporate accounts of specific battles, like "Hellzapoppin Ridge" (Bougainville, December '43), and pull in corps life and lore, from the tough-minded to the slightly silly, from mandatory penis inspections (medics checking for VD) to life in the pitch-dark of "Tent City No. 1." And they cover the strategy and tactics leading up to the awful battle for the island?the navy's disputed plans for offshore bombardment, cut at the last minute from 10 days to three; the 16 miles of Japanese underground tunnels, far more than Allied intelligence expected. A quarter of the book follows the fighting on Iwo Jima, sortie by sortie. The final chapters pursue the veterans' subsequent lives: Bradley and Powers set themselves against often-sanctimonious tradition, retrieving the stories of six more or less troubled individuals from the anonymity of heroic myth. A simple thesis emerges from all the detail worked into this touching group portrait, in a comment by John Bradley: "The heroes of Iwo Jima are the guys who didn't come back." No reader will forget the lesson. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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