By James Bradley, Ron Powers
Number 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 historical past. via a hail of machine-gun and mortar hearth that left the seashores 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 various younger males who got here jointly in a second that might dwell forever.
To his kin, John Bradley by no means talked about the photo or the struggle. yet after his demise at age seventy, his kin found closed packing containers of letters and pictures. In Flags of Our Fathers, James Bradley attracts on these records to retrace the lives of his father and the lads 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 eastern tunnels and 22,000 enthusiast defenders who may struggle to the final man.
But probably the main attention-grabbing a part of the tale is what occurred after the victory. the lads within the photo—three have been killed through the battle—were proclaimed heroes and flown domestic, to turn into reluctant symbols. for 2 of them, the adulation was once shattering. merely James Bradley’s father really survived, exhibiting no reproduction of the recognized photo in his domestic, telling his son merely: “The actual heroes of Iwo Jima have been the blokes who didn’t come back.”
Few books ever have captured the complexity and furor of struggle and its aftermath in addition to Flags of Our Fathers. A penetrating, epic examine a new release at struggle, this is often historical past informed with willing perception, huge, immense honesty, and the fervour of a son harking back to his father. it's the tale of the variation among fact and fable, the that means of being a hero, and the essence of the human event of conflict.