Flags of our fathers (Bradley, James)(2000, paperback)

Regular price $6.00

In February 1945, American marines plunged into the surf at Iwo Jima anto 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 on which James Bradley draws 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 Pacifica’s most crucial island - an island riddled with sixteen miles of tunnels and defended by Japanese soldiers determined to fight to the death. In the thirty-six days of fighting, almost fifty-thousand men lost their lives. Above all a human-and personal-story, few books have captured so brilliantly or so movinglynthe complexity of war and its aftermath and the true meaning of heroism.