Flags of Our Fathers is a The New York Times bestselling book by James Bradley and Ron Powers about the six United States marines who would eventually be made famous by Joe Rosenthal’s lauded photograph of the U.S. flag-raising over Iwo Jima, one of the costliest and most horrifying battles of World War II’s Pacific Theater. The film adaptation Flags of Our Fathers (2006) was directed by Clint Eastwood and produced by Eastwood and Steven Spielberg.
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. 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 flag raisers has written a powerful account of six very different young men who came together in a moment that will live forever. Bradley delivers a story that will grab the reader with its intensity of feeling. It takes one from the mills of Manchester, New Hampshire, to the hollows of Appalachia, from the heat of the Rio Grande Valley in Texas to the iron smelters of Pennsylvania and into the arid desert of Arizona. It is a story of valor and courage in unbelievable amounts. In 36 days of terrible conflict, there were 25,851 American casualties, including 7,000 dead.
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