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Flags of Our Fathers Flags of Our Fathers PDF/EPUB ☆ Flags of ePUB flags kindle, fathers kindle, Flags of kindle, Flags of Our FathersFlags of Our Fathers PDFThe Battle of Iwo Jima, fought in the winter ofon a rocky island south of Japan, brought a ferocious slice of hell to earth in a month Flags of ePUB Ï s time,than , Japanese soldiers would die defending a patch of ground a third the size of Manhattan, while nearly , Americans fell taking it from them The battle was a turning point in the war in the Pacific, and it produced one of World War II s enduring images a photograph of six soldiers raising an American flag on the flank of Mount Suribachi, the island s commanding high point One of those young Americans was John Bradley, a Navy corpsman who a few days before had braved enemy mortar and machine gun fire to administer first aid to a wounded Marine and then drag him to safety For this act of heroism Bradley would receive the Navy Cross, an award second only to the Medal of Honor Bradley, who died in , never mentioned his feat to his family Only after his death did Bradley s son James begin to piece together the facts of his father s heroism, which was but one of countless acts of sacrifice made by the young men who fought at Iwo Jima Flags of Our Fathers recounts the sometimes tragic life stories of the six men who raised the flag that February day one an Arizona Indian who would die following an alcohol soaked brawl, another a Kentucky hillbilly, still another a Pennsylvania steel mill worker and who became reluctant heroes in the bargain A strongly felt and well written entry in a spate of recent books on World War II, Flags gives a you are there depiction of that conflict s horrible arenas and a moving homage to the men whom fate brought there Gregory McNameeSay Iwo Jima, and what comes to mind Most likely a famous photograph fromsix 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 Maythe young men have become proud leathernecks Bradley and Powers incorporate accounts of specific battles, like Hellzapoppin Ridge Bougainville, December, 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 NoAnd they cover the strategy and tactics leading up to the awful battle for the islandAthe navy s disputed plans for offshore bombardment, cut at the last minute fromdays to three themiles of Japanese underground tunnels, farthan 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 sixor 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 CopyrightReed Business Information, Inc.

  • Hardcover
  • 576
  • Flags of Our Fathers
  • James Bradley
  • English
  • 27 October 2019
  • B000JMKN7E

About the Author: James Bradley

Flags of Our Fathers PDF/EPUB ☆ Flags of ePUB flags kindle, fathers kindle, Flags of kindle, Flags of Our FathersFlags of Our Fathers PDFI was born in Wisconsin surrounded by a loving family of ten and loved swimming in cold lakes When I was a boy I read an article Flags of ePUB Ï by former president Harry Truman recommending historical biographies for young readers His reasoning was that it was easy to follow the storyline of someones life, and they would absorb the history of the times on the journey History soon became my favorite subject and I have been an active reader all my lifeWhen I was thirteen years old I read an article by James Michener in Readers Digest which I paraphrase When youre twenty two and graduate from college, people will ask you, What do you want to do Its a good question, but you should answer it when youre thirty five Michener went on to write that his experiences wandering the globe as a young man later inspired his works on Afghanistan, Spain, Japan and other places When I was nineteen years old, I lived and studied in Tokyo for one year I later brought my Japanese friends home to Wisconsin My father, John Bradley, had helped raise an American flag on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima and had shot a Japanese soldier dead My dad warmly welcomed my Japanese buddiesI traveled around the world when I was twenty one, from the US to Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, France, Germany, Italy, England and back to the United States At twenty three I graduated with a degree in East Asian history from the University of Wisconsin at MadisonFor the next twenty years I worked in the corporate communications industry in the United States, Japan, England and South AfricaIn my late thirties I took a year off to go around the world again On this trip I made it to base camp on Mt Everest and walked among lions in AfricaMy father died when I was forty years old My search to find out why he didnt speak about Iwo Jima led me to write Flags of Our Fathers and establish the James Bradley Peace Foundation Flags of Our Fathers went on to be a bestseller and a movie, but few saw its potential at first In fact, as this New York Times article documents, twenty seven publishers turned the book down over a period of twenty five months This difficult and humbling birthing process inspired my live presentation Doing the ImpossibleIn a WWII veteran of the Pacific revealed to me that the US government had kept secret the beheading deaths of eight American airmen on the Japanese island of Chichi Jima, next door to Iwo Jima After researching their deaths, I informed the eight families and the world of the unknown facts in my book second book Flyboys One flyboy got away His name was George Herbert Walker Bush After writing two books about WWII in the Pacific, I began to wonder about the origins of Americas involvement in that war The inferno that followed Japans attack on Pearl Harbor had consumed countless lives, and believing theres usually smoke before a fire, I set off to search Asia for the original irritants The result of that search is my third book, The Imperial CruiseI am working on my fourth book, about Franklin Delano Roosevelt and China Above my desk are the framed words of James Michener Just because you wrote a few books, the world is not going to change You will find that you will go to sleep and awaken as the same son of a bitch you were the day beforeFor the past ten years, the James Bradley Peace Foundation and Youth For Understanding have sent American students to live with families overseas Perhaps in the future when we debate whether to fight it out or talk it out, one of these Americans might make a difference.