The Flags of Our Fathers

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  • Topic: Battle of Iwo Jima, Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, Ira Hayes
  • Pages : 3 (1159 words )
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  • Published : December 4, 2012
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The Flags of Our Fathers
The Flags of Our Fathers was a novel written by James Bradley with Ron Powers. James Bradley was born in 1954 in Wisconsin. Bradley studied at the University of Notre Dame, Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan and graduated with a degree in East Asian History from the University of Wisconsin. Bradley is the author of two other books named Flyboys: A True Story of Courage and The Imperial Cruise. He has traveled the world, living and working in more than 40 countries for nearly a decade. He has run companies in the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy. He has jumped out of airplanes at 15,000 feet, has scuba-dove in deep waters worldwide, traveled to Mount Everest's base camp and walked among lions in Africa. This book, The Flags of Our Fathers, is about the efforts and resilience of the men who fought in the battle of Iwo Jima. In February 1945, American Marines entered into the surf at Iwo Jima. Through a volley of machine-gun and mortar fire, they battled to the island's highest peak. And after climbing through a landscape of misery itself, they raised a flag. To his family, John Bradley never spoke of the photograph or the war. But after his death at age seventy, his family discovered closed boxes of letters and photos. James Bradley has written a classic story of the heroic battle for the Pacific's most crucial island. But the most interesting part of the story is what happened after the victory. The men in the photo, three of the six were killed during the battle, were designated heroes and flown home. For two of them, the praise was shattering. Only James Bradley's father truly survived, displaying no copy of the famous photograph in his home. It is the story of the difference between truth and myth, the meaning of being a hero, and the essence of the human experience of war.

Important points that the author James Bradley was trying to make in the book would have to be about mothers, heroism, and misguided...
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