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10 thoughts on “Flags of our Fathers

  1. says:

    I read the book before the movie The movie, directed by Clint Eastwood is almost entirely dedicated to the book s last chapters where the author describes the after war lives of the heroes and yes, despite what Bradley and Eastwood believe, these men ARE heroes regardless of the father Bradley s protests.After describing the battle and events of the flag raising on Mount Suribachi, the author describes how the men s lives turned sour as the US War Machine exploited them for the 7th War Bond Drive and then abandoned them That s one way of looking at it, I guess but personally, I would rather read stories that inspire me, educate me, and lift my spirit After all, this is why we read, isn t it This book had potential to be great and could have earned 5 stars had it not taken the cynical twist that it did after the flag raising.The last pages of the book somewhat angered me that the author would think so little of the men s well deserved recognition They weren t heroes because they happened to be at the right place, at the right time for an opportune photo that subsequently became the symbol of America s sacrifice for freedom They were heroes for setting foot on the island Period This is than I can say for myself and it takes great fortitude to overcome a man s fears to face death, yet step onto that beach anyway.Bradley and Eastwood just don t get it The photo honors ALL the fallen veterans and honors ALL the parents who gave their sons during WWII Family s back home suffered great anxiety, sorrow, and fear for their sons and this memorial is for them too for their sacrifices God bless the heroes who died in the waters at Iwo Jima s beaches, the heroes who gave all on the putrid island, the heroes who fought and died or survived in every engagement of this war, and God bless the HEROES who raised the flags on Mount Suribachi God will reward them even if Bradley and Eastwood won t.


  2. says:

    On Veteran s Day and other such days when the mind wanders over the ultimate sacrifice made by brave men and women during our world s troubled times, for Americans there are few images iconic than the picture of the flag raising on Iwo Jima during WWII Flags of Our Fathers was penned by James Bradley, the son of one of the men in that picture This story is about that experience, what led up to it and what came after It is engaging and less depressing than expected Certainly it is not all flag waving victory for one and all involved Bitter sorrow surrounded some of the participants However, on the whole, that moment in time stands for hard fought victory Today is a day to honor the idea behind the image, this metaphor for comradeship Whenever you might read it, Bradley s book makes the reader feel as if everyday is Veteran s Day.


  3. says:

    Flags of Our Fathers tells the amazing true story of Iwo Jima and The Photograph, by creating a fairly complete picture of the six boys men in the photo It recounts basic ideas of their childhoods and their training as Marines, the battle itself, and the lives of those who survived including Bradley s father after the war These men, who wanted nothing else but to be left alone, were thrust into the spotlight because of a lucky picture at a not so heroic moment in time The picture became a sensation, the most reproduced photo, and the boys became heroes They were very much heroes, not because of the flagraising, but for having done the same thing every other soldier had done on Sulfur Island risking their lives for their country and their friends.My basic assessment of the book is Content excellent Execution mediocre The middle of the book, which gives the details of the actual battle, was very compelling I didn t want to put it down However, the beginning and the end seemed redundant The problems with the book do not come from the unbelievable story or its scope, but they come in the structure In the beginning, I was very frustrated by the sentence fluency, but after talking to a friend about the book and reading further I realized it was the organization that was lacking Bradley repeats the same ideas over and over Really, the book could have been a lot shorter a couple hundred pages shorter my version was the short, fat one I do wonder if the YA version would be less redundant without losing the great details Also, he obviously has a bit of a bias, but it s to be expected, and I don t think it gets too in the way of the important details.But through all of this, I am very glad that I read it The information surprised shocked me a little, but I don t know much about the Japan side of WWII It s always good to be reminded of the horrors of war and to empathize with those who have been, who are going, and who have sent their loved ones The story made me surprisingly emotional than I would have thought.


  4. says:

    Full disclosure I wasn t able to finish this book, so if you re one of those people who says you can t judge it til you finish, you don t need to read this I, however, don t need to get to the end to know I just hated this book, and am writing a review to warn others and remind myself why I didn t finish it I read a good amount of history stuff in this vein Not a huge amount, but a lot than the average American I think, and this is the only one I have come across so far that felt exploitative After the first few chapters I started to feel like Bradley was trying to make a living off of his father s life I tried to push through, give him the benefit of the doubt, but I got about half way through and the impression just deepened That s when I checked the reviews on Goodreads and realized a lot of other people had the same impression There was just too much of Bradley in it It s not really their story, it s his, about his epic journey to publicize their lives I can t really point to anything specific in the text, its just the overall impression I get.The other thing that bothers me is that some of the details he shares from these men s lives are very personal There s even a few where he talks about how it was a secret that they kept, they never wanted anyone to know, and yet here he is, publishing it for the world to see, making money off it And a lot of them weren t relevant to the story either, it was just dramatic fodder And yet, despite the fact that Bradley seems to have made a career out of this picture, he constantly downplays the importance of the moment, saying that they were just in the right or wrong place at the right or wrong time That s alright for his father to say, because its his experiences, his life But you can t go around saying someone else s bravery was just luck Sure, it was a lot of chance that put them in the actual picture, but the story isn t just the picture And even if it was, they stand for all the soldiers, all the courage shown and sacrifices made Bradley makes it sound like he doesn t think they should really be celebrated, because they just happened to be there He misses the entire point.As if all that wasn t bad enough, it s badly written, as in literally, the prose is bad It rambles, its repetitive, it basically reads like a diary entry or a spoken story that hasn t been edited at all A lot of it sounds kind of like Eat, Pray, Love, where the author is deeply meditating on something internal Self serving crap if you ask me, but I tend to be very literal, so if you find meaning in stuff like that, you may enjoy his writing style.Basically, it was a badly written attempt to make money off someone else s pain.


  5. says:

    Like most people, I had no idea what the real context was for the famous photograph of soldiers raising the US flag at Iwo Jima Nor did I understand the military significance of that campaign, or the cost in lives it required over 8000 US soldiers killed and almost 20,000 wounded and over 20,000 Japanese killed This book is presented as the story of the 6 men who appear in the photo The first section gives their backgrounds and life stories, and dragged a bit, but made the rest much personal these were REAL PEOPLE involved in this struggle The last part discusses the aftermath, particularly the struggle to cope emotionally with something as horrific as this kind of battle But it s the middle section that grabs your heart I ve never seen such a vivid portrayal of combat, written in a way that portrayed the terror, the strategizing, the campaigns, and especially the incredible bravery and self sacrifice You come away with a deep appreciation for the discipline and loyalty of the Marine Corps for the desperation but willing sacrifice of the Japanese defenders and for those Americans who were common men doing uncommon things truly heroes, in the purest sense of the word I was lucky to read this book on planes to and from Florida, just in time for Memorial Day.


  6. says:

    I don t often read historical nonfiction, but this book was superb I was very moved by the countless acts of sacrifice made by the men who fought at Iwo Jima.This is a riveting narrative about the six young American flag raisers in the famed picture Author James Bradley is the son of corpsman John Bradley one of the men in the photo and it was only after his father s death when he began to piece together culminating events, as his father never talked about the war but for The heroes of Iwo Jima are the guys who didn t come back The book includes background on each man, subsequently proceeding to their enlistment, training, fighting, and of course the photograph Only three of the six flag raisers survived the battle Highly recommended And don t see the movie, it stinks.


  7. says:

    This was a good book, the intent of the author was good, but I didn t like so many personal comments from him I don t care that he stared at the picture that this book is based around for hours at a time in a daze, or any other comments he made like that I think that the fact that he added those into the book took away from honoring those he was writing about It seemed selfish and cocky of him His personal comments seemed like a tribute to himself and his intellect than to those who fought in battle Otherwise this book was good, the facts are solid and you are very anxious to find out and as the book goes on I hope this doesn t sound too harsh, but this is how I feel about the book.


  8. says:

    5Q 2P A YAJames Bradley s book is a masterpiece of historical writing that will not wear down readers with heavy language or intimidate with hundreds of pages This is a biography written about the five men who raised the United States flag on Mount Suribachi on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima during the second World War Bradley s father along with two other men Ira Hayes and Rene Gagnon survived the attack on the island and were sent home on orders from the United States government after a photograph of the scene had been sent home The unforgettable picture became a national phenomena and would forever change the lives of the three surviving soldiers.This book is a fascinating read as the author recreates the oral stories of these men from either direct conversation or other sources related to them It will please any young reader who has interest in World War II or an American history enthusiast The battle scenes described in this book allows the reader to become emotionally invested in the lives of these heroic men The author holds nothing back when it comes to describing the horrors of pain and death in the battlefields.Perhaps impressive and unique is the author s ability to describe the home lives of the three men as they come back from fighting Each man carries the burden of his trials in their own way Again the author does not sugarcoat any of the domestic struggles these men went through These honest accounts makes the reader reflect upon the misconceptions of glamourizing war, decorated home lives, and the invincible image of heroes While not taking away from their courage and heroics on the battlefield, the author keeps these men humbled and human by not hiding anything For example, one man Ira Hayes must deal with the fact that he is a Native American living in a white man s world Without his uniform, he is nothing but another Indian drunk in the eyes of the public.This book would not appeal to most young adult readers because of the content inside Those looking for a John Wayne war story will want to look elsewhere The imagery is very intense and graphic The description of the domestic struggles of the three men is also not a pretty picture either, which might turn off some readers looking for a feel good story Readers interested in the subject will definitely get into this title with no problem, but other than that it would likely take a lot of convincing to find other young adults to pick this one up.


  9. says:

    Unreadable Book begins with the author detailing a trip Iwo Jima with family member where he took great delight in being photographed peeing off the side of the mountain monument dedicated to the battle that took place there That is right this man by special permission was invited to the Japanese island of Iwo Jima and onto the Japanese military base and stood on a monument dedicated to the thousands of men who fought and died there and decided it would be awesome if he peed on all of it I don t care if the men who fought there did that in some kind bolstering attempt to deal with what they had and would yet experience, that land is now sacred as the author alludes to in the title of the chapter Sacred Ground and you just don t do that Imagine if we reversed the situation and the son of one of the pilots who bombed Pearl Harbor was invited to the memorial site and decided to be photographed peeing of one of the monuments or into the water above the Arizona And this is what the author wants you to know of himself Classless, disgusting, and entirely without honor.Sadly the book doesn t get better from there It is full of repetitions, contradictions, cliches, and outright falsehoods which are then, of course, repeated The author continually switches from third person to first person even inside the same paragraphs and past tense to present tense To give us a sense of the boys he is writing about he spoke with and quotes wives, mothers, brothers, and former fianc s everyone of them named of all the boys but one needless to say every single one of these boys were saints and angels and rang entirely false The one boy left out, Rene, was for some reason hated by the author who could barely bring himself to write anything at all about the boy and when he did detailed the varied flaws backed up by general quotes from unnamed friends Moreover, the continual claims that the US contributed nothing to winning the war in Europe entirely done by Russia it seems something that would no doubt surprise my grandfather who landed on Utah Beach at Normandy and no other country contributed to the US winning the American War in the Pacific added to the author s never ending claims that the Marines single handedly won this American War while everyone else just were just bumbling idiots who cost the Marines their lives was beyond annoying and moved back into the realm of disgusting.And my goodness, do a little research, man The author briefly wonders why Ira the Native American of the group started drinking before the war Let s see, I wonder if just maybe there is a little research out there about Native Americans and alcohol It is too bad that the author couldn t muster up his oft written abilities of staring into the famous picture to learn everything he needed to know about the men that raised that flag or hear their voices guiding him on his path of research Maybe he could should have asked Ira himself why he started drinking And while we are on the topic of Ira, there is not a trace of racism mentioned in the entire first half of the book I don t buy that for a minute He did, however, seem to have been able to use this little research tool in discovering what the boys were thinking about things they never discussed with a single living soul Can you tell yet that I was thoroughly disgusted by this book It was poorly researched and poorly written I imagine this has something to do with the difficulty Bradley faced in getting it published and why no historians military or otherwise were jumping up and down to offer reviews or forwards for the work I only read the first half


  10. says:

    CourageA noble virtue that has sometimes been bastardized By people who engage in reckless abandon By jerks who just long for publicity By showbiz scum who wash their dirty linen in public The latest local one with the initials K.A But there was a time when REAL courage meant facing bullets, bombs, and staring death in the face, not for personal glory or just for the kick of it, but for freedom, liberty, and justice And saving other people s lives.The Allied men and women Filipinos included who served and fought in the Second World War were raised in the Great Depression and rose up against it They then left or were forced to leave their peaceful lives to fight and defeat fascism and militarism And many were killed and wounded in that terrible conflict But not in vain.In this start of the Holy Week, may we be reminded of the true meaning of courage Like Jesus, who entered Jerusalem knowing that he would meet his death and Resurrection in a week s time Like the Allied men and women of the Second World War To face evil and confront it, despite the odds.In memoriam.


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Flags of our Fathers summary pdf Flags of our Fathers, summary chapter 2 Flags of our Fathers, sparknotes Flags of our Fathers, Flags of our Fathers 93326a5 In This Unforgettable Chronicle Of Perhaps The Most Famous Moment In American Military History, James Bradley Has Captured The Glory, The Triumph, The Heartbreak, And The Legacy Of The Six Men Who Raised The Flag At Iwo Jima Here Is The True Story Behind The Immortal Photograph That Has Come To Symbolize The Courage And Indomitable Will Of AmericaIn February , 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 FlagNow The Son Of One Of The Flagraisers Has Written A Powerful Account Of Six Very Different Young Men Who Came Together In A Moment That Will Live ForeverTo 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 In Flags Of Our Fathers, James Bradley Draws On Those Documents To Retrace The Lives Of His Father And The Men Of Easy Company Following These Men S Paths To Iwo Jima, James Bradley Has Written A Classic Story Of The Heroic Battle For The Pacific S Most Crucial Island An Island Riddled With Japanese Tunnels And , Fanatic Defenders Who Would Fight To The Last ManBut Perhaps The Most Interesting Part Of The Story Is What Happened After The Victory The Men In The Photo Three Were Killed During The Battle Were Proclaimed Heroes And Flown Home, To Become Reluctant Symbols For Two Of Them, The Adulation Was Shattering Only James Bradley S Father Truly Survived, Displaying No Copy Of The Famous Photograph In His Home, Telling His Son Only The Real Heroes Of Iwo Jima Were The Guys Who Didn T Come Back Few Books Ever Have Captured The Complexity And Furor Of War And Its Aftermath As Well As Flags Of Our Fathers A Penetrating, Epic Look At A Generation At War, This Is History Told With Keen Insight, Enormous Honesty, And The Passion Of A Son Paying Homage To His Father 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 From The Hardcover Edition

  • Paperback
  • 382 pages
  • Flags of our Fathers
  • James D. Bradley
  • English
  • 08 February 2018
  • 9780553384154

About the Author: James D. Bradley

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