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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (15,210 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Bradley, Ron Powers Narrator: Stephen Hoye Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781415928356
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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 flagraisers has written a powerful account of six very different young men who came together in a moment that will live forever.

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. 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 22,000 fanatic defenders who would fight to the last man.

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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Unforgettable ... one of the most instructive and moving books on war and its aftermath that we are likely to see ... its portrayal rivals Saving Private Ryan in its shocking, unvarnished immediacy. The New York Times
  • The best battle book I ever read. These stories, from the time the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima enlisted, their training, and the landing and subsequent struggle, fill me with awe. Stephen Ambrose
  • A powerful book whose vivid and horrific images do not easily leave the mind ... [Flags of Our Fathers] relates the brutalizing story of Iwo Jima with a fine eye for both the strategic imperative and the telling incident. The Boston Globe
  • Brings a heartfelt personal dimension to this penetrating and insightful look at an American icon.... Flags of Our Fathers captivates as the story behind a famous photo, a story that lives on in a son’s heart. National Review
  • “The best battle book I ever read…These stories, chronicling the time the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima enlisted, their training, and the landing, and subsequent struggle, fill me with awe.”

    Stephen E. Ambrose, New York Times bestselling author of The Wild Blue

  • “Unforgettable…One of the most instructive and moving books on war and its aftermath that we are likely to see…Its portrayal rivals Saving Private Ryan in its shocking, unvarnished immediacy.”

    New York Times

  • “A powerful book whose vivid and horrific images do not easily leave the mind…[Flags of Our Fathers] relates the brutalizing story of Iwo Jima with a fine eye for both the strategic imperative and the telling incident.”

    Boston Globe

  • “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.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • Winner of the 2001 Colby Award
  • #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of Margaret A. Edwards Award (Alex Awards), 2001

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamelneville | 2/20/2014

    " Everytime I see and/or read books on the heroism, sacrife, and patroitism of service men and women paved the way for freedom and democracy, I reminded of the many blessings we Americans have and must not take for granted. I enjoyed Flag of our Fathers for manner reason, but largely on how James Bradley takes the reader was past the often romanticized look at war and its warriors, and into the heart of them. I especially appreciated how he illustrated the life of humility is father exemplified. Great book. Looking forward to checking out the movie! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kassie | 2/19/2014

    " Read this as recommended by T Mockler while in Haiwaii. Good, but sobering..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Nolan | 2/18/2014

    " I was a little put-off when I received this book as a Christmas gift because war books are typically not my thing. However, as soon as I opened it and started reading, I could not put this down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana Spychalla | 2/17/2014

    " Great book, horrible movie. The book really makes you feel connected to each man who raised that flag. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timm | 2/13/2014

    " The most interesting aspect of this true story was the impact on the lives of the men and their families after this famous event of WWII "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Delan | 2/7/2014

    " Compliments: It has a lot of information in it. Good description for each soldier who raised the flag on Iwo Jima. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan Hasselberg-Reitz | 1/25/2014

    " Good book- I'm a huge WWII person, so that's probably why I liked it so much :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colleen Hill | 1/14/2014

    " This book is extremely well written and a fantastic book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crystal Apilado | 12/22/2013

    " I usually really like these types of stories, but this one was a bit slow to me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alicia | 11/19/2013

    " This was an okay book. Some of the parts were dull, while others are intresting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann Freeman | 11/3/2013

    " Very good account of the six flag raisers on Iwo Jima - their lives before the war, their battle experiences, and their lifeafter. Also provided a realistic view of the war against Japan in the Pacific Islands. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derrick | 10/14/2013

    " A great book from the Pacific theater that shows the true costs of war. A halfway decent movie too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian allen | 8/3/2013

    " The greatest generation. Enough said. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 6/6/2013

    " Very engaging book that allows the reader a peek into the travesty and necessity of war. I appreciate the real story behind the photograph and learning about the men who risked all getting to the top of that mountain in the middle of nowhere. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Dhillon | 2/8/2013

    " How we got where we are. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhoda | 2/5/2013

    " A difficult but well written story of the men involved in the raising of the flag over Iwo Jima. A different look at WWII and insight into our Marine Corps. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine | 10/27/2012

    " Great book. I loved that the author had such a personal connection to the story. It made me feel as if I, too, shared that connection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 9/3/2012

    " A book club selection that provided the total picture of what happened at Iwo Jima and how it impacted the warrior's life and those that loved them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 8/2/2012

    " Recommend it to anyone! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cassidy | 8/16/2011

    " The book isn't well written, but I enjoyed all the WWII history. This and Ghost Soldier tell about the Pacific War against Japan...a very different war than we fought in Europe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lon | 7/23/2011

    " I think this book should be required reading for every U.S. citizen. Written in a very straight forward style it vividly and, even at times brutally, relates the sacrifice of the "Greatest Generation." I will never look at the famous flag raising photo the same way again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naida | 6/24/2011

    " A picture, it is said, paints a thousand words. Well, this book reveals the story and the identity of the six soldiers behind the hoisting of the flag at Mount Suribachi in Iwo Jima. You'll be surprised to learn the story behind one of the iconic photographs of World War 2. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Victoria | 5/22/2011

    " I read this before the watching the movie and it was a decent read. The fact that these boys are portrayed as everyday people more than heroes have made the book a little humbler in reading about patriotism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darrell | 4/28/2011

    " Amazing just plain amazing. To learn the true story of the fighting and history of the flag that went up on Iwo Jima. The story of those heroes who like most today do not consider themselves heroes. American pride will never die. Bless this country. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Droach3 | 4/17/2011

    " Gave me a whole new outlook on these 6 "heroes". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Drew | 4/14/2011

    " Excellent read. If you ever wondered what courage looked like, just imagine yourself with these poor kids as they are being mowed down by vicious machine gun fire as they stormed the beach on Iwo Jima. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 4/12/2011

    " A great book, a must read.. Although many have seen the movie, much more will be learned by reading the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 4/7/2011

    " A must read, to show you the cost of freedom. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 4/3/2011

    " Interesting. Not a great writer but still a page turner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susannah | 4/1/2011

    " I'm on disc 3 track 4 or disc 4 track 3. I can't remember. I had to take it back to the library. So far I like it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 3/30/2011

    " Bragging alert: I read this before the movie came out; and on the recommendation of my grandfather, who fought in the Pacific.

    I don't remember much except liking it. I read it in paperback so it must have been into high school that I read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darren | 3/24/2011

    " Great book - I'd highly reccomend it. It's biography style which some won't like. Really highlights some important things about our war with Japan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chip | 3/23/2011

    " Amazing story not just for the different paths those men took to get to that point in history, but for the persistence of the author to find out more about who his Dad was and what he accomplished. Great read. "

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About the Author

James Bradley is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Flyboys and Flags of Our Fathers, among other books, and is the son of one of the men who raised the American flag on Iwo Jima. He is also the founder of the James Bradley Peace Foundation.

About the Narrator

Stephen Hoye has worked as a professional actor in London and Los Angeles for more than thirty years. Trained at Boston University and the Guildhall in London, he has acted in television series and six feature films and has appeared in London’s West End.