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4.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 5 4.09 (11 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Bradley, Ron Powers Narrator: James Bradley, Barry Bostwick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN: 9780553752816
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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 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 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.

But 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. Download and start listening now!


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

Listener Opinions

  • 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

Barry Bostwick has appeared in movies, television, and in musical theater. He played Brad Majors in the cult classic film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and on television he appeared in the comedy Spin City with Michael J. Fox. In 1972 he received a Tony Award nomination for originating the role of Danny Zuko in the Broadway musical Grease. He then won a Tony Award in 1977 for his role in the musical The Robber Bridegroom. Bostwick continues to work in television.