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3.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 53.25 out of 5 3.25 (4 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry Smith Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2008 ISBN: 9781400177219
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On February 19, 1945, nearly 70,000 American soldiers invaded a tiny volcanic island in the Pacific. Over the next thirty-five days, approximately 28,000 soldiers died, including nearly 22,000 Japanese and 6,821 Americans, making Iwo Jima one of the costliest battles of World War II. Bestselling oral historian Larry Smith dug deep for exclusive stories from Iwo Jima veterans, including the last surviving flag raiser on Mount Suribachi, a Navajo "code talker," a retired general, two Medal of Honor recipients, B-29 flyers, and other die-hard Marines who secured the island. Along the way, Smith investigates the controversy surrounding the famous photograph by Joe Rosenthal and presents the groundbreaking story of Japanese General Tadamichi Kuribayashi, rumored to have committed suicide rather than submit to capture. Iwo Jima is an unprecedented look at this pivotal battle and an inspiring study in courage, perseverance, and humanity. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “This audiobook is a must for all WWII aficionados.”


  • This audiobook is a must for all WWII aficionados. AudioFile
  • “Eminently readable and historiographically useful.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucas | 4/28/2010

    " The narrator takes on different speaking styles for each section which is something I haven't encountered before. I'm not sure if there is any real connection to how the sources spoke, but some of the voices get repeated a few times through after he runs out of characterizations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 4/17/2010

    " This book contains in-depth stories told to the author by men and women who were there and actively involved in the action one way or another. I love World War II history and this book was no disappointment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marci | 5/22/2009

    " This is a collection of stories from men who participated in the battle of Iwo Jima. There were some really interesting and riveting stories and some that I couldn't wait to get through. The author's comments were often insightful but also frequently pointless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 3/29/2009

    " I can't put it down... first-hand accounts bring it home and to the heart. "

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About the Author

Larry Smith is an adjunct associate professor of economics at the University of Waterloo, and a recipient of the University of Waterloo’s Distinguished Teacher Award. During his long-standing tenure, Smith has taught more than twenty-three thousand students, representing more than 10 percent of UW’s alumni. Millions from all over the world have viewed his provocative TEDx talk, and the numbers continue to grow daily. Professor Smith is also president of Essential Economics Corporation, an economic consulting practice that serves a wide range of public and private clients. The firm specializes in forecasting and in the economics of innovation and development.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and thirty-four AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.