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8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Flags of our Fathers A tale of the greatest generation of American

The memoir Flags of our Fathers, which spent 46 weeks on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list by James Bradley, was, in my opinion, a great book. It is not a regular memoir in, but it is a snapshot of an important part of the lives of the people involved. It wa...
The memoir Flags of our Fathers, which spent 46 weeks on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list by James Bradley, was, in my opinion, a great book. It is not a regular memoir in, but it is a snapshot of an important part of the lives of the people involved. It was pieced together by the author using journals, diaries, pictures, records, and the accounts of eyewitnesses and family members. The Author is not actually part of the story, but the events and facts are true. The book was about the six flag raisers on Iwo-Jima made immortal by the famous photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal. The book tells the story of these inspirational men, and specifically John Bradley, the author's father.
WWII was a war with many remarkable and savage battles, but few match the battle of
Iwo-Jima. Iwo-Jima is an 8 square mile island controlled by Japan, when the U.S attacked, the Japanese fortified the island and swore not to give ground. The fighting conditions were terrible for the marines and morale was low, however, several U.S marines climbed mount Surabachi, a center point of Japanese resistance, and raised an American flag for all to see. The event was captured forever by Joe Rosenthal, who took a photo of the six men hoisting the flag together. The book tells the tale of each of these men's journey in the battle, as they experience the horrors of war in the pacific theater, the brutal part of WWII that took place in the sandy beaches and steaming jungles of the pacific islands, and how they deal with the brutality around them, as described by John Bradley talking about his friend, "The Japanese took him underground and tortured him.it something I've always tried to forget." Several of them simply could not deal with the sights they saw and the things they did, sinking into depression or become dependant on alcohol. Only one man lived a long, untroubled life, and that was by completely locking up the memories of that traumatic chapter of his life, never speaking of it or making public appearances after the war bond drives. This is part of the message of the book: War is a terrible thing, and it affects people very seriously. I would recommend this book to some seventh graders but not all due to the strong violent content.

posted by AndrewR7A on April 7, 2009

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Awesome

My brother wanted this book so bad so my dad got it for him. I was sitting playing angry birds then i got bored and clicked flags of our father. I started to read it.... it was so intersing. GET IT IT IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...
My brother wanted this book so bad so my dad got it for him. I was sitting playing angry birds then i got bored and clicked flags of our father. I started to read it.... it was so intersing. GET IT IT IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD? I PROMISE YOU. But don't get it if you don't want to thats just my opinom.

posted by 6132730 on November 25, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    boring

    boring

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2007

    WORST book! BORING!!!

    I thought this book was the most boring book ever! I tried to read it and I fell asleep in the middle! all its about is people's lives. I didn't even know there was such name as Iwo Jima before reading this! If you don't really like biographies or non fiction don't read this!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2000

    Good Subject - Poor Authoring

    The author had a good story to tell, but he reflected a bias that subtracted from his message. Yes, Admiral Fletcher was too timid and did leave the Marines in the lurch at Guadalcanal. That is why he was replaced. But why did the author find it necessary to denigrate the Navy at every opportunity. Did he think that portraying the Navy as lacking in courage would somehow enhance the stature of his father and other Marines? Perhaps he would be well-served by reading about the Battle of Samar (Battle for Leyte Gulf). First, small Navy Destroyers were dispached to counterattack an overwhelmingly superior Japanese force consisting of Battleships and Cruisers. Next, the even-smaller Destroyer Escorts were dispatched to engage. Shortly, three DDs and one DE wre sunk. So great was their valor that a Japanese Captain, visible from his bridge, saluted one of the sinking ships. This was a David v. Goliath battle arguably unmatched in the Marine Corps history of World War II. The author's constant sniping was such an insult to brave sailors such as these, that I stopped reading the book after 150 pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2000

    Ego meets opportunity

    Although this is an interesting subject matter and the author has done his research, and most Americans do not know the personal histories of these men, it was written with such ego. It is as if the author has a very strong need to see his father as a hero in order to validate his own life. It probably would have been a better read had the writer had more distance. Otherwise, his need for us to claim his father, and ultimately himself for writing the book, as a hero completely eclipses the narrative

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