Flags of Our Fathers by James D. Bradley

Flags of Our Fathers

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 ...

Details Flags of Our Fathers

TitleFlags of Our Fathers
Release DateAug 29th, 2006
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, War, Military Fiction, World War II

Reviews Flags of Our Fathers

  • sean
    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...
  • Jason Koivu
    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 more 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 more engaging an...
  • Adrienne
    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 no...
  • Keatley
    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 more than the average American I think, and this is the ...
  • David
    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...
  • Leah
    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 neve...
  • Trisha
    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 more like a tribute ...
  • Andrew Backs
    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 or...
  • Courtney Burns
    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 ...
  • Michael Gerald
    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 peopl...
  • Donna
    I enjoyed this book. It was a non-fiction book of the flag raising on Iwo Jima. It wasn't a regurgitation of his research, but a thoughtful expression of the facts as they were compiled. The author's father was one of the men who were there that day and helped raise the flag. His father survived what was described as a month long massacre.I found this book thought provoking. On one hand, this iconic picture was a beacon of hope to the American pe...
  • Newport Librarians
    WOW! And I don't even like non-fiction!This story chronicles first the lives of the six men raising their flag on Iwo Jima, the American climate during war time and why they enlisted. Readers are then taken inch by pain staking inch up the beach of "fire island" through gun fire, death, fear, hunger, sleep deprivation and more. Slowly trodding up the hill where we experience a seemingly unremarkable flag replacement that became a photograph which...
  • Shannon Sullivan
    A must read for any WWII/history buff.
  • Shani
    "Among the Americans serving on Iwo island, uncommon valor was a common virtue." -Chester NimitzA gritty, raw, important read. You will never look at the courage and bravery of our military again.
  • Gary Hoggatt
    Flags of Our Fathers chronicles the stories of the six men, five U.S. Marines and one Navy Corpsman, who raised the flag at Iwo Jima in the iconic photograph from World War II. This has gotten a lot of public attention in recent years, thanks to Clint Eastwood's film adaptation of this book (I'll admit I saw the movie first and liked it, so much so I went and borrowed the audio book from the library).Author James Bradley, the son of John Bradley,...
  • A.L. Sowards
    This wasn't a happy book, but I'm glad I read it. The author follows the lives of the five Marines and one Navy corpsman who raise the second American flag on Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima. I've always loved the Rosenthal photo, and the Marine Memorial based on the photo is my favorite in the DC area. Here are a few of my thoughts on the book:I thought the first part of the book, covering the characters' childhoods, training, and the fight to take ...
  • Abby Chase
    Flags Of Our Fathers is a great read for anyone who is interested in U.S. history. The author, James Bradley, takes the reader through the lives of the 6 soldiers who raised the American flag on Iwo Jima. He lets the reader in on the lives of Harlon Block, Mike Strank, Franklin Sousley, Ira Hayes, Rene Gagnon, and his father Jack “Doc” Bradley. The fantastic thing about this book is that the author shares the stories of these men, from when t...
  • Lesley
    I feel slightly embarassed that nearly every piece of information presented in this book was completely new to me. I was surprised by the horror of the Pacific war and horrified by the clear truth that I (along with most Americans I suspect)know next to nothing about the history of our own country. This compounded by the fact that our media has a tendancy to report the "good story" instead of the "truth."That's really what this book is about - it...
  • Pamela
    Enlightening and powerful, a patriotic humbling honor to read about the lives of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima....making them not just memorialized icons, but brothers and sons, a friend, a high school graduate, a mill worker, an athlete...mortal brave men who answered freedom's call to protect and serve.My one negative observation: the author, in my opinion, interjected too much of himself - his thoughts, feelings, subjectivity - i...
  • Matt
    Easily one of the most moving and memorable books I have ever read. I know that I've said that I don't get emotional over the books that I read, but Flags of Our Fathers is a definite exception. The author has a personal connection to the subject, and his own emotion over the true story of his father comes through wonderfully. It's as much about history as it is about family. On a sour note, do not ever watch the movie. EVER! It's as awful as the...
  • Ann Valdez
    This is such a great book. It gives the background of not only the people from one of the most famous American photographs, but also of situations surrounding it. I loved this book and am so thankful that I read it. I recommend it to all.
  • Christopher Hicks
    I really enjoyed this book. I found it both compelling and tragic. I liked learning about a part of history i'd never before read about, the war in the Pacific, Iwo Jima and World War II. I also loved reading about the personal stories of the men and their families.
  • Nathan Vollrath
    James Bradley’s Flags of Our Fathers tells the story of the six men who raised the American flag on the island of Iwo Jima after giving the Japanese a long, brutal fight to win control over the small island. The genre of Bradley’s book is historical military nonfiction. The six flag raisers, even though they did not know each other yet, were very similar. Nearly all of them were poor and the Great Depression, football, and religion impacted a...
  • Jake
    This was pretty enthralling story telling about the men in the famous flag raising picture from Iwo Jima (one of whom was the author's father {well, maybe... after this came out, new photos show that his father was probably misidentified}). Bradley starts small by telling of the histories of these boys; a Czech immigrant who wanted to fight Nazis, a Seventh Day Adventist Texan who disappointed his devout mother by enlisting, a proud Kentucky hill...
  • Donovan Aris-Dumas
    Flags of our Father is a war book authored by James Bradley with Ron Powers. The book is about 6 men who raised the flag on Iwo Jima. The book talks about their beginnings and enlisting, training, there Fight at Iwo Jima and the life (if they lived) after the war. The majority of the book is placed on the island of Iwo Jima. After war the remaining men struggle with the fame and being called a hero, post traumatic stress and alcohol. The theme of...
  • Paul Szydlowski
    This book haunted me for weeks afterward, waking me in the middle of the night wondering would I have been able to do what these men did on Iwo Jima.
  • Heather
    "Hero. In that misunderstood and corrupted word, I think, lay the final reason for John Bradley's silence. Today the word 'hero' has been diminished, confused with 'celebrity'. But in my father's generation the word meant something."This book is worth the read.
  • Stacie C
    I was convinced I knew what I wanted to write when I sat down to begin this review. I was going to mention how everyone can recognize the photo used on the cover of this book. That it’s an example of patriotism and a symbol of World War II. It represents the integrity of the men fighting on the small island of Iwo Jima and an ode to those who lost their lives. But it’s so much more than that. That image was used as propaganda to extract more ...
  • Daniel W.
    We often read how bloody the island hopping campaign was for the Navy, Marine Corp, and those Army units that fought in the Pacific during WWII. James Bradley gives us a grunts-eye view of the battle of Iwo Jima. The devastating affect of war was demonstrated in undeniable violence. From this crucible came the idea to boost American morale, drive sales for war bonds and give the American people something tangible to believe in. The raising of the...
  • Doughgirl5562
    Flags of Our Fathers tells the story of Jack Bradley and the five other men who were pictured raising the American flag on the top of Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima in the iconic picture from WWII. Six men who didn 19t view themselves as heroes, but were just 1Cdoing what had to be done 1D 13 whether that meant charging up the beach at Iwo Jima through a hail of machine gun fire or helping to raise a pole that 1Cjust happened to have a flag attached t...