BookReview-Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley
Flagsof Our Fathers
Flagsof Our Fathersby James Bradley is a non-fiction book based on the events during theWorld War II. The author follows six ordinary Americans who took partin the Battle of Iwo Jima. The soldiers were pictured in a famousphoto, raising the United States of America flag on Iwo Jima. Thiswas a costly and bloody battle in the hands of the Japanese ImperialArmy. The events leading to the invasion and the resulting battlemarked significant turning points in the lives of the men.
Twoof the men followed in the story do not make it out the island alive.They encounter fierce Japanese resistance for about 36 days, killing20,000 Japanese soldiers in the process and secure the victory. Onceback after the war, they are used alongside the famous picture toraise donations for war bonds. However, they experience physical andemotional challenges attributed to the traumatizing experiences ofthe war.
JamesBradley captures the triumph, glory, heartbreak as well as the legacyof the six men. As a son of one of the flag-raisers, he produces apowerful account of how the men from different parts of the countrycame together in a definitive moment in America’s history. Thestory provides a wholesome understanding of the war since the authorcaptures the furor of the war as well as the aftermath.
Thestory is told with enormous honesty as well as passion from a sonkeen to pay tribute to his father as well as other war veterans. Thestory takes the reader to an interesting and adventurous path ofdiscovery. As Bradley attempts to discover the roots of the heroicmen, the story moves from New Hampshire to Manchester. The authortakes the reader to Texas, Pennsylvania as well as Arizona. Thisaccount provides a unique understanding of the battle more than anyother account of the battle.
Bradley,J. & Powers, R. (2006). Flagsof our fathers.New York: Bantam Books.