Flags of Our Fathers

  • by James Bradley, Ron Powers
  • Narrated by Barry Bostwick, James Bradley
  • 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 flag raisers has written a powerful account of six very different 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 70, 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 his 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.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."This program is read by Golden Globe-winning actor Barry Bostwick. Bostwick starred as the Mayor in the hit ABC comedy series Spin City.

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Nominee for Audio Publishers Association 2001 Audie Award, Nonfiction, Abridged
Alex Award Winner, 2001

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Flags of Our Fathers

I could give this 10 stars. This is one of the best books I have ever read. I found the book fascinating. I am very interested in WWII stories. This is a true account of the famous photo of the six Marines who raised the flag on Iwo Jima. It is the story of the men, before, during and after the war. Who they were, why they joined the Marines, and what brought these six men together. This story provides insite how Americans thought about WWII and how important family members relied on each other.

It also points out how critical it is to have unification as a team of fighting men and how the American spirit helped to win many battles during the war.
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- Doug

Flags for our Fathers

This was one of the most inspiring book I have read in a long time. The majority of this country do not have the slightest idea what these brave Americans (Marines) went through. I would strongly recommend that each and every member of the House and Senate read this book. Maybe they would be constantly aware of what makes a young men and women want to put their lives on the line for their county and its freedom.
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- Donald

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-02-2000
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio