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Publisher's Summary

On February 19, 1945, nearly 70,000 American soldiers invaded a tiny volcanic island in the Pacific. Over the next 35 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. Best-selling 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.
©2008 Larry Smith (P)2008 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"Exemplary oral history." ( Kirkus)
"A unique and compelling book." ( Library Journal)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Ron on 09-04-08

Courageous memories from those who were there

Iwo Jima is a rich compilation of memories from the men who took part in various aspects of the battle. It takes the listener along and at times lets you fight your way through the gritty volcanic sand that makes up the island.

My only annoyance (and it isn't really a complaint) is the narrator is the same reader who did "Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends" which I recently listened too. Hearing the same voice on two completely different books that are oral histories is distracting. This is not the fault of the book, just bad timing on my part. That said I do wish more than one reader would be used in books presenting oral histories of multiple individuals. A lone reader can only do so much to alter their voice.

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4 out of 5 stars
By John on 03-18-12

Great stories, horrible performance

The stories of the Iwo Jima veterans are amazing. I've been to Iwo Jima myself (its only open 1 day a year for the rest of the world to see) and its amazing to see the places that these events took place and try and imagine how anyone made it out alive.

Unfortunately, the reader tries to read these stories as if he was the vet telling them. So he reads in the voices of several different 80 something year old men and it kinda kills it. Just read in a normal voice and I'll get it. Its still worth the listen, but it would be great if they'd redo it with a normal voice.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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