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First, let me say that what happened to these sailors during the Battle of Iwo Jima was horrific. I am not discounting their tragedy one iota.
However, this story is essentially a summary of family and love letters that document the feelings, fears, and emotions of the men of Landing Craft Infantry 449 as they prepared for the Iwo Jima invasion. Their actual time at "battle stations" was about nine minutes. So, essentially, twelve of the fourteen hours of this audiobook is a recitation of what is contained in those letters sent home and those sent to the sailors of Landing Craft Infantry 449.
I listened because I respect and honor the work these men did in supporting UD Teams, but as a recapitulation of the Battle for Iwo Jima, this book is not an important work. It is a history that binds together human dramas outside the battle zone (other than the nine minutes of terror).
Listen to this book if you want to know the intimacies of about a dozen men. If you want a book that documents Iwo Jima as a strategic target and the men who fought to take that island I suggest, "Flags of Our Fathers," by James Bradley and Ron Powers.
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Fantastic book very well written and very riveting !! The book flows very well and keeps you excited. Knowledge of US Marines and IwoJima is beyond GREAT . Highly recommend !!!