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Flags Of Our Fathers Essay

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Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley is the chronicle of one of the most memorable moments in America’s military history. James Bradley achieves to capture in this book, moments of sadness, sorrow, majesty, and immortality of these six boys that raised the flag at Iwo Jima. The picture that immortalized that moment tells a story that represents all men that survived and died for America in that island. James Bradley’s quest for answers, for knowledge and for keeping the honor of these man alive, makes this book a true American History testimony. It was only the replacement of a flag but it became the most famous picture in military history. James Bradley’s mission to bring these boys back ...view middle of the document...

The stories told in this book are vivid and hard to digest; Bradley accomplishes his goal, he reels the reader into an amazing frame by frame, detailed picture of the entire odyssey.
One topic that impacted me was the naivety with which these young man imagined their times in combat and the horrific contrast they encountered when they landed on the beach. The desperation of not knowing where the enemy was located. Also the level of savagism with which they had to defend themselves, for example during hand to hand combat. How a man would help another man to rationalize their actions in order to survive. Bradley does a wonderful job taking the reader to a level of detail and understanding of the terrible situations, without making it a tale of unnecessary explicit carnage.
I learned a lot about Iwo Jima, the war and this part of American history. I was very surprised by the amount of men deployed to that small island, and mostly about the lack of understanding of where the enemy was. It is hard to believe that the American government would send man to fight a war without knowing at least the military strategy the opponent is using. I guess that is part of what a war is all about. Deceiving your opponent can make you the winner. It is difficult to rationalize war and the “tricks” used in order to win.
The book was captivating, I would definitely recommend Flags of Our Fathers, I had the...

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