Book of the Month for January 2007: Flags of Our Fathers

flags.jpgGood day everyone! 

I apologize for the delay in getting this posting so late. Preparation and delivery of launch has really kept me and my teammates extremely busy. So without further delay:

Welcome to the January book of the month, Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley with Ron Powers

I debated on putting this book as a review because the nature of the book and it seemed different from my typical book of the month postings. However, after I thought about it this book fits right in with almost all of the books I have discussed! You see most of the books I read change my perceptions or notions in some way and I have to tell Flags of Our Fathers did that for me in several ways. So if you want to learn more about the men who are in the most reproduced photo in history and the story behind the photo, then this book will not disappoint.

The book is writing by James Bradley who is the son of one of the flag raisers, John Henry Bradley, aka 'DOC'. What amazes me about how James wrote the book was the book was written after his father passed forward. James goes on to explain his fathers guarded nature around Iwo Jima and photo and after you read the book you will have some understanding why he did so.  I do not think we will ever fully know, unless you were there, the guarded nature of the soldiers.  You will also understand why John Bradley never considered himself a hero, even though he was a hero in every sense of the word.

cid:image004.jpg@01C5E0B7.85BCD830When you think about the photo, it probably conjures a lot of images for you. Did you know that the picture was taken very early on in the battle of Iwo Jima? The battle continued on for nearly a month after the photo.  Do you know how the media treated the photo, and how America’s perceptions of the war (not always in a good way) were changed by the photo? The book will explain those answers along with many other details about the MEN, the society, and the battle.   I do not want to give away too much from the book in this posting.

From a personal perspective, John Baker and I ran in the Marine Corps Marathon. The Marathon starts and ends at the Iwo Jima memorial. I never really understood the very nature of the memorial until after I read the book. My appreciation for the Marines who fought and died on Iwo Jima grew to an indescribable level and really changed my view point on the marathon and why I ran in it.

I have not read the other side of the story which is Letters from Iowa Jima but it is my list to buy. The last thing to mention is that I have not seen the movie, but I will tell you the book is incredible. So if any of you have read Letters or seen the movie let me know what you thought and comment.

You can find out more about the book here: Flags of Our Fathers

You take a look at my other book of the months here:

Please comment if you have read the book and let me know what you think! 

Comments (8)

  1. Rob Valentine says:

    I read this book a few weeks back.  One fantastic novel.  Alot of insite and the dealings of individuals.  Well written. For sure on top of the reading list.

  2. Matt Hester says:

    It is a great book, I just got to see the movie, I liked the book a lot better! 🙂

  3. Matt Hester says:

    It is a great book, I just got to see the movie, I liked the book a lot better! 🙂

  4. Samantha Koehler says:

    My Grandfather Robert Koehler was one of the men in a picture in your book. He was at the flag raising flashing his rifle. My entire family was disappointed to find that someone else’s name was in the place of his…My grandfather was there, risking his life just like all the rest. Too bad in that all too famous life changing monumental picture, he isn’t recognized.

  5. Matt Hester says:

    Good morning Samantha, First off thank you to you and your family for not only your personal sacrafice but also letting me know about this.  Can you please send me some additional informaiton on your Grandfather, maybe a better picture and I will write another post to tell your story.  Please conatct me off my blog email and we can talk.  Again Thank you!

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