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10-19-2006, 12:44 AM
Has anyone read this book? I read it about a year ago, and it brought tears to my eyes, it was so moving and heartfelt. Now it's about to be released as a movie, directed and produced by Clint Eastwood. This was Bradley's first book and it was written about his father, John, who was one of the flag-raisers on Iwo Jima. Even if you're not a history buff, I encourage you to read this book.

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10-19-2006, 01:03 AM
Excellent book, and well written. It's probably the best history-related book I've read this year (and I read lots).

Jim Colyer
10-22-2006, 03:38 AM
Clint Eastwood directed this tale of the battle for Iwo Jima in World War II. 6 Americans, 5 marines and a navy corpman, raised a flag on Mount Suribachi. A newspaper photographer took the picture which became an icon. 3 of the men in the picture were killed in the battle. Eastwood's movie is based on a book written by James Bradley, the son of one of the survivors. 6,821 Americans and 21,000 Japanese died on this island 500 miles from Tokyo. Eastwood attempts to show the tragedy of war and the tenuous nature of heroism. I grew tired of being told there is no such thing as a hero. Although the story is interesting, the movie is boring to young audiences.

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10-22-2006, 04:27 AM
Jim, have you ever read the book? I got it for Christmas one year. I can only hope that the movie is on par. Apparently there is another movie being made at the same time called "Letters from Iwo Jima," which is told from the Japanese perspective. I'm curious to see that one as well.

Jim Colyer
10-22-2006, 05:53 AM
I have not read the book but may check it out of the library here in Nashville.