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Flags Of Our Fathers
In this unforgettable chronicle of perhaps the most famous moment in American military history, James Bradley has captured the glory, the triumph, the heartbreak, and the legacy of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. Here is the true story behind the immortal photograph that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America.
In February 1945, American Marines plunged into the surf at Iwo Jima--and into history. Through a hail of machine-gun and mortar fire that left the beaches strewn with comrades, they battled to the island's highest peak. And after climbing through a landscape of hell itself, they raised a flag.
Now the son of one of the flagraisers has written a powerful account of six very different young men who came together in a moment that will live forever.
To his family, John Bradley never spoke of the photograph or the war. But after his death at age seventy, his family discovered closed boxes of letters and photos. In Flags of Our Fathers, James Bradley draws on those documents to retrace the lives of his father and the men of Easy Company. Following these men's paths to Iwo Jima, James Bradley has written a classic story of the heroic battle for the Pacific's most crucial island--an island riddled with Japanese tunnels and 22,000 fanatic defenders who would fight to the last man.
But perhaps the most interesting part of the story is what happened after the victory. The men in the photo--three were killed during the battle--were proclaimed heroes and flown home, to become reluctant symbols. For two of them, the adulation was shattering. Only James Bradley's father truly survived, displaying no copy of the famous photograph in his home, telling his son only: "The real heroes of Iwo Jima were the guys who didn't come back."
Few books ever have captured the complexity and furor of war and its aftermath as well as Flags of Our Fathers. A penetrating, epic look at a generation at war, this is history told with keen insight, enormous honesty, and the passion of a son paying homage to his father. It is the story of the difference between truth and myth, the meaning of being a hero, and the essence of the human experience of war.
"From the Hardcover edition."
Raising The Flag
"By February 1945 the United States had been fighting World War II for more than three years. Soldiers were worn down from battle, and civilians were drained by sacrifice. But a photograph of Marines raising an American flag on Japanese soil gave a wearied nation a renewed sense of pride and hope. This powerful image of strength and determination became the most famous image of the war. It not only captured a moment of victory against a strong foe. It also represented the effort every member of the armed forces had made and offered Americans the promise of victory and an end to conflict."
American Flag Puzzle Book
How much do you know about the American flag? In this book, puzzles and activities are filled with fun facts about Betsy Ross, the Fourth of July, the "Star-Spangled Banner," the Flag Code, and more.cCan you identify all fifty states on a U.S. map or fill in the missing words of the Pledge of Allegiance? Have fun learning about our most treasured American traditions in this patriotic puzzle book.
The African American Church
The black church has also intervened between the society and the individual, in order to address specific problems or attain specific objectives. This has been particularly the case where the church has served as a training ground for leaders of the African American community. In addition to providing for (a) goal attainment and (b) a vehicle to implement specific interests, the church has also (c) contributed a latent resource for all kinds of activities covering a wide range of interests, (d) offered germane socialization services, (e) allocated its power and influence to issues identified as critical, (f) aided social interation of either (g) members of the African American community within the community itself or (h) the African American Community, its members and priorities within the majority white community. The African American church has prevailed as all things to all African Americans.
Secrets Of Animal Camouflage
New light is thrown on the secrets of animal camouflage in this delightfully illustrated new Shine-a-Light title.
Children will discover how animals hide by ingeniously adapting to their environment. From stick insects hiding on branches to the extraordinary owl butterly with wing patterns which resemble the eyes of an owl, the simple text and beautiful illustrations reveal the secrets of this spectacular world. The unique design of the book allows children to discover a 'hidden' image by holding the page up to a bright light. For children aged 3 and up, this is the perfect introduction to the hidden mysteries of the natural world.
About the Author
Carron Brown (London, UK) has been a children's nonfiction editor and writer for more than 16 years. She has written 11 books in the best selling Ivy Kids Shine-a- Light series.
Wesley Robins (London, UK) is an award-winning illustrator, with a degree in Illustration and Animation from Kingston University, London.
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