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Jane Austen, Anna Quindlen

Flags of Our Fathers

Flags of Our Fathers - James Bradley, Ron Powers On Veteran's Day and other such days when the mind wanders over the ultimate sacrifice made by brave men and women during our world's troubled times, for Americans there are few images more iconic than the picture of the flag raising on Iwo Jima during WWII.

Flags of Our Fathers was penned by James Bradley, the son of one of the men in that picture. This story is about that experience, what led up to it and what came after. It is more engaging and less depressing than expected. Certainly it is not all flag-waving victory for one and all involved. Bitter sorrow surrounded some of the participants. However, on the whole, that moment in time stands for hard fought victory. Today is a day to honor the idea behind the image, this metaphor for comradeship. Whenever you might read it, Bradley's book makes the reader feel as if everyday is Veteran's Day.