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.
This anthology is a taster of the new writing growing in Australia. Writing which is marked by its energy, insight and range.
The diversity of genre, subject and style in this volume is an eloquent reminder of the fact that despite our contemporary anxiety about the future of books and writing, literature hasn't gone anywhere. There are new and exciting voices emerging all around us, possessed not just of the desire to tell stories but to say something that matters, to articulate something new and important about the world.
Contributors are: Marita Hastings, Sally Abbott, Deborah Biancotti, Margaret Meran Trail, Elizabeth Cunningham, Julie Morgan King, Laura McAuliffe, Rowena Robertson, Paulene Turner, Lisa Breeze, Jo McKay, Kerri Turner, Stephanie King, Chris Brophy, Linda Dement, Nik Rodden, Peter Ward, Jill Gientzotis, Caroline Beecham, Sienna Brown, Gita Mammen, Bethany Adams, Elisabeth Passmore, Keith Whalley, Steph Little, Catherine Horan, Cynthia Pretty, Stuart McCullough, Becky Keft, Isabel Noriega, Elizabeth Jones, Birgit Daller, Maria Boyd, David McMahon, Hannah Bent, and Louisa McGauley.
This acclaimed bestseller brilliantly illuminates a hidden piece of World War II history as it tells the harrowing true story of nine American airmen shot down in the Pacific. One of them, George H. W. Bush, was miraculously rescued. What happened to the other eight remained a secret for almost 60 years.
After the war, the American and Japanese governments conspired to cover up the shocking truth, and not even the families of the airmen were informed of what happened to their sons. Their fate remained a mystery--until now.
FLYBOYS is a tale of courage and daring, of war and death, of men and hope. It will make you proud and it will break your heart.
There was, on that night, a sense of thrill and also mystery. Six months later, as the work in this volume testifies, those writers have, to a one, demonstrated commitment, passion, willingness to work, to play, to create, to take risks and to trust.
This anthology records those achievements. The diversity of genre, subject and style in this volume is an eloquent reminder of the fact that despite our contemporary anxiety about the future of books and writing, literature hasn't gone anywhere: there are new and exciting voices emerging all around us, possessed not just of the desire to tell stories but to say something that matters, to articulate something new and important about the world.
Most of the names of the writers whose work appears in this volume are likely to be unfamiliar at present, but there is no doubt many will not remain so. They are: Adrienne Adams, Maralyn Bennett, Geoffrey Burgess, Georgina Crawford, Jami Crittle, Diana Daly, Fred Fink, Sally Gibbons, Deborah Guyon, Emma Harcourt, Rowena Helston, Debra Jopson, Elizabeth Jurman, Catriona Ling, Ann McCutcheon, Lyn McDonald, Kate O'Brien, Mariza O'Keeffe, Jo Riccioni, Jane Riley, Robert Scoble, Jacqueline Stack, Kerry Stephenson, Luke Sullivan, Carolyn Swindell, Brigitte Trenear and Susan Wyndham.
"Fascinating, frightening and utterly compelling" Garth Nix
"A seriously addictive page-turner" Missy Higgins
It's 2027 and the human race is dying. Plants, animals and humans have been infected by spores from space and become part of a vast alien intelligence.
When 16-year-old Callie discovers her little sister Gracie has been infected, she flees with Gracie to the Zone to avoid termination by the ruthless officers of Quarantine. What Callie finds in the Zone will alter her irrevocably, and send her on a journey to the stars and beyond.
PRAISE FOR JAMES BRADLEY
"In Australia, there is no one like [Bradley] in the imagining of the imminent end time of the way we live now." Sydney Review of Books
"James Bradley's lithe and inventive novels defiantly resist the present." The Australian
"A magnificent writer" The Saturday Paper
In 2005, a century later, James Bradley traveled in the wake of Roosevelt's mission and discovered what had transpired in Honolulu, Tokyo, Manila, Beijing and Seoul.
In 1905, Roosevelt was bully-confident and made secret agreements that he though would secure America's westward push into the Pacific. Instead, he lit the long fuse on the Asian firecrackers that would singe America's hands for a century.
James Bradley introduces us to the prominent Americans--including FDR's grandfather, Warren Delano--who in the 1800s made their fortunes in the China opium trade. Meanwhile, American missionaries sought a myth: noble Chinese peasants eager to Westernize.
The media propagated this mirage, and FDR believed that supporting Chiang Kai-shek would make China America's best friend in Asia. But Chiang was on his way out and when Mao Zedong instead came to power, Americans were shocked, wondering how we had "lost China."
From the 1850s to the origins of the Vietnam War, Bradley reveals how American misconceptions about China have distorted our policies and led to the avoidable deaths of millions. The China Mirage dynamically explores the troubled history that still defines U.S.-Chinese relations today.