Oooh… finally a good movie is coming up. I read the book Flags of Our Fathers a couple years back in record time. I seriously could not put it down. I just saw an ad for the movie based on the book coming out soon. It was directed by Clint Eastwood, who has become one of my favorite directors. Very cool!
It is not a typical war story, although I am sure there will be a ton of great action. It is instead a tale about that famous photograph of the troops raising the flag on Iwo Jima. Its the story of the faceless figures that came together at that exact moment in time. Its the story of surviving one of the deadliest assaults in military history. Its the story of a photograph and how it changed people’s lives at home and abroad. It is one of James Bradley’s best books… and he should know as his father was in that photograph.
(Check out “The Ballad of Ira Hayes” by Johnny Cash. It tells the sad tale of one of those flag raisers post-photograph.)