James Bradley's 'Flags Of Our Fathers'

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Flags of Our Fathers, a book written by James Bradley, is the story capturing the lives of the six men who raised the flag on the island of Iwo Jima as they fought before, during, and after World War II. One of these men was James Bradley’s own father. James found old boxes full of articles and imagery taken from the war. Through these documents, he then discovers that his father was one of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima and goes on a search to find out as much as he possibly can about the other five flag raisers. All in all, the six young men included were John Bradley, Franklin Sousley, Harlon Block, Ira Hayes, Rene Gagnon, and Mike Strank. These men, both daring and courageous, risked their lives on the beaches of Japan for the idea of freedom for all. One of the main themes throughout the book is the idea of media and its influence around the world, but in this case, especially in World War II.…show more content…
However, this was not exactly the whole truth. "This is no joke! This is real war!"(58) An anonymous radio host wails these words from a radio station located in Honolulu during the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese air force. This disclosure of information shows how the media affects the American people as they started to go into a patriotic hysteria right after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. "No joke. The real thing" are even said again by Bradley, which was for an emphasis purpose. For this reason, the mere boys who decided to enlist were unawares as to what they were about to get themselves into. What’s worse was the American civilians who supported them were fed false images of what the real war was by the
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