Shadow of Suribachi: Raising the Flags on Iwo Jima by Parker Albee

Shadow of Suribachi: Raising the Flags on Iwo Jima

byParker Albee, Keller Cushing Freeman

Hardcover | January 1, 1995

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On February 23, 1945, an Associated Press photographer captured the image of six brave men raising the American flag at the windy peak of Mount Suribachi on the coveted island of Iwo Jima. Little did the photographer or the men in the photograph know that they were immortalizing themselves as part of a national icon. To millions of Americans, that image has become the ultimate symbol of American victory and patriotism. To the men who fought amid the volcanic ash and clandestine caves of Suribachi, this inspiring image has become tainted by embellished stories, distorted realities, and nagging questions about the flag-raisings. Why were there two flag-raisings? Who were the men who raised the flags? What were the battle conditions really like for the Marines as they climbed the pinnacle of Suribachi? Were the flag-raisings intentionally staged propaganda ploys designed to pacify a hungry press and soothe an anxious American public on the home front? At last the myths of 50 years are dispelled in Shadow of Suribachi, the only comprehensive, accurate account of the flag-raisings on Iwo Jima. The men who conquered the mountain tell their story through letters, interviews, and poignant recollections. For the first time in decades, Joe Rosenthal, the Associated Press photographer who took the Pulitzer Prize-winning photo offers a detailed account of his experiences on the island. Rare photos by other photographers, some previously unacknowledged, lend further credibility to this study of an event that became part of a classic World War II battle. In bringing truth to a momentous historical event, Albee and Freeman give long overdue recognition to the gallantry of thousands of unheralded menwho made the flag-raisings on Suribachi possible. Of equal importance, this book inspires a new appreciation for an image forever emblazened in the minds of millions.

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Title:Shadow of Suribachi: Raising the Flags on Iwo JimaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 9.62 × 6.58 × 0.92 inPublished:January 1, 1995Publisher:Praeger Publishers

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ISBN - 10:0275950638

ISBN - 13:9780275950637

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Drawing on letters, interviews, and recollections from the men who participated in the battle, a comprehensive volume provides answers to questions about the flag-raising at Iwo Jima, such as who the men were and whether it was staged. IP.

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?A few weeks after marines unfurled Old Glory atop Mt. Suribachi, a moment immortalized in one of the most famous war photographs ever taken, Life magazine spoiled the patriotic pride by alleging that the picture was posed. It buttressed the point by publishing pictures of a prior and decidedly less dramatic flag raising. Wherever the truth lies in this controversy, researchers Albee and Freeman have dug deep to find it, and though the matter may seem a mere footnote to the costly conquest of sulfurous Iwo Jima, it is pertinent to a study of iconic imagery. The picture, taken by Joe Rosenthal, was so powerful--combining triumph and determined comradeship--that FDR ordered the six marines depicted in it to return stateside to boost a final war bond drive (but three had been killed by then). Suddenly the veracity issue erupted and has agitated cultural historians. If this detailed work doesn't end the matter by demonstrating the picture's authenticity, no study can.??Booklist