Uncommon Valor, Common Virtue: Iwo Jima and the Photograph That Captured America

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

105174021.gifby Hal Buell

General Collection D767.99 .I9 B84 2006

Following the 60th anniversary in 2005 of the battle of Iwo Jima comes this elaborately illustrated book. The iconic photograph of the second flag raising on Mount Suribachi by five marines and a navy corpsman and its Associated Press photographer, Joe Rosenthal, come into focus. This Pulitzer Prize-winning image has become a symbol of the valor and determination of not only the U.S. Marine Corps but of all Americans. Photo editor Buell (Associated Press) does an admirable job describing Rosenthal’s ten days on Iwo Jima against the backdrop of the 36-day battle there and describing the roles of the six flag raisers and the other combat photographers present. More than 100 combat photos-along with other shots of the flag raising-lend great perspective to this story that has never been so thoroughly recounted before. The book’s focus on Rosenthal dispels any further arguments about the flag raising and the resulting photo (although Rosenthal took a staged photo of the marines waving, the famous one was not staged). It is a relatively quick read, which doesn’t detract from its value as a straightforward study of the battle of Iwo Jima. Included is a 20-minute DVD with film and interviews. Highly recommended.-David Lee Poremba, Detroit P.L. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

2 Responses to “Uncommon Valor, Common Virtue: Iwo Jima and the Photograph That Captured America”


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  2. Pirsey Says:

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