Iwo Jima: World War II Veterans Remember the Greatest Battle of the Pacific

Iwo Jima World War II Veterans Remember the Greatest Battle of the Pacific The men who fought and survived the deadliest battle of the Pacific come to life in this powerful oral history On February nearly American soldiers invaded a tiny volcanic island in t

  • Title: Iwo Jima: World War II Veterans Remember the Greatest Battle of the Pacific
  • Author: LarrySmith
  • ISBN: 9780393062342
  • Page: 314
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The men who fought and survived the deadliest battle of the Pacific come to life in this powerful oral history On February 19, 1945, nearly 70,000 American soldiers invaded a tiny volcanic island in the Pacific Over the next thirty five days, approximately 28,000 soldiers died, including nearly 22,000 Japanese and 6,821 Americans, making Iwo Jima one of the costliest baThe men who fought and survived the deadliest battle of the Pacific come to life in this powerful oral history.On February 19, 1945, nearly 70,000 American soldiers invaded a tiny volcanic island in the Pacific Over the next thirty five days, approximately 28,000 soldiers died, including nearly 22,000 Japanese and 6,821 Americans, making Iwo Jima one of the costliest battles of World War II.Best selling oral historian Larry Smith dug deep for exclusive stories from Iwo Jima veterans, including the last surviving flag raiser on Mount Suribachi, a Navajo Code Talker, a retired general, two Medal of Honor recipients, B 29 flyers, and other die hard Marines who secured the island Along the way, Smith investigates the controversy surrounding the famous photograph by Joe Rosenthal and presents the groundbreaking story of Japanese General Tadamichi Kuribayashi, rud to have committed suicide rather than submit to capture.With dozens of photographs and maps, Iwo Jima is an unprecedented look at this pivotal battle and an inspiring study in courage, perseverance, and humanity.

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    1. LarrySmith

      Larry Smith grew up on a farm south of Charlevoix near the area that became the setting for Smith s 1972 novel, The Original After graduation from the University of Michigan with a degree in English in 1962, Smith began his newspaper career with The Wyoming Eagle in Cheyenne He subsequently worked as a reporter and editor with five newspapers, including The New York Daily News and The New York Times Smith says he was fortunate to discover the newspaper business at an early age because he was totally unsuited for anything else He joined Parade Magazine in 1981, serving as managing editor there for 19 years before retiring in January 2001, when the magazine s circulation exceeded 32 million His July 4, 2000 Parade article featuring nine Medal of Honor recipients led to Beyond Glory Medal of Honor Heroes in Their Own Words, published by W.W Norton, in 2002 The book features first person accounts by six Medal of Honor recipients from World War II, seven from Korea and 11 from Vietnam, including Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, Admiral James Stockdale and former Senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska The book led to his collaboration with Stephen Lang, and the rest is history It was followed by From the Sands of two Jima to the Deserts of Iraq The Few and The Proud Marine Corps Drill Instructors in Their Own Words, a best seller published in May of 2006 by W.W Norton Smith followed that with two Jima World War Two Veterans Remember the Greatest Battle of the Pacific, published in 2008, which was also well received Smith has run the New York City Marathon four times and climbed Mt McKinley in Alaska and Mont Blanc in France, among other summits He is a member of the Explorer s Club, and a former president of the Overseas Press Club of America He and his wife Dorothea live on Block Island off the coast of Rhode Island They have two daughters, Stacey and Jennifer.

    951 thoughts on “Iwo Jima: World War II Veterans Remember the Greatest Battle of the Pacific”

    1. This book follows the interview format often used by Stephen Ambrose.The author collected first-hand accounts from survivors who served invarious capacities including infantry, gunners, medic, chaplain, and naval. The overlapping accounts from different positions provides a very helpful aid in weaving together the events that took place. I felt reading this gave me a good overall picture of Iwo Jima.February 19, 194. The US assaulted a little island in the asia pacific held by the japanese. The [...]


    2. Iwo Jima: World War II Veterans the Greatest Battle of the Pacific, by Larry Smith, was a very unique book. Rather than having one person narrating the entire story, this book involves numerous accounts of war veterans discussing the Battle of Iwo Jima. It is very hard to judge this book because there were many different accounts in the book. Some of the stories were amazing, but others were a dry read. I recommend this book to anyone who is really looking forward to learn more about the Pacific [...]


    3. If you enjoy reading about World War II and the fighting on Iwo Jima, this book is filled with interviews how veterans remember it. There are two reasons why Iwo was important. The main reason for the invasion was to provide emergency landing strips for the thousands of planes flyng the three thousand miles round trip from Tinian and Saipan.The other reason for the invasion was to stop the radio transmission warning Tokyo that the bombers were coming. But was the loss of twenty-two thousand Japa [...]


    4. Early in the 21st century, when the veterans of World War II started to die in large numbers, Larry Smith met and interviewed several veterans of the Iwo Jima campaign for this enjoyable book. The subjects speak of their combat experience without adornment; while they do not regret anything, one of them says "it's nothing to brag about, taking a man's life." What these men did with their lives after the war is also interesting. The book loses a bit of its impact toward the end when it veers away [...]


    5. A very clinical look at a battle that rocked the U.S. The first hand accounts by survivors of Iwo Jima, are stories that should be read by anyone who wants some idea of just how the fog of war works. The only problem I had with the book was that aside from one very brief mention of atrocities being committed by American forces, all 'illegal' activities (when mentioned) are consigned to the Japanese forces.


    6. It takes a careful historian to put together a book like this; Larry Smith had the grace to "step out of the way" and let the Iwo veterans tell the story in their own words. Their numbers are dwindling, and memories are fading, which makes this collection of recollections so important.Iwo Jima deserves a place on the book shelves of all Marines, and anyone else with a sincere interest in World War II.


    7. I hoped this book was going to be an oral history in the van of Stephen Ambrose's "Band of Brothers" rather than a series of separate interviews. I must give it three stars, as the interviews were incredible and add to the history of the Battle of Iwo Jima but I believe the veterans would have been better served to have their stories told as a narrative of the battle. This is my opinion and we all know about opinions.


    8. I love oral history. There's nothing like listening to war stories from those that were really there. This book on Iwo Jima is a series of interviews with vets from that horrible battle in 1945. Many can not believe we turned the island back over to the Japanese. So many stories of heroism on the Sulfur Island.you wonder how men can summon such courage.


    9. This is an excellent oral history of the battle of Iwo Jima. It features interviews with nearly two dozen former soldiers, exploring every aspect of the battle. This is the 5th book that I've read about the battle, and I found it to be outstanding, second only to Bradley's "Flags of our Fathers".


    10. The narrator takes on different speaking styles for each section which is something I haven't encountered before. I'm not sure if there is any real connection to how the sources spoke, but some of the voices get repeated a few times through after he runs out of characterizations.


    11. This is a collection of stories from men who participated in the battle of Iwo Jima. There were some really interesting and riveting stories and some that I couldn't wait to get through. The author's comments were often insightful but also frequently pointless.


    12. This is an interesting collection of interviews with the men who fought on Iwo Jima and the pilots who benefited from the battle's result. There is little about planning or strategy other than what was seen by these individuals. Still an interesting set of recollections.


    13. Very well presented set of personal accounts by Marines who fought on Iwo Jima. Definitely helps put a lot of what went on into perspective, especially all the controversy about the flag raising. Worth the read.


    14. This book contains in-depth stories told to the author by men and women who were there and actively involved in the action one way or another. I love World War II history and this book was no disappointment.


    15. Reflections from interviews with some of the remaining survivors of the assault on Iwo Jima. Fascinating and amazing. I don't think that I could have ever done that. The heroism of the common soldier is simply incomprehensible.


    16. A really wonderful account with interviews of 22 surviving Marines who fought there. 28,000 Marines lost their lives in 36 days of intense fighting - almost 1/3 of all Marines lost in WWII died on Iwo Jima.For history buffs this is well worth reading.




    17. Factually informative and compelling first-person narratives from combat veterans. Only ding is the lack of overall narrative inherent with an oral histories.




    18. Excellent compilation of first hand accounts of the battle for the island of Iwo Jima. Painful to read, yet so inspiring as well.Listened to the unabridged audiobook on Audible.


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