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Uncommon Valor, Common Virtue

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It remains the U.S. Marine Corps.' bloodiest battle. Fifty years later, it is A.P. photographer Joe Rosenthal's Pulitzer-winning photo of Marines raising the American flag on Mt. Suribachi that keeps the memory of Iwo Jima alive.

Uncommon Valor, Common Virtue is a full account of the battle itself and of Rosenthal's ten days on Iwo Jima as Marines fought against a murderou
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by Berkley Hardcover
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Sarah Crawford
Feb 14, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
This is an somewhat oversized book on the invasion of Iwo Jima. There is also a DVD with the book that contains numerous photos.

One thing that at least some people don't know is that there were two flags raised at Iwo Jima. This book tells the story of the taking of the island, the raising of both flags, and the lives of the various photographers involved. It is also filled with photographs. It's a very interesting book.

As usual, I'll only point out a few highlights. The book notes that about 7,
Feb 21, 2012 Lynn rated it it was amazing
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This photo-essay satisfactorily defends Rosenthal's Pulitzer photo as NOT belong staged. My favorite photo is the Colorado cornfield mowed in 2004 to depict the flag-raising. I've read other material about Ira Hayes, but this is the first time I've read that he was not the only one to succumb to alcoholism. Particularly interesting were the Medal of Honor citations - so many described men throwing themselves on top of bombs/grenades to save fellow soldiers. Not so different than in any other ...more
Oct 25, 2008 Mark rated it really liked it
Short & easy read about the battle for Iwo Jima & the history of the iconic picture... LAVISHLY illustrated with photos from Joe Rosenthal (the guy who took the picture) and many others. Very impressive.
Mar 30, 2009 Sheik rated it it was amazing
The DVD enclosed with this book has new material I never saw before.

And the story of how the Iwo picture came to be is told by the guy who did it.
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Hal Buell is the former head of the Photography Service (photography director) at the Associated Press. He is also the author of Moments: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographs and Uncommon Valor, Common Virtue, a book about war photographer Joe Rosenthal. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
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