There are 6 soilders raised Old Glory over Mt Suribachi during the bloody battle for Iwo Jima in the World War II. Joe Rosenthal's photo of them shouldering the flag became the symbol of U.s triumph over the japanese. The 3 surviving flag raisers, including Bradley's father john, toured as wartime heroes, seeing billions in bonds. But John who was badly wounded, insisted he was not a hero only the men who did not come back were heroes.
The Boleyn Inheritance by Simon & Schuster
The Boleyn Inheritence is a novel drawn tight as a lute string about a court ruled by the gallows and three women whose positions brought them wealth, admiration and power as well as deceit, betrayl and terror.
Blood and Thunder An Epic of the American West by Hampton Sides
Like the authors of many other recent works of history, Slides dispenses with footnotes but offers an exhaustive bibilography that undrscores the scope of this monumental undertaking.
Greed by Elfriede Jelinek
There is a country policemen a body in a lake. But 2004 Nobel prize winner for literature, Elfriede Jelinek's novel is a murder mystery and also a science fiction. The plot of the story is almost incidental as Jelinek ruminates on life, love and the black depths of the soul.
The Water's Lovely by Ruth Rendell
This is a detective novel by one of the foremost contemprory crime writers. It has 2 sistersone of whom when young may have murdered their father. their mother has gone insane after the incident. The other sister, saddled with a dreadful husband, wonders if she should enlist her sibling's services for a second job.
Black Girl, White Girl by Joyce Carol
with over 30 books authored, Joyce Carol Oates is the United States foremost woman novelist. Her latest as the tittle suggests is the story of a white girl remembering her college friendship with an aggresive black girl back in the 1970s and wondering if she could have saved the black girl from the untimely death she met.
The Lay of the Land by Richard Ford
Richard Ford backs Martic Bascombe, the protogonist of his Pulitzer Prize winning Independance day. Older but not much wiser Bascombe, a real estate agent confronts personal entanglements and professional dilemmas at a family reunion for Thanksgiving.
The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories by Susanna Clarke
This book has 8 short stories explores the same late 18th early 19th century world, replete with witches, mists and fairies. The first few books of Clarke Jonathan Strange and Mr Norell also dealth with magic and it also received a magical response.
Prisoners: A Muslim and a jew across the Middle east divide by Jeffery Goldberg
Goldberg joined the isreli army and was a prison guard during the first intifada in 1987. One of his prisoners was a Palestinian college teacher, Rafiq Hijazi with whom he became friends. Goldberg provides an account of their enduring yet prickly relationship, which continues even after Goldberg quits the armyand Hijazi is released. They keep meeting up again, first in Gaza and later in the US.
Vietnam: The Definitive oral History told from all sides by Christian G
We will fight and we will win, a new generation has arisen to whom this once emotive slogan means very little. But the Vietnam war remains the biggest and the most bitter confrontation after the World War II. In his third book on the subject, Christian records the oral testimonials of 135 people both the American and the Vietnamese.
Beauty Junkies inside our $15 billion obsession with cosmetic surgery. by Alex Kuczynski
Its frightening and expensive but still the cosmetic surgery industry in the United States flourishes it is now even bigger than the pornography industry. Alex Kuczynski a reformed beauty junky herself as she underwent 16 operations to improve her eyelids and the rear, before realising their futility.
Social Intelligence The new science of Human Relationships by Daniel Goleman
Man is a social animal, runs from cliche but it is one that is frequently forgotten as the cult of individualism comes to dominate modern sensebilities. Using the latest researches from Biology and neurology, Golemantells why people for their own good need to care about another and not just themselves