Essay about A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

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It is said "a picture is worth a thousand words," “Uncommon Valor, Common Virtue” with a collection of photographs about Iwo Jima provide a critical understanding of battle during World War II and the sacrifices made by those involved. Joe Rosenthal is the photographer that is the main focus of the book. He began working for the Associated Press around the time America became involved in World War II. Which branched into his war photography, most importantly the photography he did on Iwo Jima. To start the book jumps into the history of the war and Rosenthal’s job in the war. Iwo Jima is an isolated island in the Pacific Ocean. Therefore once the Americans invade the island, there would be no way to escape. Iwo Jima was shelled and bombed for 70 days prior to the Americans landing. The Americans used 450 ships and 80,000 Marines. As said by Rosenthal, “Ships covered the ocean as far as I could see” (Buell 44). The fighting continued for 36 days and nights during the early months of 1945. There was 80,000 Americans and around 21,000 Japanese that fought on Iwo Jima. In the end only 1,200 Japanese survived, while there were 26,000 American causalities.
It was D-Day + 4 that brought the famous flag raising and its photograph by Joe Rosenthal. The photo has since been remembered in forms such as statues and stamps. Despite popular belief, the popular photograph of the flag raising is not the original flag raising. There was a second flag raising that involved replacing the…

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