Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Picture Letters from the Commander-in-Chief” as Want to Read:
Picture Letters from the Commander-in-Chief
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Picture Letters from the Commander-in-Chief

4.39  ·  Rating Details ·  44 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
The battle of Iwo Jima was one of the bloodiest campaigns of WWII. Under the command of Lt. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi, the Japanese army held off U.S. Navy and Naval Air Corps. attack for over a month before finally succumbing to defeat. Comprised mostly of personal letters from Kuribayashi to his family, Picture Letters From the Commander in Chief offers readers a u ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by VIZ Media LLC
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Picture Letters from the Commander-in-Chief, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Picture Letters from the Commander-in-Chief

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
J.C.
Mar 10, 2008 J.C. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a book of letters to his young son who could not read yet. the general would draw pictures of his life and experiences in America (long before the war) and have his wife read the letters to his son as if it were a childrens picture book. I read it in conjunction with So Sad to Fall in Battle, which is a short war book which was the inspiration for the film Letters from Iwo Jima. I would recommend reading both at the same time as well.
Lana
May 26, 2012 Lana rated it it was amazing
I love this book. It is an elegant memorial to man that history has largely ignored. The dual text (Japanese and English) is a plus for those of us who read both languages. I cherish Kuribayashi's drawings and wish I could have met him: at a dinner party, not on a battle field. Then again, he never wanted to go to war against the U.S. He was a true soldier and a soldier loses the ability to have an opinion once he or she becomes a soldier; their job is to follow orders. Many, many people with lo ...more
Joseph
Jan 27, 2014 Joseph rated it really liked it
Here in the United States, we are not often exposed to Japanese perspectives on World War II. The recent, notable exception was Clint Eastwood's film Letters from Iwo Jima. This collection was the inspiration for that film.

General Tadamichi Kuribayashi was the Commander of Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Chichijima, and Hahajima at the end of the war. Forces under his command held Iwo Jima against the USMC for 35 days, and he himself was killed in the battle.

In the late 1920's, then Captain Kuriba
...more
Seul
May 01, 2014 Seul rated it really liked it
Truly not a war story you have ever been told. Tadamichi Kuribayashi's letters open his mind up to the general public and the people who want to know more about the man. I suggest you don't think of this book as just another war book. It's much more than that, I want to say thank you to Clint Eastwood for helping to tell his story
Thomas
Jul 16, 2010 Thomas rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: WWII lovers
Recommended to Thomas by: M-dawg
interesting book on the life of Tadamichi Kuribayashi any one interested in iwo jima or WWII should read it
Fernando
Dec 12, 2012 Fernando rated it it was amazing
Amazing.
It gives you an insight on who General Kuribayashi was and made him an officer, a father and a human being.
Albert
Albert rated it really liked it
Jan 22, 2008
Al.Qadim
Al.Qadim rated it liked it
Sep 04, 2015
Steven Cecil
Steven Cecil rated it it was amazing
Oct 29, 2016
Gilbert
Gilbert rated it really liked it
Jun 04, 2008
Maureen
Maureen rated it really liked it
Mar 02, 2011
William Beckford II
William Beckford II rated it it was amazing
May 03, 2010
Libby Thompson
Libby Thompson rated it really liked it
May 17, 2015
Sara
Sara rated it really liked it
Nov 16, 2008
Ivor Geoghegan
Ivor Geoghegan rated it really liked it
Jan 02, 2015
Mike Cunha
Mike Cunha rated it really liked it
May 28, 2015
Karina Douglas
Karina Douglas rated it really liked it
Feb 17, 2014
Hannah
Hannah rated it it was amazing
Mar 08, 2008
Jacob
Jacob rated it really liked it
Aug 26, 2014
Linda
Linda rated it it was amazing
Aug 01, 2008
Aiden
Aiden rated it really liked it
Apr 13, 2017
Mark Stevens
Mark Stevens rated it it was amazing
Aug 26, 2014
Ed
Ed rated it really liked it
Jan 25, 2012
David
David rated it really liked it
Jul 16, 2009
Pablo Almeida
Pablo Almeida rated it it was amazing
May 11, 2016
Laura Shibukawa
Laura Shibukawa rated it it was amazing
Mar 25, 2016
Laura Beth
Laura Beth rated it it was amazing
Jan 09, 2013
Suzan
Suzan rated it really liked it
Oct 10, 2015
MStephan
MStephan rated it it was amazing
Dec 05, 2014
Marie
Marie rated it really liked it
Oct 20, 2008
« previous 1 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book