Picture Letters from the Commander-in-Chief
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 un...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by VIZ Media LLC
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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
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.