The First Heroes: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raid--America's First World War II Vict ory

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Penguin, Sep 30, 2003 - History - 448 pages
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Immediately after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt sought to restore the honor of the United States with a dramatic act of vengeance: a retaliatory bombing raid on Tokyo. On April 18, 1942, eighty brave young men, led by the famous daredevil Jimmy Doolittle, took off from a navy carrier in the mid-Pacific on what everyone regarded as a suicide mission but instead became a resounding American victory and helped turn the tide of the war. The First Heroes is the story of that mission. Meticulously researched and based on interviews with twenty of the surviving Tokyo Raiders, this is a true account that almost defies belief, a tremendous human drama of great personal courage, and a powerful reminder that ordinary people, when faced with extraordinary circumstances, can rise to the challenge of history.
 

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A very good read overall. The book moves quite quickly developing the participants stories. Either a benefit or a drawback, it actually covers, in some detail, other aspects of the Pacific theater. In ... Read full review

The first heroes: the extraordinary story of the Doolittle Raid--America's first World War II victory

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The Doolittle Raid in April 1942 consisted of 16 B-25 bombers, crewed by 80 volunteers, who made the first air raid on the home islands of Japan. Four months after Pearl Harbor, they struggled off ... Read full review

Contents

VOLUNTEERS
THE MAN WHO CAN NEVER STAND STILL
SHIP
DAI NIPPON TEIKOKU
THE DREAMER PARALYZED
LIFTOFF
BOMB
CRASH
SEIZED
DEATH
METAMORPHOSIS
PEACE
CODA
Acknowledgements
SOURCES
PERMISSIONS

ESCAPE

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Craig Nelson is the author of four previous books, including The First Heroes and Let's Get Lost. His writings have appeared in Salon, The New England Review, Blender, Genre, and a host of other publications. He was an editor at HarperCollins, Hyperion, and Random House for almost twenty years and has been profiled by Variety, Interview, Manhattan, Inc., and Time Out.

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