The First Heroes: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raid--America's First World War II Victory
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 victoryUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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 the ... Read full review
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