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In this World War II classic, Captain Ted W. Lawson tells the story of America’s legendary strike back on the Japanese Empire in one of the most daring missions in military aviation history: the legendary Doolittle Raid.

After Pearl Harbor, America seemed to have lost the war before it had begun. Allied forces were being beaten across the Pacific by the Japanese military juggernaut, and morale was at the breaking point. America desperately needed to strike back at the enemy.

For this, a corps of heroic volunteer fliers led by Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle began training to attack the very heart of the Japanese Empire—Tokyo.

To succeed, the "Tokyo Raiders" would have to launch sixteen fully loaded B-25 twin-engine medium bombers off the deck of the aircraft carrier Hornet—something never done before—and land at airfields in China.

Through courage and luck, the raid itself went flawlessly. But bad weather, lack of fuel, and darkness worked against many of the pilots and, for many, escaping China proved even more perilous than the mission....

This gripping eyewitness account is hailed as "the most stirring story of individual heroism that [the war] has so far produced" ( The New York Times), featuring never-before-seen historical photos.

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Hoosier Hayseed
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A Stroke Of Genius
Reviewed in the United States on June 24, 2020
At a time when the public mood was at its lowest ebb ever, after the overwhelming defeat at Pearl Harbor - or, actually, the sneak attack on our Pacific Fleet that caught us totally unprepared, we desperately needed something to restore some semblance of hope to come... See more
At a time when the public mood was at its lowest ebb ever, after the overwhelming defeat at Pearl Harbor - or, actually, the sneak attack on our Pacific Fleet that caught us totally unprepared, we desperately needed something to restore some semblance of hope to come forth.
The Japanese had just sucker-punched us, and annihilated over 2400 of our soldiers and sailors, and, with the exception of our aircraft carriers, which just happened to be on other missions at the time, totally wiped out our entire Pacific Fleet.
Added to the fact that the Japanese were simply steam-rolling us every day and at every turn, the feeling of doom was settling deep into the national psyche.
We were still reeling from the very idea of Japan, a tiny island nation, having the audacity to take on and actually attack, with an attitude of certain victory, a huge nation like the U.S.A.
We just hadn''t had time to get our thinking in order and wake up to the fact that these people were very serious, and we had better get equally serious about beating them.
The idea of transporting land-based bombers by aircraft carrier to within striking distance of Japan, and then after the strike, since they were not equipped to return to the carrier for landing, having them fly on to land in China, was a brilliant stroke of retribution.
I don''t know if President Roosevelt thought it up himself, but he was certainly 100% behind it, and the spark was lit to pull out all the stops and give the Japanese a taste of their own medicine.
The idea of retaliating with an "eye for an eye," when the Japanese very smugly felt that there was nothing we could do, went a long way toward restoring our self-confidence and striking fear in the hearts of our tormentors, with the definite implication that there was more to come, and that it would be much worse.
And that proved to be exactly what happened.
The curious part of the whole thing was that they didn''t find it difficult to travel, in strength, to seek out and attack Pearl Harbor, but for some reason felt that we wouldn''t be able to find them to give them tit for tat when the opportunity presented itself.
But unlike an aircraft carrier, an island can''t perform evasive maneuvers.
The warlords of Japan made it even harder for themselves than it needed to be, by declaring that they would fight to the last man and never give an inch, which gave us no choice but to resort to taking them at their word, and proceed to wipe out the last man, if that''s what they insisted on.
But as it transpired, the fact that they utilized the aircraft carrier to carry out their devastation only hastened the demise of the battleship and brought forth the era of the carrier - and with it the stupendous rush of inventiveness, in one after another new plane designs, each one outdoing the one that went before.
By a fluke, our meager collection of rudimentary aircraft carriers escaped the surprise attack, and pulled the greatest upset in naval history in our devastating victory at Midway.
Our battleships were history, and so we replaced them with bigger and newer and more modern aircraft carriers, and once the party started, we just kept it going until it culminated in the complete devastation of Japan.
Even without the atomic bomb, we fire-bombed so much of Japan that whole cities were virtually leveled, and still they insisted on continuing the war.
The difference was that the atomic bomb was so totally devastating, they could but wonder what would happen next.
If they only knew - we had virtually shot our wad, and didn''t have any more bombs to drop.
Truly a perfect example of reaping what you have sown.
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What an absolute treasure & 100% treat
Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2020
I loved every single thing about this book - what a joy to read it. The concise, descriptive, steady pace Mr. Lawson wrote with was a joy on every page. I’d recommend this to anyone who enjoys American history, especially WWII, but also to anyone who appreciates an... See more
I loved every single thing about this book - what a joy to read it. The concise, descriptive, steady pace Mr. Lawson wrote with was a joy on every page.
I’d recommend this to anyone who enjoys American history, especially WWII, but also to anyone who appreciates an honest, unadulterated testimony to human spirit.
I chose 5 stars because I cannot recall the last time a book engaged me so thoroughly and so enthusiastically from the first word to the last page. Brilliant, brilliant piece of writing.
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A Really Great First Person Account
Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2016
This is a great first person account by an actual member of the famous "Doolittle Raid". The book is written by Captain Lawson, a pilot. The book reads as a memoir that is not written by a professional author. The book can be read and appreciated by a wide range... See more
This is a great first person account by an actual member of the famous "Doolittle Raid". The book is written by Captain Lawson, a pilot. The book reads as a memoir that is not written by a professional author. The book can be read and appreciated by a wide range of readers.

I cannot overstate how much I appreciate this book, Captain Lawson, and these other individuals. I will not risk being a "spoiler". America has never been a perfect country, including now. And the modern civil rights movement had not kicked into gear as of the onset of World War II. But there are a lot of reasons to be proud of, and thankful to, the "greatest generation". If you are looking for another reason, read this book. Thank You...
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Teacher of Teachers
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Extraordinary first-person story.
Reviewed in the United States on November 25, 2017
There''s no understanding an operation like this without the first-person perspective. What this guy went through is unimaginable. You get two main stories: how he got involved in the Doolittle Raid (e.g., how he and his peers volunteered without being told the... See more
There''s no understanding an operation like this without the first-person perspective. What this guy went through is unimaginable.

You get two main stories: how he got involved in the Doolittle Raid (e.g., how he and his peers volunteered without being told the target, even as they were training), and how he survived with the help of the Chinese and missionaries there.

The author was a pilot, assisted by a newspaper writer. This is not great literature in the usual sense, just an ordinary person''s anything-but-ordinary story. The details are amazing, like coming in over Tokyo Bay, even being waved at by people who could not imagine this was not one of their own bombers.

Having read the book I''m going to watch the movie, which came out during WWII, shortly after the author''s story appeared as a series of magazine articles.
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Hostman
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My "aviation" beginning
Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2014
I can remember reading this book when I was just a young kid. It was my father''s book and once I started reading it, I was hooked. I truly believe that my interest in aviation came from this reading. After joining the Navy, I was assigned to work in a control... See more
I can remember reading this book when I was just a young kid. It was my father''s book and once I started reading it, I was hooked. I truly believe that my interest in aviation came from this reading.

After joining the Navy, I was assigned to work in a control tower as an "Air Controlman". Also while in the Navy I leaned to fly and subsequently went to work for the FAA as an "Air Traffic Controller". It was during one of those days while working at the Santa Monica Airport control tower that I''ll remember all my life.

It was a Sunday and there was a "fly-in" and airshow going on. Even though it was a Sunday, my tower chief was in attendance and enjoying the show from the tower''s vantage point. The chief, knowing that I was a WWII aviation nut, took me aside and said to me "lets take a ride". The tower building was located on the opposite side of the airport''s runway from the cities airport office. It was in this location that all the commotion was. Speeches were going on and airplane rides given etc.

The chief and I drove to the airport office and parked the car. After exiting the car we walked towards the airport office. Coming towards us was a very short man with a bald head, very tanned, with a big smile on his face. The three of us stopped together and the tower chief said to me, I want you to meet Jimmy Doolittle. I didn''t know what to say, I was in shock. Jimmy Doolittle had been a hero of mine since reading this book. I shook the hand of a true aviation hero with such a long list of accomplishments, including the Tokyo raid. This man had shaken the hands of presidents, kings and just about everyone else of importance, and here I am shaking his.

This meeting had been set up by my tower chief because my true love of aviation and it''s history. To think that Jimmy Doolittle would spend his time to even entertain meeting me shows the character of the man.

This is a great book. Ted Lawson did a good job of putting you in the cockpit with him and his crew and experiencing all the pain and suffering during their ordeal to reach safety...
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Page Turner
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2019
I ordered the book because I had watched the 1944 movie, and I watched the movie because I had read in a movie review that "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" was one of the best depictions of air warfare in WWII. And, it was very interesting and engrossing. After watching the movie, I... See more
I ordered the book because I had watched the 1944 movie, and I watched the movie because I had read in a movie review that "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" was one of the best depictions of air warfare in WWII. And, it was very interesting and engrossing. After watching the movie, I decided to read the book. The movie followed the book very closely, but the book has much more detail about about the raid and about the crew''s injuries and eventual escape from China. I have passed the book on to a friend who is a retired test pilot.
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SJB
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Deserving of a Place in History
Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2016
Very good. It definitely has a place in history so that people in the future will know the REAL story from someone who was THERE, rather than the rewritten history we seem to hear more and more of. The ordeals which some members of the crew of The Ruptured Duck... See more
Very good. It definitely has a place in history so that people in the future will know the REAL story from someone who was THERE, rather than the rewritten history we seem to hear more and more of.

The ordeals which some members of the crew of The Ruptured Duck B-25 underwent due to severe injuries, is a testament to the human spirit. I was also amazed by the way the ordinary Chinese people (I got a real kick out of the guy they called ''Johnny Beep-beep''), and later, the missionaries, helped our aircrews out in spite of the threat of death from occupying Japanese troops. This was, of course, pre-Mao, but the threat from the occupying Japanese was every bit as great. Their courage should be honored as well, and deserves to be a part of that history, also.
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Ooltewah Bill
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Great Story
Reviewed in the United States on January 26, 2020
The book was a gift to a young history teacher. There are many great stories of courage and honor from World War II. None of these pass through the college professor filter that our schools provide. The book was a best seller at a time in the country when there was... See more
The book was a gift to a young history teacher. There are many great stories of courage and honor from World War II. None of these pass through the college professor filter that our schools provide. The book was a best seller at a time in the country when there was little good news, and we felt vulnerable to the advances of evil. Heroism is a powerful topic, and it is hard to believe we would publish these details while still fighting a powerful enemy. Worth a read. billooltewah
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J. Rottweiller Swinburne
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Gripping
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 7, 2011
This is the account, from one of the pilots on the mission, of the famous Doolittle raid on Japan in 1942. The film of the same name was based on this book. I have read many accounts of action in WW11 from those directly involved, and this stands out as one of the best. The...See more
This is the account, from one of the pilots on the mission, of the famous Doolittle raid on Japan in 1942. The film of the same name was based on this book. I have read many accounts of action in WW11 from those directly involved, and this stands out as one of the best. The author gives a vivid impression of how the idea of the raid came about, what the training was like, and how everyone involved (rather as with the Dambusters raid, with which this operation can be compared on many levels) tried to guess what the mission was going to be, as no-one was told until the voyage on the USS Hornet was well underway. Most gripping of all, from my point of view, was the level of tension experienced by all the crews as they neared their target - the sleeplessness, the anxiety, the self-searching - and the description of the launch of the mission, with all those lumbering bombers crowded together on the cramped deck of the Hornet, finally taking off in the middle of a gale. Talk about a Wing and a Prayer... Afterwards there is the description of what happened to the various crews, their trials and tribs as they sought to avoid capture by the Japanese. The ordeal gone through by the author, who had severe facial injuries and who lost a leg through infection and subsequent amputation, is described in unsparing detail. The courage of people in situations like this never ceases to amaze me. And all this in less than 200 pages. Brilliant.
This is the account, from one of the pilots on the mission, of the famous Doolittle raid on Japan in 1942. The film of the same name was based on this book.
I have read many accounts of action in WW11 from those directly involved, and this stands out as one of the best. The author gives a vivid impression of how the idea of the raid came about, what the training was like, and how everyone involved (rather as with the Dambusters raid, with which this operation can be compared on many levels) tried to guess what the mission was going to be, as no-one was told until the voyage on the USS Hornet was well underway. Most gripping of all, from my point of view, was the level of tension experienced by all the crews as they neared their target - the sleeplessness, the anxiety, the self-searching - and the description of the launch of the mission, with all those lumbering bombers crowded together on the cramped deck of the Hornet, finally taking off in the middle of a gale. Talk about a Wing and a Prayer...
Afterwards there is the description of what happened to the various crews, their trials and tribs as they sought to avoid capture by the Japanese. The ordeal gone through by the author, who had severe facial injuries and who lost a leg through infection and subsequent amputation, is described in unsparing detail. The courage of people in situations like this never ceases to amaze me.
And all this in less than 200 pages. Brilliant.
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jeremy scarsbrook
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amazing bravery from pilots and crew.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 6, 2021
One of the best flying stories I have ever read. Almost too incredible to be true. But it is true.
One of the best flying stories I have ever read. Almost too incredible to be true. But it is true.
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Sandra H.
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Informative and great read.
Reviewed in Canada on June 6, 2018
Well written. Informative and great read.
Well written. Informative and great read.
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Jerome
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A very touching first hand narration of the Doolittle raid. Highly recommended.
Reviewed in Italy on April 25, 2014
Fantastic book, liked everything. It should be recommended reading in schools as an example of courage and dedication-qualities in short supply nowadays.
Fantastic book, liked everything. It should be recommended reading in schools as an example of courage and dedication-qualities in short supply nowadays.
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Enrique González Fernández
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Buen libro
Reviewed in Spain on August 15, 2014
Siempre me ha gustado todo lo relacionado con la Segunda Guerra Mundial, por eso elegí este libro, que trata de uno de los ataques aéreos más audaces de toda la guerra
Siempre me ha gustado todo lo relacionado con la Segunda Guerra Mundial, por eso elegí este libro, que trata de uno de los ataques aéreos más audaces de toda la guerra
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