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The First Heroes: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle… (edition 2003)
by Craig Nelson
The First Heroes: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raid--America's First World War II Victory by Craig Nelson
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142003417, Paperback)
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.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:59:55 -0400)
"Immediately after Japan's December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt sought to restore the honor of the United States with a dramatic act of vengeance: a retaliatory bombing raid on Tokyo itself. In those early days of World War II, the very notion of an attempt by America - which was ill prepared for any sort of warfare - to make a direct assault on Asia's military superpower was almost inconceivable. But FDR was not to be dissuaded, and at his bidding a squadron of scarcely trained army fliers, led by the famous daredevil Jimmy Doolittle, set forth on what everyone regarded as a suicide mission.". "The First Heroes is the story of this extraordinary mission, one of the most daring episodes of World War II. Although the Doolittle Raid became the basis for the classic 1944 film Thirty Seconds over Tokyo, this moment in history is surprisingly unfamiliar today. To give these heroes their due, Craig Nelson interviewed twenty of the surviving participants and researched more than forty thousand pages of books, periodicals, and archival documents. The fact that 90 percent of these men came home alive was little short of a miracle, as was the way their efforts revived the morale of the nation and helped convince the world that the Allies might eventually triumph."--BOOK JACKET.
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