Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor

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"Like Lauren Hillebrand's Unbroken...Target Tokyo brings to life an indelible era." ―Ben Cosgrove, The Daily Beast

In December 1941, as American forces tallied the dead at Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt gathered with his senior military counselors to plan an ambitious counterstrike against the heart of the Japanese Empire: Tokyo. Four months later, on April 18, 1942, sixteen U.S. Army bombers under the command of daredevil pilot Jimmy Doolittle lifted off from the deck of the USS Hornet on a one-way mission to pummel the enemy’s factories, refineries, and dockyards and then escape to Free China. For Roosevelt, the raid was a propaganda victory, a potent salve to heal a wounded nation. In Japan, outraged over the deaths of innocent civilians―including children―military leaders launched an ill-fated attempt to seize Midway that would turn the tide of the war. But it was the Chinese who suffered the worst, victims of a retaliatory campaign by the Japanese Army that claimed an estimated 250,000 lives and saw families drowned in wells, entire towns burned, and communities devastated by bacteriological warfare.

At the center of this incredible story is Doolittle, the son of an Alaskan gold prospector, a former boxer, and brilliant engineer who earned his doctorate from MIT. Other fascinating characters populate this gripping narrative, including Chiang Kai-shek, Lieutenant General Joseph “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell, and the feisty Vice Admiral William “Bull” Halsey Jr. Here, too, are indelible portraits of the young pilots, navigators, and bombardiers, many of them little more than teenagers, who raised their hands to volunteer for a mission from which few expected to return. Most of the bombers ran out of fuel and crashed. Captured raiders suffered torture and starvation in Japan’s notorious POW camps. Others faced a harrowing escape across China―via boat, rickshaw, and foot―with the Japanese Army in pursuit.

Based on scores of never-before-published records drawn from archives across four continents as well as new interviews with survivors, Target Tokyo is World War II history of the highest order: a harrowing adventure story that also serves as a pivotal reexamination of one of America’s most daring military operations.

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A former Nieman Fellow at Harvard, James M. Scott is the author of The War Below and The Attack on the Liberty, which won the Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison Award. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

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“Vividly narrates the saga of Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle's audacious raid, undoubtedly one of the greatest exploits of World War II...the story has been covered many times before, but never so fully as here.”
- Alexander Rose, Wall Street Journal

“Historian James M. Scott uncovers fresh material to provide an extraordinarily complete account of the 1941 Doolittle US air raid on Tokyo and its aftermath. The basic story is familiar but Scott tells it in so gripping a fashion that it will have great appeal for both World War II buffs and general readers.”
- Terry Hartle, Christian Science Monitor

“[A] breakthrough work of popular history.”
- Michael Giltz, Huffington Post

“A fantastic story, fantastically told.”
- The Charleston Mercury

“Filled with thrilling heroism and sacrifice, Target Tokyo is the definitive account of the amazing Doolittle raid.”
- Chris Patsilelis, Tampa Bay Times

“[A] brilliant tale of adventure and bravery...the telling is fresh and packs a wallop that puts it up with the best of World War II combat stories.”
- Edward Cuddihy, Buffalo News

“One of the most incredible accounts of American military valor I've ever read.”
- Pat Conroy

“A terrific story and a cracking good read.”
- Ian Toll, author of Pacific Crucible, War at Sea in the Pacific, 1941-1942

“The Doolittle raid on Tokyo was one of the most impossible, daring, and consequential missions ever taken by American military men, and James Scott brings it back to the reader with you-are-there immediacy and drama. Filled with great characters, great heroism, and great suffering, Target Tokyo is at once thorough, realistic, and thrilling.”
- Evan Thomas, author of Sea of Thunder and Ike's Bluff

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