Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid that Avenged

James Scott

The dramatic account of one of America’s most celebrated— and controversial—military campaigns: the Doolittle Raid.

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 Tokyo. The top-secret bombing mission, led by daredevil Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle, was fraught with problems, but Doolittle and his men succeeded in striking the heart of the empire in April 1942. The raid buoyed America’s morale and prompted an ill-fated Japanese attempt to seize Midway that turned the tide of the war. But it came at a horrific cost. An estimated 250,000 Chinese died at the hands of the Japanese in retaliation.

Based on extensive research, Target Tokyo is the most comprehensive account to date of this extraordinary mission. With harrowing stories about the fate of Doolittle’s men after crash-landing in China and Russia, Target Tokyo is gripping popular history.
W.W. Norton
Norton: Target Tokyo

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