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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 the heart of the Japanese Empire: Tokyo. Four months later, on April 18, 1942, 16 US 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 a 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.

©2015 James M. Scott (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Vengence is Mine, Thus Sayeth Doolittle

With all the war movies out there, I'm deeply surprised and disappointed that the only modern day film that addresses the Doolittle Raid is Pearl Harbor and after reading this book, most of that part of the film seems apocryphal.

The Doolittle Raiders are truly American Heroes who really set off on America's only Kamikaze style raid (i.e., they really didn't think they would be coming home) only to actually survive the raid; some who survived probably wished they hadn't. However, the Pearl Harbor sucker punch had to be answered regardless of other circumstances and it seems Jimmy Doolittle was destined to be the man to introduce Japan to American ingenuity, technology, tenacity, and retaliation.

I knocked down the 'story' rating to 4 stars because I felt the technical aspects of training weren't really there. It was more like a quick overview of the birds. Additionally I felt some backstory to the volunteers would have been pertinent toward the beginning. You do get some of this but inserted throughout the narrative and then mostly at the end when discussing the aftermath of the raid on Tokyo.

Overall this account superseded my expectations and feel that both the author and narrator did a great job with this book.

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Great characters headline a little known story

James Scott once again brings a cast of characters to life in a thoughtful, gripping and heart-breaking story. I thought I knew something about the Doolittle raid... I was wrong. This book spans the globe, visits small town America and frozen Siberia, via a daring and controversial raid on Tokyo - and is as surprising as it is packed with detail.

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  • ERIC
  • Kauai, HI USA
  • 04-20-15

Couldn't put this down

By coincidence, local newspaper today, April 19, has syndicated AP story: "Their inspirational story 'will live on' " with photo of Thatcher & Cole; last two living survivors. Started Target Tokyo yesterday and just finished today . . . April 19 !!! How spooky/real.

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Amazing

What a story. I have listened to this book two times and am still in awe of the bravery and fortitude of these men. Definitely one of my favorite top 5 books I have listened to.

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I clung to every minute of this book

I was a little unsure diving into a 20 hour long book. My fear was that the book was going to be full of many unnecessary and an uninteresting points. This was a powerful and at times hard story that was very well told.

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Courageous Men Perform Amazing Feats

This book goes behind the scenes to tell the story behind the Doolittle Raid. The eagerness of these brave flyers to volunteer for a dangerous mission they knew absolutely nothing about was due to their desire to strike back at the Japanese who seemed beyond reach and their chance to fly under the great Doolittle. It was so sad to learn of the unspeakable horrors and endless days that awaited many in Japanese and Russian prison camps. Would many in today's America have been up to this challenge?
Narrator was fine, but I have heard many better.

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Great

Excellent story of history well written well narrated. Does not cover up the fact that many Chinese died as a result of the Tokyo raid.

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Outstanding

This is an outstanding. The best book I have had on the Dolittle Raiders. It covered the whole story.

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I Felt Like I Was in the Middle of the Action

Would you listen to Target Tokyo again? Why?

I'd listen to Target Tokyo again. The author and reader kept the action moving. The author provided a wealth of insight into Doolittle and the others who participated in the raid. I especially appreciated the focus on the fates of the pilots after they ditched their planes, when many fell into enemy hands.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Doolittle was fascinating. I didn't appreciate his early romance with flying or that he earned a doctorate from MIT. He spent his entire life preparing for an opportunity that didn't exist until it suddenly did and the country needed a strategist and leader immediately.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My extreme reaction to this book is that one man could both develop the strategy of the attack (which bombers can we launch from carriers? how must we modify them? when and from how far out do we attack?) and lead the attack (choose the pilots and crew, train them, inspire them, convince them that the plan wasn't crazy, help them understand the potential outcome, etc.).

Any additional comments?

If you like books like Alvin Townley's "Defiant," Daniel James Brown's "The Boys in the Boat" and/or Laura Hillenbrand's "Unbroken," you'll probably appreciate this book of courage, determination, teamwork and man's use of his ultimate weapon - his mind - to overcome incredible obstacles.

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Masterfully Written History of the Masterful Mission of 80 Brave American Hero’s

I can’t imagine the research and organization of historical documents, from multiple sources, that Scott had to juggle in order to retell this most amazing tale of America’s hero’s from the “Greatest Generation.” The story of the Doolittle Raiders is often lost because of the most notorious history coming from the European Theater. I urge anyone who loves history, and cares about our country and our serviceman to read this book. I enjoy Audible because it allows me to get through quickly and listen as I travel. The story is beautifully told and reads like a fictional novel with suspense, even though it is complete historical non-fiction. No one can imagine the sacrifice these 80 men were willing to make for not only our country, but the entire free world. Doolittle’s raid on Tokyo changed the tide of WWII and these men, who volunteered for a suicide mission and ensuing sacrifice should not go unnoticed or be in vein. To me, it is the duty of every American to teach this history to the next generation. Simply mind-boggling when you sink your mind and heart into what happened. I’d give this brilliant compilation of this book 100 Stars if I could!! Bravo to Scott for taking the time to write this.