By James M. Scott
Finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in History.
"Like Lauren Hillebrand's Unbroken…Target Tokyo brings to lifestyles an indelible era." —Ben Cosgrove, The day-by-day Beast
In December 1941, as American forces tallied the useless at Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Roosevelt amassed together with his senior army counselors to devise an bold counterstrike opposed to the center of the japanese Empire: Tokyo. 4 months later, on April 18, 1942, 16 U.S. military bombers below the command of daredevil pilot Jimmy Doolittle lifted off from the deck of the USS Hornet on a one-way venture to pummel the enemy’s factories, refineries, and dockyards after which break out to loose China. For Roosevelt, the raid was once a propaganda victory, a powerful salve to heal a wounded state. In Japan, outraged over the deaths of blameless civilians—including children—military leaders introduced an ill-fated try to grab halfway that will flip the tide of the struggle. however it was once the chinese language who suffered the worst, sufferers of a retaliatory crusade by means of the japanese military that claimed an predicted 250,000 lives and observed households drowned in wells, complete cities burned, and groups devastated through bacteriological warfare.
At the heart of this very good tale is Doolittle, the son of an Alaskan gold prospector, a former boxer, and fantastic engineer who earned his doctorate from MIT. different interesting characters populate this gripping narrative, together with Chiang Kai-shek, Lieutenant normal Joseph “Vinegar Joe” Stilwell, and the feisty Vice Admiral William “Bull” Halsey Jr. the following, too, are indelible pix of the younger pilots, navigators, and bombardiers, lots of them little greater than little ones, who raised their fingers to volunteer for a project from which few anticipated to come. lots of the bombers ran out of gasoline and crashed. Captured raiders suffered torture and hunger in Japan’s infamous POW camps. Others confronted a harrowing break out throughout China—via boat, rickshaw, and foot—with the japanese military in pursuit.
Based on ratings of never-before-published files drawn from information throughout 4 continents in addition to new interviews with survivors, Target Tokyo is global struggle II heritage of the top order: a harrowing experience tale that still serves as a pivotal reexamination of 1 of America’s so much bold army operations.