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The First Heroes: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raid — America's First World War II Victory

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The Doolittle Raiders, as they became known, were a squadron of eighty scarcely trained young men led by the famous daredevil aviator Jimmy Doolittle. Their mission-the daring World War II bombing raid of Tokyo and other cities in April 1942-was successful until Japanese spies forced most of the squadron to crash-land in enemy-occupied China, where pilots were ferried underground across the country to safety. One plane landed in the Soviet port of Vladivostok, where the crew was eventually smuggled out of the country through Persia. Others were captured by the Japanese, confined to years of imprisonment and torture. The fact that 90 percent of the men involved came home alive was little short of a miracle.

Extensively researched, including interviews with twenty of the twenty-seven remaining survivors, The First Heroes vividly recreates America's first great victory of World War II. Craig Nelson follows the Doolittle Raiders from their secret training on a Florida airfield to their tense days in transit across the Pacific to the bombing itself and finally to their courageous accounts of survival against astonishing odds. This story of America's striking back at its enemies after a vicious surprise attack will resonate widely with the general public today and is sure to appeal to all readers of Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation.

About the Author

Craig Nelson is the author of three previous books, most recently Let's Get Lost. His writings have appeared in Salon.com and a host of other publications. He was an editor at HarperCollins, Hyperion, and Random House for almost twenty years and has been profiled by Variety, Interview, Manhattan File, Inc., The Daily News, Publishers Weekly, and Time Out New York.

Table of Contents

Contents

History Runs Away. . ., xi

Liftoff: April 18, 1942, xv

PART ONE, 1

Volunteers, 3

"The Man Who Can Never Stand Still", 32

Ship, 50

Dai Nippon Teikoku, 71

The Dreamer, Paralyzed, 96

Liftoff, 113

Bomb, 131

Crash, 161

PART TWO, 189

Escape, 191

Seized, 235

Death, 268

Metamorphosis, 298

Peace, 326

Coda, 354

Acknowledgments, 373

Notes, 375

Sources, 403

Index, 417

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670030873
Author:
Nelson, Craig
Publisher:
Viking Adult
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
History
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Tokyo
Subject:
Bombing, aerial
Subject:
World War, 19
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
5J02-03
Publication Date:
20020930
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.68x6.32x1.47 in. 1.77 lbs.

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Military » World War II » Aviation
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » General
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » Pacific

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