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

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

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Finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in History



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


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 Japan’s factories, refineries, and dockyards in retaliation for their attack on Pearl Harbor. 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 in retaliation by the Japanese. Deeply researched and brilliantly written, Target Tokyo has been hailed as the definitive account of one of America’s most daring military operations.



James M. Scott is the author of Black Snow, Rampage, and Target Tokyo, a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He lives in Charleston, South Carolina.
Product Details ISBN: 9780393352276
ISBN-10: 0393352277
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: April 4th, 2016
Pages: 672
Language: English
Gripping, compulsively readable…will have great appeal to anyone with even a passing interest in the Second World War.
— Terry Hartle - Christian Science Monitor

Vividly narrates the saga…Scott uses original, almost untapped sources and carefully balances praise for the 80 airmen’s valor and a sober appraisal of the terrible costs.
— Alexander Rose - Wall Street Journal

Scott’s tight prose and meticulous research provide a gripping and at times heartbreaking account of the raid.
— Bob Carden - Philadelphia Inquirer

The Doolittle raid and its effects need to be remembered; Target Tokyo will make them hard to forget.

— Ray Locker - USA Today

Scott is an agile writer who offers strong portraits of key figures such as Doolittle. And his immense amount of research enabled him to produce a book that appeals not just to military buffs, but to a much broader audience.
— Hal Bernton - Seattle Times

[A] breakthrough work of popular history.
— Michael Giltz - Huffington Post

A fantastic story fantastically told.
— 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

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

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

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