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Trade Paperback. Immediately after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt sought to restore the honor of the United States with a dramatic act of vengeance: a retaliatory bombing raid on Tokyo. . . with black and white photographs at the rear of the book....

Title : The First Heroes: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raid--America's First World War II Vict ory
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ISBN : 9780142003411
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Number of Pages : 464 Pages
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The First Heroes: The Extraordinary Story of the Doolittle Raid--America's First World War II Vict ory Reviews

  • Scott Archer
    2019-01-20 07:58

    Great book but i cannot understand the author's sudden shift to religion the last 20% of the book. It was like a great movie being interrupted because my mother accidentally taped over it with an episode of the 700 club. There had been no discussion of religion previously, and it was not relevant to the story. It was almost as if the author was saying the U.S. was superior morally and militarily because of Christianity. That said, the first 80% is very good.

  • Hunter
    2019-01-25 03:21

    “The First Hero’s” written by Craig Nelson is a historical nonfiction book about Americas first win after World War II’s Pearl Harbor incident. The group of soldiers are sent to Japan to hit them with a revenge raid of dropping bombs in Tokyo. They were lead by Jimmy Doolittle, a U.S lieutenant. Everyone thought it would be a suicide mission but instead turned out to be an amazing American victory and one of the major turning points in World War II. The book had a surprising amount of information and an ample amount of detail of the accounts of Jimmy’s raid. It also had a bit of humor in it which some people might enjoy.

  • Cynthia
    2019-02-06 07:09

    Excellent! The author knows how to tell a story. I have seen "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" countless times, and although I knew that some of the Raiders had been executed, I did not know the details of their deaths or the details of the other Raiders' capture/escape/mental and physical conditions. The details of what solitary confinement can do to someone mentally was heartbreaking to read. One thought I had when I first started to read this book in regards to the title: I think the "First Heroes" of World War Two, were the men and women who were killed and those who survived the attack on December 7, 1941.

  • Darrel Bartell
    2019-02-01 02:12

    excellent book on history of war in the Pacific after Pearl Harbor, very personal story's of each of the Doolittle Raiders who were POW's of Japan, terrible and horrible hardships. not all of them survived, but some went on to other battles and campaigns. I highly recommend this book.

  • Michael H20
    2019-02-15 00:17

    The First Heroes is a non-fiction book about the first victory of the United States after Pearl Harbor. The flying ace Jimmy Doolittle was recruited by the Unites States military to lead a group of Army Air Core bombers. Their mission: strike a major blow to Japanese morale and military factories and equipment. The mission, if successful was thought of as suicide. With his team of volunteer Air Core members, they headed to Tokyo for their attack. This book follows their journey to Tokyo, and what happened to the sixteen individual bombers and their teams after the attack. One theme of this story is that you don't know if something will work well or not, so just try and see what happens.This book impressed me with the amazing bravery of Doolittle and his men. They never thought of themselves, and instead thought of their fellow soldiers and how this could affect the war. The men of this event were selfless and always felt that they should have done more with Jimmy Doolittle saying " There has never been a time when I've been completely satisfied with myself (363)." What also impressed me was the amount of brutal torture that the captured men of the mission had to endure. A few unfortunate soldiers fell into the Japanese's hands. Some of the accounts of the soldiers who were able to leave described how "Some POW's were forced to drink gallons of water and then lie on the floor as five guards took turns jumping on their stomachs." This was cruel and unusual torture of the Doolittle men, and despite this they were brave enough to make it out and return to the United States. Finally, what was impressive was the ability of the Chinese citizens who helped the soldiers. Their plan was to land in a part of free China, but when their planes ran out of gas everyone realized that was not going to be possible. Many of the planes landed safely, a few had rougher landings and injuries. The injuries were treated in part by the Chinese, who caught wind of the successful Tokyo raid. The Chinese assisted in escorting the soldiers to free China. One of the men from one of the bomber crews nicknamed "Shorty" had hurt his leg and was very tired. While washing himself off in a creek he notices some Chinese men show up. One of these men, "Offered to carry me on his back. I laughed at him because I thought I would be too heavy for him. He insisted and when I did, he threw it into high blower and went up and downs those hills for two miles like a billy goat." (197) The Chinese supported the Americans because the bombing raid not only boosted American Morale but Chinese morale as well. This was impressive that the news reached China this fast.Overall, I thought this was a good historical book to read. It provided accurate information about past events, and how they unfolded. I would recommend this book to anyone who is into history and nonfiction books. This book has variety in the fact that it provides multiple different perspectives of everyone's personal account.

  • Jake Rosentrater
    2019-01-22 04:14

    The First HeroesMy book is based on a true story of the men of seventeen bombardment group. Their mission was to drop a bomb on multiple cities in japan. It was considered a suicide mission to most. It was the first attack on japan and would spark world war 2. The first half in the book is all about them preparing for the bombing and training. They were told before hand that they would most likely die attempting this mission. They were told that if they were shot down while flying and were captured they would most likely be tortured for years. These men attempting this top secret mission were in their early 20’s and didn't really care about their futures they were just living in the moment.Throughout the story there is a moral struggle between one of the men between either quitting the mission or going through with it. He had a child to care about but i the end he went through with the mission to serve his country. this book is intense and has lots of action in it. It gets dull at times but you just have to keep reading because it gets really good near the half waypoint. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes war books and world war 2 history books.

  • Don
    2019-01-31 04:01

    actions of ordinary people unusual times, bomb sub 65 miles off WA coast, Eleanor not all are snakes, special aviation project1, east coast turn-off lights lost 397 ships 6 months, April Japan studies ship movements, failure of US to take Japan seriously, knew attack coming after Germans attacked London May 40, Roosevelt recession, Joe Kennedy don’t send supplies to England, media cover only 2 shots in wheel chair, after Pearl fdr concern now I will go down in history disgraced, military under fdr slipped to 14th place, bad equipment quality not addressed till Truman, fdr in 38 thought Germany to war, 75mph at 170mph speed, 90 bldgs, Flying Tigers not aware, day later Chinese knew of, Shangrila to Camp David, Russian black bread, 80 crew 75 10mia, Japan counter 250K Chinese, developed drug war via fleas plagues, some come home as heroes others as angels, NW OR bomb after Midway, 3 executed in Japan plus 1 survived and forgave via Bible read pray and bear witness, fire bombing 16sq miles, fire balloons to US 1K, Pacific war 4 years occupy 7 years, Pearl lack of single responsibility, Doolittle 265 planes age 96, Mrs Chiang Kai-Shek 105 NYC, Great East Asian War.

  • Jc
    2019-02-19 01:23

    The First Heroes is purportedly about one of the most influential bomber raids in the history of 20th century air warfare. But this is not a dry historical description of one event in WWII. Instead, the author uses the Doolittle Raid as a central event to weave the entire story of the 1930s-40s war in the Pacific around. A good introductory read for those who do not know a lot about this side of WWII, and at the same time, an interesting discussion for those with a little more background. Though some historians have complained about a minor detail or two, overall this is a well done overview of the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo. Among his other resources is the work and notes of Carroll Glines, author of The Doolittle Raid (see my review).

    2019-01-30 03:09

    This book is on the 2006 CSAF Reading List. (See CSAF Professional Reading Program)I usually like getting my history from an encyclopedia; however, this book was fantastic. The author covered ever detail available to him with plenty of first-hand interviews from both the United States and Japan. He also gave just the right amount of background information on World War II, Pearl Harbor, the United States and Japan as a whole without getting off subject. This was a very well written book.

  • Paige Gordon
    2019-02-06 00:10

    This was an amazing book about the Doolittle Raiders and everything they went through before, during and after their infamous raid on Tokyo. I read the kids Landmark version of 30 Second Over Tokyo when I was younger so I remembered some of the story, but still found the details and the story telling in this book very compelling and totally fascinating. The things those men went through were truly incredible and they deserve (like so many other heroes) to have their stories read and shared so they continue to be an inspiration for people of generations to come. I highly recommend this book!

  • Chadwick
    2019-02-16 04:59

    My favorite line in the major Hollywood picture "Pearl Harbor" is delivered by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle: "Boys, there's a phrase I want you to memorize: 'Wo si yi ge mae guo ren.' It means 'I am an American' Chinese." Classic. Believe it or not, though, this book is even better than Alec Baldwin's delivery. There's so much to this unbelievably bold chapter in WWII history, and this book covers it all in exhaustive detail without being too exhausting to read. If you like impossible missions, larger-than-life characters, and America, "First Heroes" is sure to delight and amaze you.

  • Jessica
    2019-01-28 06:11

    Personalizes and humanizes the stories of those who participated in the raid while giving historical background for the raid within the larger context of the war. Nelson certainly does not hold anything back in describing the Japanese atrocities in China before and after the raid, as well as in telling the torture of those eight raiders who were captured and held until 1945 (three of whom were executed after a "trial" in 1942). Readers should be prepared for that level of detail. Still, a very engaging story.

  • Brett
    2019-01-27 00:21

    I've always heard that the Doolittle Raiders were heroes, but I never knew the details of what they did. This book gives an in depth look into their story, and is a must read for anyone who wants to understand their part in WWII. Reading the accounts of what some of them went through before the raid, during the raid, and afterward in Japanese prison camps, Russia, and even in the United States upon their return really mixes the emotions you feel throughout the book. I finished the book and immediately wanted to know more about not only their stories, but other stories from WWII.

  • Dave
    2019-01-23 06:15

    I stumbled across this book while looking for another book written by the same author. I reccomend this book and great story to anyone who enjoys WWII history. I didnt know much about the raid other than the movie and Book 30 seconds Over Tokyo, and the last part of the movie Pearl Harbor. If there was ever a time that the US needed a much needed dose of morale it was in 1942. While the raid did not cause much in the way of a militatry victory. Just the fact that we did was cause enough for celebration.

  • Grant
    2019-01-23 07:05

    A very thorough examination of the Doolittle Raiders, based mainly on interviews with the survivors. The great stregth of the work is Nelson's decision to follow as many of the Raiders as possible through the war - as internees, POWs, patients, or on to new assignments. Unfortunately, when providing context outside the immediate circle of the Raiders, too many errors creep into the narrative for it to be fully satisfying.

  • Sue
    2019-01-24 06:23

    It was a great book, the author compiled the information from the DooLittle Raid and from the men who participated and what happened to them. It was well done. He talked about Pearl Harbor, The DooLittle Raid, more on WW2 and facts surrounding that I didn't know. There were a few times when he got technical with, how many guns the planes had and how many planes fit on a navy ship, etc. Who was captain of what boat... My husband loooved it all, I skimmed those parts. Loved the rest.

  • Lew
    2019-01-21 02:20

    This a very detailed history of the Doolittle raid on Tokyo at the start of World War II. It is very easy reading. It is is an incredible story especially what happened to all the crews after they bombed Tokyo. I would recommend who reads WWII histories and to anyone who wants to read about America's first group of heroes, who took the war directly to the Japanese homeland several months after Pearl Harbor.

  • Cindy
    2019-01-29 01:18

    Exciting, informative - keeps readers interest unlike most history books. Lots of background on pilots & others serving on both sides of WWII. Not just for history buffs. Recommended. Reader, Raymond Todd does a nice job, clear & easily heard. No graphic sex or language. Enjoyable. ©2002Can't recommend all of this author's book, however... just FYI.

  • Scott Loughridge
    2019-01-26 00:18

    Great book about the Doolittle raiders. The build up to the raid gives just enough info to get the job done, the aftermath is more interesting than the raid or even the war. The stories of every single man on the raid is one that needed to be told, each one could and should have their on story told in a separate book. Great read.

  • Joe Chapman
    2019-02-11 07:17

    Extraordinary! Well written and I loved all of the detail about each of the Raiders. They just had their last reunion less than two months ago at the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB and they cracked open the bottle of 1896 cognac. I have not read a book about the Raid since I was in high school so I picked this one and was glad I did.

  • Andrew
    2019-02-02 05:24

    I saw the author on CSPAN's Book TV when this books first came out in 2001. I bought it and it has gathered dust on my shelf for 10 years. When I finally cracked it open, I was completely engaged. The fact that these young guys - many of them only in their 20s - could take on such a dangerous mission is amazing to me. An excellent use of interviews to create a compelling historic narrative.

  • Mike Prochot
    2019-02-18 06:16

    The Doolittle Raid has spawned dozens of books. I have just about read them all over the years. This is one of the (if not The) most complete and yet concise re-tellings I have read. Very enjoyable in regard to the personal sides of the men involved. A lot of new information.Outstanding.

  • Beth/Chuck
    2019-02-09 00:03

    This was by far the best and most comprehensive book about the actual mission and events before it happened. Also covers what happened to each crew and most members after the mission. Excellent book from cover to cover. I highly reccomend it to anyone interested in World War II history.

  • David
    2019-02-09 07:09

    If you're not familiar with the Doolittle Raid, this is the mission that was poorly portrayed at the end of the movie Pearl Harbor. You'll want to check this out if you're interested in the actual story.

  • Peter Galamaga
    2019-01-31 23:59

    I didn't know anything about the Doolittle Raid or what they endured in the Japanese prison camps. Or the capacity for forgiveness of many warriors from both sides.I continue to be inspired by stories of ordinary people who do extraordinary things.

  • Paula
    2019-01-26 02:15

    A very interesting story brilliantly told. Has detailed coverage of events leading up to Pearl Harbour and the Doolittle raids, and plenty of follow-up information.

  • Nancy Loe
    2019-02-17 00:56

    Excellent, excellent history of the Doolittle Raid over Tokyo in 1942 and quite the best of what's been published. Read this instead of slogging through Ken Burns's The War.

  • Bob
    2019-02-12 07:23

    The true story of the famous Doolittle raid on Tokyo. The almost impossible retaliatory bombing raid on Japan after Pearl Harbor and what happeded to the bomber crews.

  • Steve
    2019-02-03 01:56

    Good and interesting read on the Doolittle Raid over Tokyo.