Book on Tokyo raid is right on target
Ray Locker, USA TODAY, June 7, 2015
"..."The Doolittle mission promised a potent tonic to the frustration brought on by Pearl Harbor, Wake, Guam, and now Bataan," author James Scott writes in Target Tokyo (***1/2 out of four). "But the recent disaster in the Philippines only magnified the enormous political risk of a mission grounded in the promise not of tactical gains but of positive headlines."
Generate headlines it did. Doolittle and his raiders were feted across the country. Even before the end of the war, the raid was part of the American legend. Doolittle was awarded the Medal of Honor, and Spencer Tracy played him in the 1944 movie Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo. The morale-building value for a nation uncertain of how to take on a war on two fronts was immeasurable.
Scott doesn't try to rebuild or tear down the legend, but to reshape it and provide the kind of clarity that emerges 73 years after the fact. He...