Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor by James M. Scott. PART 5 OF 6.



(Photo: Lt. Col. Doolittle with members of his flight crew and Chinese officials in China after the attack. From left to right: Staff Sgt. Fred A. Braemer, bombardier; Staff Sgt. Paul J. Leonard, flight engineer/gunner; General Ho, director of the Branch Government of Western Chekiang Province; 1st Lt. Richard E. Cole, copilot; Doolittle; Henry H. Shen, bank manager; Lt. Henry A. Potter, navigator; Chao Foo Ki, secretary of the Western Chekiang Province Branch Government.)

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Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor by James M. Scott. PART 5 OF 6.

Chronicles of WWII’s submarine war remain popular, because while most combatants are cogs in gigantic military machines, a submarine lends itself to individuation. It often operated alone, and its combat success depended crucially on its commander’s risk-taking aggressiveness. Relying on the centrality of the commander, Scott recounts the Pacific war patrols of three U.S. submarines, of which two today are on display, the Drum in Mobile, Alabama, and the Silversides in Muskegon, Michigan. The third, the Tang, sank in battle. Providing character sketches of the boats’ commanders that note leadership style and pugnacity, Scott puts each on the periscope and describes the ensuing patrol. About 25 such episodes make up the narrative, which Scott expresses in dialogue akin to Edward Beach’s Run Silent, Run Deep (1955; movie, 1958) and fills with the navigational detail of hunting Japanese ships, firing torpedoes, and enduring depth-charge attacks. Though focusing on commanders, Scott expands to describe crew members’ roles, which further evokes the claustrophobic, dangerous world of the WWII sub. Scott (The Attack on the Liberty, 2009) satisfies the naval-history readership. --Gilbert Taylor --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.


“This is the most absorbing narrative of submarine warfare that I’ve read in years. The research is so deep, and the writing so vivid, I could practically feel the vast ocean closing over me as these three boats ranged the Pacific looking for the kill.” (James D. Hornfischer, author of Neptune’s Inferno: The U.S. Navy at Guadalcanal and The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors)

"Scott has a gift for dramatic narrative that illuminates the human dimension of this drama beneath the seas. . . . This is a riveting tale for World War II buffs." (Hank H. Cox The Washington Post)

“Beautifully researched and masterfully told, James Scott’s book is an enthralling and important addition to the story of undersea warfare.” (Alex Kershaw, New York Times bestselling author of Escape from the Deep and The Liberator)

“Meticulously researched and vividly written, Scott transports us convincingly to the wardroom of the Silversides, the bridge of the Tang, the torpedo room of the Drum. If you want to know what it was like to fight in a U.S. submarine during World War II, this is your book.” (Jonathan Parshall, co-author Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway)

“James Scott brilliantly captures the intensity of submarine combat with his pulse-racing narrative about three famous boats of the Pacific Fleet. You’ll need a towel to wipe the perspiration from your brow.” (Bruce Gamble, author of Fortress Rabaul and Black Sheep One)

“James Scott has crafted a superb tale about a group of young Americans who went unflinchingly to war with the odds very much against them—a tale that won't (and shouldn't) be forgotten.” (Flint Whitlock, author of The Depths of Courage: American Submariners at War with Japan, 1941-1945)

“The War Below is a cut above. . . . This fast-paced book will be a welcomed addition to the personal libraries of even the most well-read students of submarine warfare.” (Stephen L. Moore, author of Battle Surface! and Presumed Lost)

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