Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo

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Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo

Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo This is the Landmark Books edition for children This is the account of the historic Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in told by a crew member who lost a leg in the incident The adult version of the book w

  • Title: Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
  • Author: Ted Lawson Bob Considine
  • ISBN: 9780394903354
  • Page: 205
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This is the Landmark Books edition for children This is the account of the historic Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in 1942 told by a crew member who lost a leg in the incident The adult version of the book was an immediate best seller and was soon made into a movie of the same name.

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    1. Mimi Fintel on said:

      This book, written in 1943, is an oldie but a goodie. I had always heard of it and finally decided to read it. This book is an eyewitness account of the 1942 Dolittle Raid over Tokyo. Sixteen B-25's bombed industrial targets in Japan at close range. The mission was a success and Captain Lawson's plane bombed its assigned targets in just 30 seconds. However, because of bad weather, the plane ran short on fuel and ended up crashing in China. Luckily Lawson and his men were rescued by the Chinese. [...]

    2. Henry Le Nav on said:

      I am rating this as a 10 year old. Can't remember much about the book now, but I remember of liking it and reading it several times as a child

    3. G Hodges on said:

      I wonder why the word 'swell' fell out of favor as an adjective?The book starts with these two sentences: " I helped bomb Tokyo on the Dolittle Raid of April 18, 1942. I crashed in the China Sea." (for more info on the raid, try this link: enpedia/wiki/Doolittl There are many others, some better, but this has the best overview).I am a woman who was born several years after WWII ended, but heard 'war stories from the men of the family' so you might not think this would engage me, but it did. The [...]

    4. Robb on said:

      the Book I'm reading is called Thirty seconds over Tokyo. The book is about the time Ted Lawson has up to a raid this raid was somewhat revenge for pearl harbor. The Doolittle raid was were B-25 liberators took off from an aircraft carrier and bombed cities in japan. This book is about how Ted live and where he went before the raid. It tells about the time the the USS.Hornet the carrier of the B-25. After the plane he piloted crashed it tells of the brave Chinese citizens who risked their lives [...]

    5. Mack Simpson on said:

      I read this book in the second grade, many years ago, and it lit a candle on my reading of WWII history— and, indeed, my reading of history and historical biographies in general— that has yet to burn itself out.

    6. Jim on said:

      A simply and powerfully told story of the Doolittle raid over Japan in WWII. The account neatly captures without strain the ethos and manner of speech of that time.

    7. Tate Wise on said:

      It still captivates me to think a book written 74 years ago can still brilliantly inform a reader of the Doolittle Raid in his own personal view. The book Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo is magnificent in entertaining the reader. But in a historical and non-fiction manner. Captain Lawson begins his story with how he was introduced to the Army Air Force and how he joined. He then goes through the story of meeting his wife and training with his crew for the secret Doolittle Raid. He then informs the rea [...]

    8. Jeanne Hedge on said:

      Doolittle RaidersThis is the story of the WW2 "Doolittle Raid" on Japan, from the point of view of Ted Lawson, one of the bomber pilots. I thought it was an interesting subject. It was written and published during the war, so there's quite a bit of hiding of secrets and disguising identities, especially among the Chinese. The language used may sound a bit old fashioned and "rah-rah" to the modern reader, but what would you expect from a book written over during a war over 70 years ago.

    9. David Christensen on said:

      This was one of the first adventure books I picked for myself off the bookshelves of my grade school library 50+ years ago. It gave me my love of war novels and of history.

    10. Priscilla on said:

      A very good book and inspiring read. Would recommend for any one interested in WW2 history.

    11. J.S. on said:

      Pearl Harbor and the attacks on other American bases throughout the Pacific were an enormously demoralizing shock for the American public. So, the daring raid on the Japanese mainland less than 6 months later came as a complete surprise - to both Japan and America. If you've seen the movie Pearl Harbor, you might remember the raid the movie ends with. It's a bit dramatized, but not so far off. But what it doesn't convey is the huge impact such a small raid had on the war. The Japanese went from [...]

    12. Jeff on said:

      In the wake of the Pearl Harbor attacks, the US Military was looking for a way to retaliate, to strike back at the enemy and to boost the moral of a shocked nation. That way was the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo. Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle put together a group of volunteer B-25 crews that would take 16 planes off the deck of the USS Hornet (an airstrip VERY much shorter than the plane would normally use), fly for over 6 hours at wave top levels, pop up and bomb their military targets in various Japanese [...]

    13. Colby on said:

      This was a remarkable first person account of the Doolittle raids over Japan after Pearl Harbor told by Capt. Ted W. Lawson. However, the real story begins after the bombs were dropped as the crews try to coast on fumes toward their landing strips in China. Most crews end up having to bail out or crash land. With Japanese ground forces close on their trail, the men struggle to make their way to an Allied air base where they can be extracted. Lawson and the majority of his crew suffered major inj [...]

    14. Qiuld on said:

      Overall it is a thrilling story, not only to US patriots, but also to a Chinese who is living in US. A good example of cooperation of US and China to fight against Japan during World War II. Doolittle Raid may not as decisive as Battle of Midway. However, it really boosted the morale of both US troops and civilians after the nightmarish Attack on Pearl Harbor. Thus, to my point of view, this raid should be as an important turning point as the battle around Midway, from where, in Japanese thought [...]

    15. Geno Kludt on said:

      During WWII after Pearl Harbour, a daring attack was made on the main islands of Japan, which in some ways helped to turn the war. This book is about the events that happened to make all of this possible, including all the work they had to do to get a B-25 Mitchell Bomber to be able to take off a carrier deck (WWII carrier mind you.) They proved with the guns taken out of the planes (they placed broom handles in their places) the plane could take off with full flaps (the main char, one of the Fl [...]

    16. Chris on said:

      Great book. Great Movie. Find out about The Ruptured Duck! There are North American B-25 Mitchell medium bombers everywhere. Big radial sounds vying for accord in a crescendo and a malarky: am I hearing this? the warbling of a chorus of engines.Wright radial R-2600's at 1,600hp each! i've seen droves of them in the 70's over my house in N. E. Los Angeles back then. and then there were the 1978 and 1979 Chino Airshows with the din of the radial engines with as much as (4) B-25 in the air at one t [...]

    17. Abrahamus on said:

      I'm reminded today, on the 70th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, that I read this book a long time ago, seems like I was around junior-high age. (It may even have been an abridged edition, not sure.) Anyway, it's a great first-hand account of the raid and the subsequent experiences of Lawson and his crew, which were fairly typical of the other members of the expedition. Immediately following the strike, Lawson and his crew were forced to ditch off Nantien. Lawson's leg was severely wounded in [...]

    18. Mike Harper on said:

      This book was a favorite of my father's and I suspect, of his generation. It's written in a form of English that has pretty well disappeared, but that characterizes the era. The author, one of Doolittle's pilots, a man who lost a leg in brutal conditions after crash landing in China, asks whether it was all worth it, and he says yes, it was. The contrast between Lawson's patriotism and so much of what passes for the same today is remarkable, and I found the book wholly worthwhile because of what [...]

    19. George Miller on said:

      This book was written in 1943 by a survivor of the Doolittle raid. Name of the Chinese who harbored the Doolittle raiders were changes, along with the names of the villages where the raiders were hidden from the Japanese. The Japanese still the held land surrounding the villages when the book was published. It is interesting that the raiders initially viewed the raid as a failure because they ran out fuel and crash landed in the sea or in China before reaching the Chinese bases where they were t [...]

    20. Christy on said:

      Jimmy Doolittle’s raid over Tokyo occurred just four months after Pearl Harbor, in direct retaliation for the Japanese attack. This account was written by one of the pilots, Ted Lawson, who lost a leg in the incident. He published the book a year later, in 1943. It’s fresh and raw, because it had just barely happened. (He wasn’t looking back over the years.) And it’s not politically correct–our enemies were the “Japs”. It’s pure, non-stop action, and it takes you there–somethin [...]

    21. Tom on said:

      Read this book a very long time ago, so probably don't really have any clear memory of how it was actually written. But it still gets a 5-star rating because it is most definitely one of the first books to spark my interest history in general and WWII history in particular. This is one that I will be putting on my "to re-read"list. And really I am quite surprised to find that I do not own a copy of it. I'll have to fix that.

    22. Mark C. on said:

      An autobiographical account of the American air raid on Tokyo lead by Jimmy Doolittle. Lawson briefly describes his training as a U.S Army Air Corps bomber pilot, the specialized training for the Doolittle raid, the actual raid, and the efforts to get back to the U.S. after crash landing on the coast of China. A very vivid reminder of how very dangerous military flying was in those days. (Today it's just dangerous.)

    23. Ted on said:

      Writing in 1943, the author was a pilot of one of the 16 B-25 bombers that took off from the carrier Hornet and bombed Japan on April 18, 1942, just four months after Pearl Harbor. The book tells the story of him and his crew from training for this secret mission through the attack itself, the crash landing that eventually cost him a leg, and the rescue by brave Chinese. The book is well-written.

    24. Caroline Reed on said:

      I remember the Christmas I was 13 years old. Being a lover of books my parents found a very old copy of this book in an antique shop and presented it to me that year. I read it in one sitting. I could not put it down. Ted Lawson's story is a touching one that is well written and provides an insight to World War II in the early years. I ended up getting a Bachelors Degree in History in 2013 and honestly I owe that to this book.

    25. Terry on said:

      This was a first person account of the Doolittle raids over Japan written by Capt. Ted W. Lawson, one of the pilots. The remarkable story describes the mission and their subsequent crash landings in China, and what they had to do to avoid Japanese ground forces. You have to appreciate the Chinese and missionaries who gave them medical assistance, hid, and trasnported them at the cost of their very lives.

    26. Joshua Michail on said:

      When I was in middle school this book was an English class assignment. I remember it being and enthralling memoir by an American bomber pilot of his experience in the Doolittle raid during World War II. He survived his plane being shot down by the Japanese and crash landing in China, then being hunted by the Japanese occupying forces in Manchuria, China. He credits the Chinese locals with helping him and others to survive and hide from the Japanese troops.

    27. Michael Vincent on said:

      What an amazing saga of courage and perseverance. These young men went through so much to loyally carry out this intense and risky mission. The book moves quickly with not too much detail, but enough to make you feel sick as you read the descriptions. A great introduction to an episode of World War II. I think I'll go watch the movie again.

    28. Violet on said:

      Written as if spoken, Thirty Seconds over Tokyo, relays one pilot's experience. Although Ted Lawson underwent tremendous trauma, he doesn't pity himself in the telling and is honest about his feelings. Although I thought at first the book would be forced reading, it wasn't because it was too interesting. I have the old copy, the one from 1943.

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