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A terrific book and a terrific companion...
The family account of the General James H. Doolittle story continues; the story that keeps the reader interested while providing an insight as to what it was like to have the General as a Father and Grandfather. Ms. Hoppes makes an extraordinary effort to bring the General to the every day person by finding a connection in each of us who look up to him. In her written disclosure of family events we see how much the General cared and loved his wife, his sons, and all of his Grandchildren. I for one am thankful that Ms. Hoppes took the time to share her family with a growing number of people who are interested in not only their heroes, but in showing the failures that we all endure from time to time and how we can use these events to benefit others. One should really consider all of the scientific contributions by General Doolittle in order to appreciate this family story. The General was never to "big in his britches" to understand that kindness and decency went a long way beyond his personal achievements and Ms. Hoppes shows us just what the important things in life were for the General and should be in each of us. Each person who reads this book will come away with a better understanding of what it is and what it means to be "a good person". Much more than that, you will have an understanding of a family perspective of a man who had led the Mighty Eighth Air Force to victory in Europe. The day General Doolittle passed away in 1993 I was in my car on my college campus and recall the radio broadcaster announcing the news. My future Father in law (at the time) would tell me that General Doolittle was in his view the "most under rated and under appreciated General in the European Theater" - he would have a right to state this as he too was a pilot flying B-26 Marauders for the 15th Air Force during WWII. This book is a necessary companion to "I Could Never Be So Lucky Again". If you read General Doolittle's Autobiography - then you also need to read this book. A book that I wanted to include with this in the "recommendation" section is entitled "A Few Good Captains" by DeWitt S. Copp; however, it is out of print but you can search for it on-line.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 30, 2006
'CALCULATED RISK' IS ONE EXCITING BOOK THAT KEEPS ME ON THE EDGE OF MY SEAT. IAM SO THANKFUL THAT THIS NEW BIO ABOUT JIMMY DOOTLITTLE HAS COME OUT AND HAS BEEN RELEASED AND RESEARCHED ALOT OF FAMILY DOCUMENTS WHICH ALSO BRINGS ALOT OF NEW PHOTOS . THIS IS A REALLY FINE PUBLICATION CAUSE IT SHOWS THE REAL FACTS AND IT ALSO STOPS FICTION AND LETS PEOPLE KNOW WHO THIS GREAT FREEDOM FLYER REALLY WAS. THIS WOULD MAKE A GREAT GIFT FOR A FRIEND, FAMILY MEMBER, OR A SOLDIER SERVING OVER SEAS.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.