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I Could Never Be So Lucky Again: An Autobiography of James H. Jimmy Doolittle

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  • Posted August 11, 2009

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    Terrific Story, Great History, and My Only Regret...

    My only regret is that it took me so long to discover this book. General Doolittle and C.V. Glines (Col. USAF Ret.) provide a very detailed account of the General's life, his accomplishments, challenges, humble beginnings, and personal stereotype that he had to overcome. I am the type of reader that thoroughly enjoys an account of battles and history in general. If you want an inspirational book about a kid who grows up to be one of the most important Generals of WWII and if you have not read this account of this Patriotic American, Civil Servant, Aeronautical Entreprenuer and Engineer, (and contributor to the overal science of how our Airport development, safety, technique, and environmentally concerned citizen that he was), then you should simply READ THIS BOOK!

    There is just enough of the "personal" man to keep the book interesting - what Gen. Doolittle and Col. Glines do for us as readers is introduce us to the boy, young man, middle aged man, and (later) senior citizen who continued to work to leave the world in a better place than which he arrived. This story can remind each of you (as it did me) of where we come from (both from our family and our nation), who we are as a people, and how lucky we should consider ourselves to be to have a man in our past who contributed to air power and development in every bit the sense of importance as it was to have our nation declare independence in July of 1776. The free world owes a debt of gratitude to General Doolittle and to C.V. Glines for his piecing together the life story of and then the composition of this beautiful masterpiece.

    If you find you enjoy reading about pilots, the thrill of the chase, and the near death experiences of the early days of airplanes then this book will certainly have something for you too! The best part? It isn't mushy with over the top personal woes, though you do see that not everything General Doolittle attempted was a success. The inspiration comes from what he did with the knowledge he gained from the occassional failure and how he turned it around for some form of safety, development, or other process that enhanced air travel for all of us.

    Though I have mentioned there is not too much of his personal life it would be equally difficult not to include the Doolittle Family. His admiration for his wife, two sons, and later his grandchildren is expressed in this book at key points throughout - but again, he shares what is relevant and how it pertains to his life in a wholistic manner. As I see a picture in this book of the "boy" James Doolittle - I see my son; you may see yours too. As I read about how he met his wife - I could see the eyes of my wife and yet, for the age in which the photo was taken I also saw a little bit of my Irish Grandmother.

    Enjoy the book, enjoy the life, and I hope you digest each and every page the way that I did - as you can see this became (though was not intended) a very personal read for me on this the story about one of America's greatest hero's, when the word "hero" meant something.

    Semper Fidelis

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2001

    Terrific book

    General Doolittle's tale of his harrowing experiences in the early years of aviation is a remarkable account of the life of this man who was a true gentleman, scholar, boxer, aviator, scientist, and hero to millions. His humility is very atypical of what an aviator of his stature would have. He knew the Wright Brother's very well, served with men like Hap Arnold & Tooey Spaatz, and rubbed shoulders with other aviation greats like Chuck Yeager, Amelia Earhart, Pancho Barnes, Bob Hoover....the list goes on and on. If you want to read a great, comprehensive look at the history of aviation that spans almost the entire 20th century, I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2002

    A Marvelous Read!

    A wonderful adventure. Explains so much of how the military, and more importantly, the U.S. Air Force came to be. Also, explains the lingering question "How did we ever win that war?" With people like Jimmie Doolittle, who used his experience and training with an equal balance of common sense. A valuable read to understand what's going on today. How America should always be vigil and never forget. A true American hero.

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  • Posted January 17, 2014

    If you like aviation you should read this

    What an innovator, character and just plain brave man Jimmy Doolittle was. I tried to get this book but it is out of print and I was delighted to make this my first nook book. If you want an insight into the early years of aviation development this is a great source. We over use the word hero today but Jimmy Doolittle is right up there. So glad I was able to read this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2013

    can you give me any information on Lt. Hank Miller? He was a cou

    can you give me any information on Lt. Hank Miller? He was a cousin of my brother in law. The book was super.Don Farrell

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    I just finished this and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo. Both are EX

    I just finished this and Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo. Both are EXCELLENT books about WWII.



    This book in particular goes into deatail about Jimmy Doolittle the man and the officer.

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