Calculated Risk: The Extraordinary Life of Jimmy Doolittle - Aviation Pioneer and World War II Hero

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Famous for leading the Tokyo Raid, America's first strike against Japan in World War II, Jimmy Doolittle led a remarkable life as an American pilot. This firsthand account by his granddaughter reveals an extraordinary individual—a scientist with a doctorate in aeronautical engineering from MIT, an aviation pioneer who was the first to fly across the United States in less than 24 hours and the first to fly “blind” (using only his plane’s instruments), a barnstormer well known for aerobatics, a popular racing ...
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Overview


Famous for leading the Tokyo Raid, America's first strike against Japan in World War II, Jimmy Doolittle led a remarkable life as an American pilot. This firsthand account by his granddaughter reveals an extraordinary individual—a scientist with a doctorate in aeronautical engineering from MIT, an aviation pioneer who was the first to fly across the United States in less than 24 hours and the first to fly “blind” (using only his plane’s instruments), a barnstormer well known for aerobatics, a popular racing pilot who won every major air race at least once, recipient of both the Congressional Medal of Honor and Presidential Medal of Freedom, a four-star general, and commander of both the 8th, 12th and 15th Air Forces. This memoir provides insights into the public and private world of Jimmy Doolittle and his family and sheds light on the drives and motivation of one of America's most influential and ambitious aviators.
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Editorial Reviews

ForeWord Review
"Hoppes' memoir is perfect for any reader searching for a more personal account of Doolittle and the incredible support he received from his wife."
Library Journal
Hoppes, a granddaughter of famed aviator Jimmy Doolittle (1896-1993), has written a loving joint memoir of her beloved Gramps and his wife, Joe. Relying on conversations with her father, memories of her grandparents, extensive letters they wrote, and secondary sources, Hoppes tells a well-known story. She focuses on Jimmy's stunning achievements in test flying and engineering and, of course, the remarkable raid he led on Tokyo in 1942. Hoppes portrays Jimmy's wife as the ultimate helpmate who devotes her life to her husband and his career. The author doesn't always sugarcoat, however, and covers information not included in Doolittle's own autobiography (I Could Never Be So Lucky Again). She talks briefly about a love affair Jimmy had and his wife's forgiveness, as well as the suicide of their son, Jimmy. Although military history specialists will learn little new from this account, it can serve as an appealing, well-written introduction to general audiences. Archival photographs are included. Recommended for non-academic libraries.-Anthony O. Edmonds, Ball State Univ., Muncie, IN Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781891661440
  • Publisher: Santa Monica Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Pages: 334
  • Sales rank: 957,779
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Jonna Doolittle Hoppes is the granddaughter of Jimmy Doolittle. She teaches classes at the United States Air Force base in Los Angeles and has written about her grandfather in Smithsonian Air and Space magazine. She lives in Huntington Beach, California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2011

    good read

    a lot seems to be taken verbatim from "I Could Never Be So Lucky Again"

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  • Posted August 11, 2009

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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.

    Semper Fidelis

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2006

    FREEDOM FLYER

    '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.

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