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.