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Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle & the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor

The shocking Japanese attack on U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii resulted in the devastating loss of more than two thousand Soldiers and citizens. Even as Americans reeled from the blow, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his military advisors were already planning a retaliatory counter-attack on Japan. On Thursday, August 3, 2017, the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center (USAHEC) in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, will host author James M. Scott for a lecture using themes from his latest publication, Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor. Scott will shed new light on the details of Roosevelt’s counterattack and the brave airmen who risked everything to give their country hope in the coming world war.

The American counterattack on Tokyo, known commonly as the “Doolittle Raid,” provided a desperately needed morale boost to Americans still reeling from the disastrous attack on Pearl Harbor. The mission, commanded by pilot Jimmy Doolittle, occurred only four months after the attacks on Pearl Harbor, offering the American people a sense of immediate justice. In his lecture, Scott will discuss the triumphs of the Doolittle Raid and the consequent hope the mission provided to the badly shaken American population. He will also examine the effect the tactically ineffective raid had on the confidence the Japanese people held in their leadership’s ability to stop the eventual American onslaught. Finally, Scott will bring to the fore the Soldiers responsible for carrying out the near-suicidal mission to strike fear in Japanese hearts.

James M. Scott is the acclaimed author of three books on American naval history, including The War Below: The Story of Three Submarines That Battled Japan and The Attack on the Liberty: The Untold Story of Israel’s Deadly Assault on a U.S. Spy Ship. His most recent work, Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor, was named one of the best books of the year by Kirkus, the Christian Science Monitor, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Throughout his career, Scott has been awarded with multiple honors – he is the recipient of the McClatchy Company President’s Award, and was named the 2003 Journalist of the Year by the South Carolina Press Association, as well as the 2005 Young Alumnus of the Year by his alma mater, Wofford College. He is also a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Scott is currently writing a book on the Battle for Manila.

This lecture is held in the multipurpose rooms of the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The building opens at 6:30pm, the talk begins at 7:15pm, and the question period concludes around 8:30pm. All are welcome, and the event is free! For further information, please call 717-245-3972

Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle & the Raid That Avenged Pearl Harbor
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  • The shocking Japanese attack on U.S. forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii resulted in the devastating loss of more than two thousand Soldiers and citizens. Even as Americans reeled from the blow, President