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Target Tokyo : Jimmy Doolittle and the raid that avenged Pearl Harbor

Author: James Scott
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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The dramatic account of one of America's most celebrated-- and controversial--military campaigns: the Doolittle Raid.
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: James Harold Doolittle; James Harold Doolittle; James Harold Doolittle
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James Scott
ISBN: 9780393089622 0393089622 9780393352276 0393352277
OCLC Number: 894777706
Awards: Short-listed for Pulitzer Prize 2016
Description: xv, 648 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Responsibility: James M. Scott.

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